Willie Taggart's father dies
The father of former USF coach Willie Taggart has passed away.
Taggart, now coach at Oregon, confirmed his dad's death via Twitter late Thursday night. John Taggart, father of six, was 70.
Our Greg Auman wrote extensively about Taggart's parents -- who labored in vegetable fields and orange groves to support their family -- in this story published four summers ago.
"His dad was an exceptional individual. His parents, they were smart people, and they were awesome workers," said former Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Henry Lawrence, who worked the same Manatee County fields with Taggart's folks.
"If you beat Taggart in the fields, you'd done something. That was our standard back then."
We lost a good man with passing of John Taggart, a hard working man who, along with Gloria, raised a beautiful family - Lots of family love!— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) August 11, 2017