After firing head coach Skip Holtz, the University of South Florida was linked to many names in the coaching search. However, one name was mentioned several times and was the most common to be linked as the next head coach of the USF football program. Friday evening, 98.7 The Fan’s Anthony “Booger” McFarland was first to break the news on Twitter that Western Kentucky’s Willie Taggart will be USF’s new coach: “Willie Taggart will be ur coach at #USF barring any last minute drama on contract” Taggart was the popular choice by many and rightfully so. He recruits well in the region due to his ties to Tampa Bay. Taggart grew up in Palmetto, Fl and attended Manatee High School. He started his coaching career as an assistant at Western Kentucky before serving as the running backs coach at Stanford under head coach Jim Harbaugh. He was recognized for the role in played in developing Heisman candidate Toby Gerhart. Taggart was also in charge of recruiting the southeast, including Florida. Taggart returned to WKU as head coach in 2010 and led the Hilltoppers to back to back seven wins seasons in 2011 and 2012, including two consecutive bowl bids. Since the news on the hiring broke, the feedback from several media outlets and fans has been more positive than negative. But remember when Skip Holtz got the job back in 2010? People were excited then as well. He promised Big East championships and BCS bowl bids. That didn’t come close to happening. So before we jump with excitement, let’s allow Taggart to do his work. Here’s hoping that he can get the football program going in the right direction. At this point, that’s all we can ask. South Florida is set to introduce Taggart as head coach Saturday afternoon at a 4 p.m. press conference. (Photo credit: AP) The post USF hires Willie Taggart as their next head coach appeared first on The Bay Cave.