I personally doubt it, Chris. I realize that this year has been an unmitigated disaster in San Francisco, but he has nothing to work with – at all. Chip has also made it known that he wants to stay in the NFL.
Not a sexy hire, not the huge name, but he has incrementally built South Florida up. He has California recruiting ties, being a former assistant at Stanford. He obviously knows Florida well, another recruiting hotbed.
Time will tell how this shakes out, but they could have done a lot worse than Taggart.
The Ducks definitely took a financial blow by firing Helfrich this year. Perhaps they might have given him another year, but that could have been costly in other ways, IE recruiting.
Don’t know about Taggert. Seems he is a good recruiter, especially in Florida, but also when he was with Stanford, but I don’t seriously believe he will be able to recruit many Florida standouts to Oregon down there in the heart of the SEC.