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Morning Links: Oregon hires new coach, ESPN names Hunter Dimick Pac-12 DPOY

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2016, file photo, South Florida head coach Willie Taggart shouts instructions to his team during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Central Florida, in Tampa, Fla. South Florida football coach Willie Taggart h
FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2016, file photo, South Florida head coach Willie Taggart shouts instructions to his team during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Central Florida, in Tampa, Fla. South Florida football coach Willie Taggart has informed the school that he is leaving to become the coach at Oregon, a person with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither school was prepared to make an official announcement. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
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Oregon football program to hire Willie Taggart as head coach

Multiple reports have surfaced that Oregon will announce Willie Taggart has the new head coach of the football program.

Taggart, who comes from the University of South Florida, has helped turn the struggling program around. The Bulls finished the season 10-2.

Taggart has experience in the Pac-12. He was an assistant from 2007-2009 at Stanford.

An article by ESPN's Brett McMurphy noted that Taggart has the endorsement of former NFL head coach Tony Dungy.

Writes McMurphy: "(Taggart) knows the West Coast, having been at Stanford," Dungy told ESPN last week. "He has all the elements Oregon is looking for. He's a bright, young coach and it makes him easy to recommend."

Hunter Dimick named ESPN's Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year

University of Utah defensive end Hunter Dimick set the school record for career sacks in 2016, and on Tuesday morning he was recognized by Ted Miller of ESPN's Pac-12 blog as the conference's Defensive Player of the Year.

"The coaches chose Adoree' Jackson as their Player of the Year, and that's a great choice, too," Miller wrote. "Within the ESPN.com discussion, there was a not unjustifiable advocacy for UCLA DE Takkarist McKinley, who might have a brighter NFL future. But if Pac-12 folks wanted a different defensive player of the year, they should have blocked Dimick better."

Rudy Gobert has a career night - scoring 22 points

It seems as if Rudy Gobert is getting better each game he plays. The Utah Jazz center scored a career high 22 points in a win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

Gobert had this dunk to seal the deal for the Jazz.

Gobert also finished with a career high in free throws made in a game, going 10-of-11 at the line. His previous high was eight made.

Carra McManamon is a native of Washington State and is attending the University of Utah. Contact her at cmcmanamon@deseretdigital.com or follow her on Twitter: @curramac22