TAMPA, Florida -- Almost every USF football fan has an opinion. Many of them have strong opinions. The masses spoke loudly at the Bulls' final home game this season, booing head coach Skip Holtz while waving signs pleading for him to be fired.
Those fans got their wish. Holtz was fired the day after USF lost to Pitt, 27-3, capping off a two-year stretch that saw USF win just two Big East conference games.
Six days later, in walked the new head coach, Willie Taggart, fresh off leading Western Kentucky to a bowl appearance this season. Not long ago, the Hilltoppers were suffering just like USF fans are today. During a painful stretch, WKU lost 26 straight games.
USF Athletic Director Doug Woulard introduced Taggart, a hometown talent from Bradenton Manatee High School, to a crowd of cheers just one week after that same crowd roared its disapproval at Raymond James Stadium.
Taggart, 36, is the new man in charge. He's energetic, enthusiastic and eager to take over another struggling program and flip its fortunes. He has the support of many fans, players and alumni already.
Former South Florida quarterback Matt Grothe is among Taggart's supporters. Grothe spent four years building the Bulls into a national brand-name program. From 2006-09, he set multiple USF records for passing yards, rushing and touchdowns.
He sat down with 10 News sports reporter Bobby Lewis this afternoon to talk about USF's newest hire.