Willie Taggart did great work at Western Kentucky, taking over a team that was winless in 2009 and guiding it to a berth in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl last season. His reward? A new job. Taggart is now coach at South Florida.
It took less than a week for the Hilltoppers to find a replacement. Bobby Petrino, who left Arkansas in disgrace, was named coach on Dec. 11. Petrino is a proven winner, but how long will he stay in Bowling Green?
Willie Taggart has done a marvelous job in his two seasons as Western Kentucky coach. The former Stanford assistant took over a program that had won only two games in its two previous seasons. The rebuilding job started slowly, with Taggart guiding the Hilltoppers to only two victories in their first 16 games. But the team figured it out and enters 2012 having won seven of its last eight.
Western Kentucky has won only four games since becoming a Division I-A member in 2008, but two of those victories came in Willie Taggert's first season as coach. The Hilltoppers' quest begins Sept. 1 against Kentucky in Nashville.
There are rebuilding jobs, then there is Western Kentucky, losers of 20 in a row. Former Hilltopper player Willie Taggart takes over as coach, and if he wins one of his first four games — at Nebraska, at Kentucky, Indiana and at South Florida — they'll probably have a parade through downtown Bowling Green. Taggert, who was Stanford's running backs coach before taking on this Herculean task, should have a realistic shot at ending his team's streak in Sun Belt play. Thanks to Lindsay!
As a run up to the start of the season, the Wiz will display one poster each day until our supply is exhausted. Last year, the site displayed 69 posters.
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Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin spent Saturday in Bowling Green, Ky., home of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, the newest member of Division I-AA. Not every opponent can march into Houchens Industries-L.A. Smith Stadium and come out with a victory, but South Florida accomplished the task with a 35-13 victory. More photos from Bowling Green after the jump. You can view Greg's gallery by clicking here.