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SOURCES: Taggart not headed to Florida but Frost very well could be

SOURCES: Taggart not headed to Florida but Frost very well could be

UPDATED: Taggart commented on the rumors during his noon press conference.

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Oregon coach Willie Taggart is not going to become the new coach at Florida, according to multiple sources.

So we can squash any speculation on that front right away.  But No. 15 Central Florida coach Scott Frost, a former UO assistant, very well could become the Gator's new coach, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. 

During his noon press conference, Taggart said that he hasn't been contacted by Florida.

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"I have not been contacted by anyone," he said. "The only AD I've been contacted by is Rob Mullens, and I love that guy. I'm committed to the University of Oregon and focused on Washington, a big time game for us this week."

Florida fired Jim McElwain over the weekend leading to the usual widespread rumors about who will replace him and Taggart's name has surfaced. It's only logical that his name is being thrown around given that he is from Palmetto, Fla., and he rebuilt South Florida before becoming Oregon's head coach last December. 

However, according to sources, Taggart has no plans to leave Oregon and has not been offered the Florida
job. But, Frost is certainly a top target of the Gators.

Frost was Oregon's offensive coordinator at Oregon from 2013 through 2015 and helped coach quarterback Marcus Mariota during his Heisman Trophy season (2014). He took over Central Florida in the winter of 2015 after the Knights went 0-12. Frost got UCF to 6-7 last year and now has it at 7-0 and 4-0 in the American Athletic Conference.

It would be a big leap for Frost to go from UCF to Florida after just two seasons as a head coach in a non-Power Five conference. One would think that on paper, Taggart would be the much more desired candidate given that he also rebuilt Western Kentucky before moving on to USF.  

Then again, the college football coaching world very rarely makes sense. Remember that McElwain was a top target of Oregon's before he declined the Ducks' offer leading to UO ultimately hiring Taggart. Frost Frost was never a candidate for the UO job.

Now, McElwain is out at Florida and Frost could be the guy to replace him.

Taggart has a 45-49 lifetime record that is somewhat deciding. WKU had lost 21-straight games before he took over the program in 2010. He went 2-10 that first season before going 7-5 in each of the next two seasons before going to USF in 2013. Western Kentucky has continued to flourish since he departed.

At USF, Taggart inherited a 3-9 team and went 2-10 then 4-8. Along the way he switched to the spread offense and it finally took in year three when the Bulls went 8-5. Last year USF went 10-2 leading to Taggart being offered the Oregon job. 

Oregon, 4-8 last season, will be Taggart's third rebuilding project. It got off to a strong start before quarterback Justin Herbert went down with a collarbone injury against California on Sept. 30. The Ducks were 4-1 after that night but lost three straight without Herbert before ending the losing streak with a 41-20 win over Utah on Saturday. 

Oregon (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) plays at No. 12 Washington (7-1, 4-1) on Saturday. 

UCF's Scott Frost proclaims he's 'not a candidate for Oregon'

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UCF's Scott Frost proclaims he's 'not a candidate for Oregon'

If he was even on it, you might be able to scratch Scott Frost off of Oregon’s coaching to-do list.  Maybe.

Not long after Mark Helfrich was dumped by the Ducks, Frost’s name was mentioned as a possible replacement.  The connection made sense, given the fact that the UCF head coach spent seven seasons with the UO football program as an assistant.

There has been speculation, however, that the Ducks, who haven’t hired from the outside in four decades, may be looking to branch out with this coaching hire.

Even if they were interested in taking the same tack, Frost, at least publicly, is saying he’s not interested in returning to Eugene.

“I’m not a candidate for Oregon,” the 41-year-old Frost said according to the Orlando Sentinel. “I’m happy right here. This is where I want to be. I started something here, and I feel like we’ve taken a lot of steps to get this program to the top of our league. I want to see that through.”

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