Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks

Oregon football coach Willie Taggart is starting to pull from his former coaching staff at South Florida, beginning with the hiring of running backs coach Donte Pimpleton to serve in the same role with the Ducks, a source has confirmed. 

The news was first reported by Fox Sports

Pimpleton will replace Gary Campbell, who coached UO running backs for 34 years under Rich Brooks, Mike Bellotti, Chip Kelly and the recently fired, Mark Helfrich. 

New head coach Willie Taggart and Pimpleton have deep ties.  Both played football at Western Kentucky where Pimpleton later coached under Taggart as the offensive quality control coach (2010-2011) and as the wide receivers coach (2012). 

Taggart coached at Western Kentucky from 2010 through 2012 before taking over South Florida. Pimpleton then moved over the Kentucky Wesleyan for two seasons (2013-2014) and then to Delaware State (2015) before rejoining Taggart at USF for the 2016 season. 

Pimpleton played quarterback and receiver at Western Kentucky from 1997 through 2001. Taggart played quarterback there from 1994 through 1998. 

Pimpleton becomes the third new coach at Oregon under Taggart, joining defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt and wide receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty.