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USF looking to turn around fortunes under Taggart

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 19, 2014 at 6:24 pm •  Published: August 19, 2014
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photo - FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2013, file photo, South Florida head coach Willie Taggart celebrates with fans after the team defeated Cincinnati during an NCAA college football game in Tampa, Fla. Now that Chris Petersen has left Boise State for Washington, college football needs another coach from outside the so-called Big 5 conferences that will have his name come up for almost every big job. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2013, file photo, South Florida head coach Willie Taggart celebrates with fans after the team defeated Cincinnati during an NCAA college football game in Tampa, Fla. Now that Chris Petersen has left Boise State for Washington, college football needs another coach from outside the so-called Big 5 conferences that will have his name come up for almost every big job. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

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."