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Willie Taggart must change perception at USF

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TAMPA, Florida (AP) -- Willie Taggart knows what he's in for at South Florida.

The Bulls once were widely regarded as one of the fastest rising college football programs in the nation, but they've mostly been viewed as underachievers the past five seasons.

Taggart is determined to change that perception.

The first-year coach comes to Tampa after turning around a struggling program at Western Kentucky, his alma mater. Before that he was an assistant at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh, who led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl last season.

Part of the lure was a chance to lead a BCS program. But Taggart also grew up in the Tampa Bay Area and found it difficult resist an opportunity to return home to continue his career.

He expects to be successful right away.

Associated Press

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