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Willie Taggart Named South Florida Coach

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Well, the first one is gone.

After a remarkable flurry of rumors and updates regarding Wisconsin's head coaching search earlier in the week, the tide has slowed a bit in the aftermath of Barry Alvarez announcing he'd coach the Badgers in the Rose Bowl and subsequently ruling out Pitt head coach Paul Chryst as an option at UW.

But now Wisconsin has one less target in its pool of coaching candidates, as SB Nation's Steven Godfrey reported earlier Friday that former Western Kentucky head coach Willie Taggart will be the next coach at South Florida. Taggart, a Florida native, reportedly interviewed with Wisconsin earlier in the week. But all along, USF was said to be acting quickly and Taggart was indeed interested in the job. He'll take over a Bulls team that struggled through two straight losing seasons in three years under Skip Holtz.

For Wisconsin, the search is now trimmed to a group of candidates who have seen their names frequently tossed around this week. Boise State head coach Chris Petersen will reportedly interview with Wisconsin this week, as interim head coach and Director of Athletics said he would hold off initial interviews (despite that reprot Taggart had already interviwed) until after this weekend, when Wisconsin had several key recruits coming in. Other names that have been identified as possible candidates are Miami head coach Al Golden, Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress and Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.