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Taggart agrees to new 5-year deal

USF coach Willie Taggart has agreed to a new five-year deal to remain with the Bulls through the 2020 season.

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USF coach Willie Taggart has agreed to a new five-year deal to remain with the Bulls through the 2020 season.

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December

So much for Willie Taggart's wandering eye. A day after the USF coach's flirtation with South Carolina, his betrothal to the Bulls was extended.

Athletic director Mark Harlan confirmed via Twitter that Taggart, 39, has reached an agreement on a new five-year deal that will keep him with the school through the 2020 season.

Financial terms weren't immediately available, but it is believed Taggart's assistants salary pool -- currently $1.9 million -- will increase. Taggart, who reportedly interviewed for the South Carolina job Friday, is completing Year 3 of a five-year contract that pays roughly $1.2 million annually.

Harlan and Taggart are expected to speak with reporters Sunday afternoon.

"Excited for another great 5 years with my guy (Taggart)," Harlan tweeted. "Now, we need all Bulls Nation to join in."

Several minutes later, Taggart tweeted, "Stay true to the people that believe in you. 5 more years. Go Bulls!!"

The agreement continues a staggering reversal of fortune for Taggart, who won seven of his first 28 games at USF and seemed on the brink of being forced out after a 1-3 start this season.

Since then, USF (8-4) has won seven of eight and is expected to formally accept an invitation to the Miami Beach Bowl on Sunday.

"He's had this plan and it's working. The only difference is, the scoreboard looks different (now)," Harlan said prior to the Bulls' 44-3 rout of UCF on Thanksgiving night.

"The first day I was here, I felt a presence about him. What I love about him is, he's the same today as he was when I first met him. He's stuck to the plan...throughout this whole process, tuned out the noise, and what I think maybe the difference is, he's been with the young people another year longer. ... They love him and they want to see him succeed."

[Last modified: Saturday, December 5, 2015 4:52pm]

    

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