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EUGENE, Ore. Chris Peace . -- 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. Anthony Simmons . LOUIS -- St. Chuck ONeil . -- The St. Johns IceCaps weathered a wild first period with the help of goaltender Jussi Olkinuora, before finding offensive inroads in the second. https://www.cheapnfljerseyschina.co/ . Dukurs winning time was 1 minute, 45.76 seconds, a quarter-second better than Russias Alexander Tretiakov. Lativas Tomass Dukurs was third, 1.41 seconds off the pace. Jon Montgomery of Eckville, Alta. Point guard Demetrius Jackson, the 45th pick in the 2016 draft, will sign a four-year, $5.5 million contract with the Boston Celtics, a league source confirmed to ESPN.The Boston Globe first reported the details of Jacksons rookie contract.In earning an average annual salary of $1.38 million, Jackson will essentially be paid similar to the No. 23 overall pick, assuming that player earned 100 percent of the leagues rookie scale. Depending on the structure of Jacksons deal, his guaranteed first-year salary could rival that of a pick in the late teens.The deal might raise questions about why the Celtics would give such a lucrative contract to a mid-second-round selection. Just one year ago, Boston drafted Marcus Thornton at No. 45 and elected to stash him overseas in Australia to develop. He has yet to sign a deal with the Celtics.Boston is essentially protecting its investment and utilizing available money to ensure Jackson stays under the teams long-term control. Second-round picks often settle for two-year deals at the minimum salary, which would pay only $543,471 this season. Teams are more commonly shunning these deals because over-performing second-round picks are in position to be signed away after two seasons, as drafting teams have only limited early Bird rights with which to retain them.Jacksons deal will afford Boston the right of first refusal if he turns into a contributor at the NBA level. The Celtics executed a similar contract last season while inkingg 2015 second-round pick Jordan Mickey to a four-year, $5 million deal. Cheap NFL Jerseys China. Mickey, the No. 33 pick, got two guaranteed seasons at first-round money in exchange for being under the teams long-term control because the Celtics will hold full Bird rights by the end of his deal.Jackson, who is 6-foot-1, had a quiet summer league debut for Boston. In eight appearances over stints in Utah and Las Vegas, he averaged 5.3 points, 2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1 steal in 16.6 minutes per game.Boston appears deep at the guard spot, and Jacksons role could be limited in his rookie campaign, particularly if second-year guard Terry Rozier elevates to a rotation spot. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge had said earlier this month that the team was probably in the market for another ball handler to fill out its depth chart, and Jackson fills that role. He is probably ticketed to spend much of his first season with the Maine Red Claws of the D-League.The Memphis Grizzlies drafted Deyonta Davis at No. 31 overall in June, utilizing a pick acquired from Boston, and recently signed him to a three-year, $4 million deal. That deal will make him a restricted free agent at the end of his three-year contract. The Celtics will have a team option for Jacksons fourth season, but he will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of his deal. ' ' '