Notes: For Taggart, success starts with bowl in '13
TAMPA -- Willie Taggart spent 20 minutes Saturday morning talking with the board of the USF Alumni Association, taking a wide range of questins, like what his simplest measure of success in this first season would be.
"Going bowling. That should happen here, year in and year out," said Taggart, taking over a team that hasn't played in a bowl since 2010. "Our ultimate goal is to win the Big East. That has to be our goal every season. But I want this football team to come together. We can't get any of those things done until we come together as one team."
Spring practice starts in three weeks, but Taggart likes what he's seen at 5:30 a.m. conditioning workouts, which he calls "The Chase," a nod to his constant reminders of "chasing greatness."
"I really think our kids are buying into what we're doing. We're doing the little things and we're having fun," he said. "We're in the process of doing it. Are we there yet? No! By no means, we're not there yet. But we're going to get there. They're training now. I tell them they're untrained right now, and we have to train them and get them right."
More morsels from Taggart:
-- On USF's future in an ever-changing Big East lineup: "I don't work for the Big East. To be honest, I don't get caught up in a lot of those things. I have a lot more important things to do with this football team. I want to make sure this football team is doing really well, so if they do have an opportunity to do whatever we want to do, we're doing our part."
-- On the merits of an on-campus football stadium, still largely financially out of reach for USF: "I hear it a lot. Everyone talks about it. I'm a little bit different. I think Raymond James is pretty good. ... I do think an on-campus stadium would be great, too. I think it's a win-win."
-- On the QB competition this spring between senior Bobby Eveld and sophomore Matt Floyd, Taggart already sees impact from his quarterbacks coach, 24-year-old Nick Sheridan: "I'm seeing a difference already, especially from a leadership (standpoint)," Taggart said. "I've been really impressed with Bobby and Matt, the way those guys are carrying themselves, leading this football team, holding other guys accountable."