Willie Taggart Reportedly Leaves Western Kentucky for South Florida

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2012

Willie Taggart has reportedly decided to move on from Western Kentucky, taking his coaching talents to South Florida according to The Miami Herald's Fred Goodall on Saturday. 

South Florida will announce the hiring on Saturday afternoon according to ESPN college football reporter Brett McMurphy via Twitter:

USF will announce Willie Taggart as Bulls' new coach at 4 p.m. today

— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 8, 2012


UPDATE: Saturday, December 8 at 4:45 p.m. by Matt Fitzgerald

Joey Johnston of Tampa Bay Online has the latest on Taggart's hire, including contract details and the reasoning as to why wanted to take the job with South Florida:

Willie Taggart, saying he was enticed by the program's potential and the opportunity for a homecoming, was introduced as the University of South Florida's new head football coach on Saturday afternoon during an on-campus news conference.

He agreed to a five-year, $5.75-million contract with annual compensation of $1.15-million. The assistant coach salary pool for next season is $1.9-million.

Taggart [is] a Palmetto native and former star quarterback at Bradenton Manatee High.

---End of Update---


Taggart led the Hilltoppers to a 7-5 record in 2012, finishing 4-4 in the Sun Belt Conference and earning a berth in the Little Caesars Bowl against Central Michigan on Dec. 26 (the program's fist bowl appearance as a member of FBS). Taggart, 36, leaves Western Kentucky after three seasons. He compiled a record of 16-20 dating back to 2010.

Taggart actually played quarterback at Western Kentucky during the late 1990s, and coached at the university from 1999 to 2006, before taking a job as Stanford's running backs coach for three seasons. He returned to Bowling Green in 2010 to take over as the head coach of the Hilltoppers.

But after turning things around at WKU, Taggart will once again have his work cut out for him after opting to take over a rebuilding project in Tampa.

South Florida had a disastrous season in 2012, finishing dead last in the Big East Conference and 3-9 overall. Head coach Skip Holtz was fired shortly after the Bulls' regular season finale loss to Pittsburgh. Holtz was 16-21 as head coach of South Florida from 2010 to 2012. The Bulls never finished better than fifth in the conference under Holtz.

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