Willie Taggert Using South Florida Bulls as Stepping Stone

By Devin O'Barr
Willie Taggert coaching from the sideline
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It’s no mystery that African-American head coaches in both the NFL and the NCAAF are at a disadvantage. The South Florida Bulls are looking to buck that trend in 2013 as they turn to Willie Taggert to lead this team to a Big East title.

The Bulls had a decent recruiting class this Winter and hopefully it can pull the program out of the enormous hole that they have dug themselves.

Former Bulls Head Coach Skip Holtz had initial success with the team, but he finished with a 16-21 record and was just 3-9 in 2012.

If indeed Taggert can turn around South Florida like he did with Western Kentucky Hilltoppers the NFL will not be far away for this head coach. Taggert took over a Western Kentucky team that had lost their last 20 games–after an initial season of 2-10 Taggert turned it around in a big way.

The Hilltoppers were 7-5 in each of Taggert’s last two seasons and definitely made an impact on a program that had previously enjoyed such little success.

With the “Rooney Rule” being called in question now that the NFL has just three African American head coaches Taggert may be a potential hire in just a few years.

The track record is getting more impressive for Taggert and if he can take this struggling Bulls program to a BCS Bowl game he deserves the opportunity take a throne at the next level.

He has done his job the right way and worked his way all the way up from Stanford University where he was the running backs coach for now San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh.

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