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  • 29 Aug
    导出博客文章EUGENE, Ore. -- New Oregon coach Willie Taggart on Thursday said the Ducks are at a place where they can win a national championship.The unique and innovative qualities that the Oregon brand poses over the national landscape provide us with the opportunity to be successful at the highest level on a consistent basis, Taggart said at his introductory news conference Thursday.Taggart, 40, comes to Oregon via South Florida, where he went 24-25 as a head coach but led the Bulls to a 10-2 record in 2016. Prior to that, he was the head coach at Western Kentucky, his alma mater, going 16-20.Buckle up, because its going to be fun, Taggart said. We going to get after it. Were going to recruit the best of the best -- and you should here at the University of Oregon. We dont have to settle for anything. I look at our football program, and the University of Oregon is a national brand. And were going to go over the entire country to find the best of the best.He replaces Mark Helfrich, who was fired Nov. 29 after going 37-16 in his four seasons as a head coach.A little over a week ago, we set out to find a new leader, a new educator and a new coach to usher Oregon football into a new era, athletic director Rob Mullen said. We sought someone who shared our values, someone who had a track record of success, someone who genuinely cared about our student athletes, yet pushed them well beyond their potential. We found him. Willie Taggart is all of that and more.Taggart has coached in the Pac-12 before. He spent the 2007-09 seasons coaching the running backs under then-head coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford, where he tutored Doak Walker Award winner Toby Gerhart.Harbaugh, who now coaches at Michigan, sent a congratulatory message on Twitter.Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman, who played at Stanford while Taggart was there, also shared his thoughts on Oregons hire.I think its awesome, Sherman said. Fantastic recruiter. Players coach. Theyll be very happy with the guy they got.Taggart said he will require that every member of the staff and team attacks each day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind, a saying that Harbaugh made popular last year.He also cited the influence of Jack Harbaugh, for whom he played at Western Kentucky.Ever since I met Jim Harbaugh, my life has gone nowhere but up, said Taggart, who reportedly received a glowing recommendation from Harbaugh for the Oregon job. Jack Harbaugh, who I played for, is my mentor, my everything. He is everything to me.Taggart said that it was Jack who made him want to become a coach.Seeing how he influenced my life and changed my life, I decided that was something I wanted to do, Taggart said. I wanted to coach. I wanted to influence young men and change their lives like [the Harbaughs] changed mine. Dick Butkus Jersey . Ferrer, trying to win his fourth title on Mexican soil, will next play South Africas Kevin Anderson, who eliminated American Sam Querrey,7-6 (2), 6-4. Also Wednesday, Gilles Simon (6) of France beat Donald Young of the United States 6-4, 6-3, Ukraines Alexandr Dolgopolov downed Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-4 and Croatias Ivo Karlovic defeated Dudi Sela of Israel 7-6 (4), 6-2. Tarik Cohen Jersey . Reigning world champion Eve Muirhead of Scotland opened with a 12-2 rout of Winnipegs Jennifer Jones in a battle of teams bound for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. . PETERSBURG, Fla. Roquan Smith Jersey . -- The Missouri Tigers might not have a roster full of superstars. Walter Payton Womens Jersey . -- The boos poured down on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at the end of a horrible first half. CINCINNATI -- Arizona manager Chip Hale warned other teams on Saturday about plunking Diamondbacks leadoff hitter Jean Segura, who took exception to the latest pitch that hit him.Segura led off Friday nights game with a homer and then got hit in the lower back on the first pitch by Cincinnatis Dan Straily in his next at-bat. Segura motioned toward the mound, but the umpires kept the peace and warned both benches.Hale acknowledged that Segura stands close to the plate, which makes him easier to hit. But the manager said it looked like Straily hit him on purpose.For the umpire to give a warning takes away your chance to show Jean youre behind him, Hale said. We have to protect our teammates. We talk about it with our pitchers.I hope these (opposing) piitchers understand that if theyre going to continue to hit our players, especially when it looks like -- and it looked like that in San Francisco and it looked like that last night -- that the pitcher hit him because he hit a home run, theres going to be some retribution at some point.ddddddddddddSegura has been hit eight times, tied for eighth-most in the National League. Miamis Derek Dietrich has been hit 18 times, most in the NL. Three times this season, Segura has been hit by a pitch in the same game in which he homered, including against San Francisco on July 8.---Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: ' ' '