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Taggart keeps Bulls tuned in

This makeshift sound system is a fixture at USF football practices.


This makeshift sound system is a fixture at USF football practices.



The 2014 USF football mantra -- Live Green and Gold -- is succinct and ubiquitous, appearing on posters, web pages and billboards throughout the bay area.

But the Bulls' soundtrack is a tad tougher to nail down. Hip-hop? Vintage rap? Classic rock?

How 'bout all of the above.

Everything from Grandmaster Flash to Guns 'n' Roses to Flux Pavilion blares from the makeshift sound system erected on the back of a golf cart at Bulls practices. From stretches to individual drills to team sessions, the music rarely ceases.

"If you just look at these kids now, they always have something in their ear, and they're always listening to something to get them going, and we try to find ways to get our guys excited to come out here," Coach Willie Taggart said after an especially searing Wednesday morning workout. "Days like've got to find something to get 'em going."

Taggart said he began incorporating music into his team's practices during his Western Kentucky days, embracing a trend that has caught on nationally (Check out UCLA coach Jim Mora's philosophy and playlist). Trae Hackett, USF's assistant director of football operations, is in charge of the Bulls' eclectic playlist.

"The other thing to it is, a lot of times they play with a lot of loud noise on Saturdays. So we're trying to get them in an environment that they're gonna be in on Saturday," Taggart said. "They probably don't listen to that music all the time, they probably listen to a lot of people saying some bad things about 'em, but it's noise."

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 4:34pm]


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