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Report: USF to face Willie Taggart, Jim Leavitt on same day next September

Two former Bulls coaches are expected to be on FAU’s sideline when the Owls host USF on Sept. 26
Former USF coach Jim Leavitt reportedly has been hired by another former Bulls coach (Willie Taggart) as defensive coordinator at FAU. [Times files]
Former USF coach Jim Leavitt reportedly has been hired by another former Bulls coach (Willie Taggart) as defensive coordinator at FAU. [Times files] [ SERNE, BILL | St. Petersburg Times ]
Published Dec. 21, 2019

As if USF’s matchup next September against former coach Willie Taggart weren’t intriguing enough, Bulls fans evidently will get two helpings of the same story line.

The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reported Saturday that Taggart is expected to hire another ex-Bulls coach, Jim Leavitt, as his defensive coordinator at FAU. Leavitt, architect of USF’s program before his ugly dismissal in January 2010, served in the same capacity for Taggart in his lone season at Oregon in 2017.

USF plays at FAU on Sept. 26. The Bulls never have faced one of their former coaches in a game.

Taggart, dismissed Nov. 3 as FSU coach after an abysmal 21-game tenure, was hired by the Owls to replace Lane Kiffin on Dec. 11.