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Willie Taggart: Ducks team 'will attack each day with enthusiasm unknown to mankind'

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During his introductory news conference Thursday, new Oregon Ducks head coach Willie Taggart said he was ready to get to work and that he believes this team has the tools to win a National Championship. (KPTV) During his introductory news conference Thursday, new Oregon Ducks head coach Willie Taggart said he was ready to get to work and that he believes this team has the tools to win a National Championship. (KPTV)
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The Oregon Ducks introduced Willie Taggart from South Florida Thursday in Eugene, their first head coach hired from outside the program since Rich Brooks arrived 40 years ago.

The Florida-born 40-year-old is bringing the juice and comes stacked with high-powered references from Hall of Famers Tony Dungy, Oliver Luck and Michigan man Jim Harbaugh.

“To be honest with you all, I cannot wait to get this press conference over with so I can get to work!” he said. “I tell everyone to this day, since I met Jim Harbaugh my life been going nowhere but up.”

The one-time Stanford assistant knows the West and the Pac-12 and said he thought the team had the potential to grab a title.

“I feel like we can win a National Championship here, and that was very important to me in making that move and there is no reason for us not to,” Taggart said.

Unlike his previous program takeovers at his alma mater of Western Kentucky and then USF, where he just guided the Bulls to a school-record 10 wins, the cupboard isn't bare for a Duck team that turned in a vastly underachieving four victory campaign.

Taggart said he planned to bring the three principles that brought him success at his previous stops with his to Eugene.

“We have built successful programs at both places by standing on three tenants - make no excuses, blame no one, and do something,” he said.

From Brooks to Bellotti to Kelly to Helfrich, and now with Taggart, a key for Oregon coaches has been to "Win the Day" on the recruiting trail.

“We are going to recruit, like I said, the best of the best, and you should here at the University of Oregon. We don’t have to settle for anything,” he said. “Before we go out around the country, we are going to take care of the state of Oregon first. We are going to put a fence around here and keep our best football players in the state.”

The new coach also explained that hustle will be needed to be part of his Ducks program.

“Everyone in our football program, everyone that touches our football program, will attack each day with enthusiasm unknown to mankind,” Taggart said. “I don’t get along with boring people. It’s just hard. Me and boring people, it’s just hard. We just don’t match. The people that are associated with us are going to have what I call, ‘juice’.

Stacking up points and explosion plays, Taggart's version of the spread offense sure fits at the U of O. But what about that defense he inherits that was third from the bottom in all of the FBS?

“Getting a really good defensive coordinator first and foremost,” he explained. “The very best one we can get and trust me, there are a lot of them that want to be here.”

Taggart says he will meet with some members of the former coaching staff as he looks to build for the future for Oregon football.

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