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Reaves to join Taggart's staff as receivers coach



USF coach Willie Taggart is expected to announce the hiring of former Tennessee and South Carolina assistant David Reaves as his new receivers coach.


Reaves, 32, worked this past year at IMG Academy in Bradenton, after spending two seasons on the coaching staff at New Mexico. His first-time college coaching job came at South Carolina in 2004, working directly under new USF defensive backs coach Ron Cooper. After five seasons at South Carolina, including a successful run as Steve Spurrier's recruiting coordinator, he spent the 2009 season on Lane Kiffin's staff at Tennessee.

Reaves is actually making a return trip to Tampa -- his first coaching job was as an assistant coach at Tampa Catholic in 2001, immediately after finishing his playing career at Appalachian State. He's the son of former Florida, NFL and Tampa Bay Bandits quarterback John Reaves, who also coached under Spurrier at Florida and still calls Tampa home.

Taggart had hired Plant High coach Robert Weiner as its receivers coach last week, but two days later, Weiner changed his mind and opted to stay at Plant, citing his close relationship with his players there. Once Reaves is officially announced, USF will have just two other full-time openings on Taggart's first coaching staff.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 9:10pm]


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