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In football terms, Willie Taggart feels the 'Bern'

"I would distribute the money equally amongst everyone in FBS football," Willie Taggart said.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

"I would distribute the money equally amongst everyone in FBS football," Willie Taggart said.

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Clearly, the USF-UCF rivalry is intense enough without a political element being interjected, but that's what happened -- albeit briefly --  at the American Athletic Conference media day Tuesday.

Check out this video (starting at the 2:50 mark) from a roundtable discussion of East Division coaches, and you get a socialism-versus-meritocracy discourse between Willie Taggart and Scott Frost.

It all started when Taggart was asked what changes he would implement if he were NCAA commissioner: "I would distribute the money equally amongst everyone in FBS football," he said.

To which moderator (and CBS Sports play-by-play announcer) Brent Stover asked, "So Alabama and USF would receive the exact same amount?"

"You'd see a lot of changes then," Taggart said. "A lot of changes."

Moments later, Frost was asked if there's anything he'd change.

"I just think a lot of rules need to be addressed and monitored a little better to make sure that the playing field's level. I wouldn't take quite so much of a Bernie Sanders approach to the money distribution," he said.

"But I think that's gonna change anyway. I think as the TV model changes, potentially people are going to be able to tune in to just what they want to see rather than what TV's put on. I think that will even out the money with the people that deserve it.

"I believe in a meritocracy and I hope our conference can continue to push the envelope on what we're able to provide for our schools and student-athletes, but I also think that you have to earn that."

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 5:40pm]

    

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