Yesterday, prior to their loss to Western Kentucky in the Miami Beach Bowl, the University of South Florida took to Twitter to announce their brand new three-year extension for head coach Willie Taggart.
Signed, sealed, delivered...he's ours! @CoachTaggart inks three-year extension through 2020. https://t.co/99vijGVUND pic.twitter.com/kIGbn0yVT9— USF Football (@USFFootball) December 21, 2015
Though his first two seasons at USF were pretty rough, winning just six games between those two years. However, this year his team turned the corner and exploded for eight wins and a bowl berth in a season that saw Taggart's Bulls win six conference games and finish the season on a 7-1 run.
A lot of people might see this as a gut reaction to just one good season and no sustained success, and they would definitely have a great argument. But at the same time, I'm sure that after an offseason like the NCAA has seen this year, with 24 head coaching vacancies, the Bulls wanted to go ahead and get their man locked up for the foreseeable future.
This has also been the M.O. for Taggart at each of his stops, which granted is just one other school: Western Kentucky. His first year or two there, Taggart's teams were pretty bad, but he was able to turn them around and have back-to-back 7-5 seasons that propelled them to what they are now.
Taggart is a good coach, and now that people have seen him turn two schools around, people are probably going to be interested in his services this time next year.