Taggart Hasn’t Left Next Coach Empty Handed

Taggart Didn’t Leave The Cupboard Bare For Next Coach

It seems whichever coach gets the USF job will be inheriting tons of talent. Willie Taggart left for Oregon, but he leaves behind one of the most explosive Gulf Coast Offenses in the conference.

Say Charlie Strong does get the job as USF’s next head coach, he will be coaching USF all-time leading rusher Marlon Mack and USF’s first ever 2,000/1,000 yard quarterback Quinton Flowers.

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Should Mack stay for his senior year and not go to the NFL Draft, the next head coach will have a dynamic trio of runners adding D’Ernest Johnson into that mix.

Taggart definitely doesn’t leave Strong, unless the deal falls through, in the position he was when he took over USF from Skip Holtz. In fact, Strong will take over a 10-2 team that is on the rise and making back to back bowl appearances.

Just as Strong left Tom Herman with a group of talented recruits at Texas, Taggarts 2016 recruiting class, which included two four-star prospects in Craig Watts and Darnell Salomon, is sure to make the next coach happy.

Let’s take a walk down memory lane and recall that Strong was the head coach of Teddy Bridgewater at Louisville. Strong has the ability to bring some of USF’s best players to their full potential.

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Let’s take Flowers for example, who received a lot of attention this year after leading the Bulls to three nation-leading streaks. The junior quarterback was the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and could go on to be in the talks of a national player of the year award next year, should his talents continue to blossom under whoever takes over the reins at USF.

While the offense is one many coaches dream of coaching, the defense needs a little extra spark. What better way to add element to a lacking defense than bringing in a defensive-minded coach.

The talent is there for the Bull Shark defense, but it is a challenge that could be enticing for a guy like Strong, should he get the job with USF.

South Florida Bulls
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Whichever route USF’s athletic department decides to take, the next head coach will have a great group of talented football players to work with.

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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.