Willie Taggart is excited.
Willie Taggart is jacked up.
Willie Taggart is ready to “Do Something.”
That’s the catchphrase that USF’s new coach adopted when he took over the job in early December. And he will start to “do something” on Monday when the Bulls open fall practice after an eight-month wait.
Taggart addressed the media at the Lee Roy Selmon Athletic Center on the eve of their first workout and at times was equal parts serious and light hearted. But there was one thing that continued to leak through: enthusiasm.
He’s as anxious as any 8-year old on Christmas Eve. But Taggart knows that any gifts this season will have to be earned. He’s not looking forward to any opponent on the USF schedule other than their season opener against McNeese State on August 31 at Raymond James Stadium. Why? Because they haven’t earned the right to do so.
When the subject of last year came up, Taggart dismissed the 2012 season as ancient history. Different coach. Different attitude. At one point he nearly recited the Bulls’ 2012 record (3-9), but caught himself halfway through. Ancient. History.
Taggart said his goal for this season is to win a championship. Although that might not be very realistic, at least he’s confident. Then again, you never know. He might just Do Something.