Willie Taggart says he'll take on state's big boys, hire coaches soon
Posted by: Josh Kendall on Thursday December 13, 2012
Posted by: Josh Kendall on December 13, 2012
Willie Taggart delivered a message Thursday morning to Will Muschamp, Jimbo Fisher, Al Golden and George O'Leary.
"I am so excited I have the same size stick now," Taggart said on 1080-AM in Orlando. "Before we had a switch, swinging it. Now we have a stick. We're going to see where it takes us. We're not going to bow down to any program."
Taggart was responding to a question about recruiting against those established coaches at traditional powers in the state of Florida.
"If we want to be one of those teams that competes for championships, we have to compete against those guys in recurring," Taggart said. "Those schools have been around longer than us, but we've got a lot to offer at South Florida."
It's recruiting where Taggart has spent most of his time in his first days on the job, he said.
"That's the only thing I dislike about being a head coach is you are so restricted in recruiting," Taggart said. "I try to take advantage of every day. I really, really enjoy that I have the best job in America, every year I get to meet new families and friends and also make a difference in somebody's life."
Recruiting has postponed Taggart's hiring of assistant coaches, but he promised Thursday "it's coming quick."
"I don't want to spoil it by saying here," he said.
Taggart promised to bring a "very, very tough football team" that plays with great passion and enthusiasm to Tampa.
"I truly believe winning is not complicated," Taggart said. "People complicate it. I am looking forward to putting it all together because it's going to be something special when it's all done."
Here's Taggart speaking after taking the Bulls top job:
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