In the AAC this year, most of the focus was on the rise of four teams: Houston, Temple, Memphis, and Navy. All of them had great seasons and were, deservedly so, the talk of many throughout the football world.
However, there is one program that certainly had a much better season than anyone would have believed. The South Florida Bulls finished the season 8-4 and were one Owls’ loss away from winning the AAC East and going to the conference championship game.
Head coach Willie Taggart and his defense are mostly deserving of the thanks for this incredible season. Taggart has helped the Bulls go from 2-10 to 8-4 and a real competitor in the conference once again in just three seasons and he was rewarded with a contract extension because of it.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Taggart’s contract extension runs through 2020 and is valued at $9 million.
“We had a vision of what we could create at USF and I would like to thank the players, coaches and staff who believed in that vision and who came together to make it a reality,” Taggart said in a released statement. “President Genshaft and Mark Harlan have been tremendously supportive as we work together to build something very special here at USF. We appreciate the Bulls fans, students and alumni who have taken Bulls Nation to places it has never been before. We are just getting started.”
Taggart led the Bulls to the Miami Beach Bowl against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers this year.
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