TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Turning around South Florida's struggling football program is proving every bit the challenge Willie Taggart suspected it to be.
The Bulls went 2-10 a year ago in the team's inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference, failing to earn a bowl berth for the third consecutive year.
Taggart is beginning his second season at USF after spending three years as Western Kentucky's head coach, transforming the Hilltoppers from conference doormats and into winners. He remains confident he can do the same with the Bulls, who a few years ago were widely viewed as the fastest growing program in the nation.
He says, "The culture doesn't change just because you have a new coach. The thing I had to do was be patient, but stay the course."