New coach (Willie Taggart), new defensive coordinator (Jim Leavitt) and a new chance to re-establish themselves as a Pac-12 power.

Sounds good to us for the Oregon Ducks, who tumbled from 9-4 to 4-8 last season, which was enough to cost low key Mark Helfrich his job. Taggart was a somewhat surprise pick from South  Florida, where he won a consistent basis.

Taggart got off to a rocky start in Eugene when the Oregon strength coach was suspended after three players were hospitalized after some rigorous off season workouts and new co-offensive coordinator  David Reaves was arrested on a DUI charge and resigned.  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.