USF assistants to split Taggart's bowl bonus
The USF football coaching staff, publicly applauded by athletic director Mark Harlan for leading the team in the wake of Willie Taggart's departure, is getting a financial pat on the back as well.
The school confirmed the $25,000 bonus Taggart was to receive for a bowl victory will be divided among his nine assistants, including interim coach T.J. Weist. The group guided the Bulls to a 46-39 overtime victory Thursday in the Birmingham Bowl, the school's first postseason triumph in six years.
"So proud of this team," Harlan tweeted following the victory. "We asked so much of the players and staff. They did it."
Elsewhere, Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reported Friday morning that at least one of those Bulls assistants -- second-year running backs coach Donte Pimpleton -- will join Taggart at Oregon.
The news launches what figures to be a frenetic few days of transition within the USF staff. It's widely believed new Bulls coach Charlie Strong was delaying any formal staff changes until after the bowl game.
Strong will face huge public lobbying to retain Taggart's offensive assistants, but he's likely to bring in members of his Texas staff including offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Sterlin Gilbert.
If Gilbert joins Strong in Tampa but wishes to focus exclusively on his coordinator duties, current Bulls quarterbacks coach Shaun King likely will be retained.