UPDATE: Bulls hire Dugans as WRs coach
As expected, USF has announced former FSU standout Ron Dugans will fill the final vacancy on Coach Willie Taggart's staff.
Dugans, 36, will coach receivers, the same job he held the previous four seasons on Charlie Strong's staff at Louisville. Former Bulls receivers coach David Reaves moves to quarterbacks coach.
“Ron brings a great deal of experience and success as both a player and coach and I am excited to be able to add him to our coaching staff,” Taggart said in a USF-released statement.
“He has done a great job developing wide receivers throughout his career and has been a part of some very successful programs. Ron is a Florida native who has the respect of the high school coaches in the state and will be beneficial to our recruiting as well as the development of our receivers.”
A Tallahassee native, Dugans sent out a tweet late Wednesday thanking Louisville fans for their support:
It's been a pleasure! you've been nothing but good to me and I appreciate that! Thx for the love!!
A member of FSU's 1999 national title team, Dugans totaled 105 receptions in his college career, including five for 99 yards and two touchdowns in the 'Noles' 2000 Sugar Bowl win against Virginia Tech for the BCS championship.
He spent parts of five seasons in the NFL, and has spent the past seven seasons as a receivers coach at Georgia Southern (2007-09) and Louisville. Under Dugans' tutelage, three Cardinals receivers caught at least 40 passes in 2013.
Among them: All-American Athletic Conference first-teamer DeVante Parker (55 catches, 885 yards, 12 TDs) and senior Damian Copeland (58 receptions, 780 yards).
Reaves, 35-year-old son of former Gators, NFL and Tampa Bay Bandits QB John Reaves, was a three-year starting QB at Appalachian State. He has coached the position at South Carolina (for Steve Spurrier), Tennessee and New Mexico.
“David did a good job with our wide receivers last year and helped Andre Davis set a USF record for receiving yards (49 catches, 735 yards),” Taggart said in the statement.
“He has great background and experience coaching quarterbacks at the highest level of college football and will add strength at that position for us.”