Willie Taggart http://wkyufm.org en WKU Football Coach Willie Taggart Leaving for South Florida http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-football-coach-willie-taggart-leaving-south-florida <p>WKU head football coach Willie Taggart is leaving the school to become the coach at the University of South Florida. Taggart is a Florida native who has been an ace Sunshine State recruiter for the Hilltoppers.</p><p>Taggart broke the news to his players after Friday's practice, and then boarded a plane that night for Florida.</p><p>At a Saturday morning news conference athletic director Todd Stewart said he, like everyone, had been hearing rumors for weeks about Taggert's future and said he really wasn't surprised given what he called the current landscape of college football.</p><p>"I was optimistic that he would stay here because of the financial package we could offer him and because, as he has frequently said, WKU is in his DNA," Stewart said, "After more than doubling his salary a year ago, we were prepared to offer him a much better contract than he even had this year but there are some ties to Florida that obviously weight heavily into the situation."</p><p>Hilltopper's tight end, senior Jack Doyle, said the team was initially shocked at the news but Stewart spoke to the players early Saturday morning.</p><p>"One thing he said was 'Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react,'" Doyle said. "So it's up to these seniors to get this team right and get them to react the right way. We've been through so much as seniors the past 4-5 years here so there's nothing that can really divide us now."</p><p>WKU defensive coordinator Lance Guidry was named interim head coach while the search for a permanent head coach is underway.</p><p>WKU will play Dec. 26 in the Little Caesar's Bowl vs. Central Michigan. The Toppers went 7-5 on the season, including wins against Kentucky, Southern Mississippi, and Sun Belt Conference champ Arkansas State.</p><p>Taggert had been earning a base salary of $425,000 a year at WKU. South Florida paid their last head coach $2 million annually. Taggert must pay WKU a $500,000 buyout.</p><p></p><p> Sat, 08 Dec 2012 02:16:20 +0000 Joe Corcoran & Kevin Willis 23286 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Football Coach Willie Taggart Leaving for South Florida Hilltoppers Hope Homecoming Matchup Will Lead to Bowl Eligibility http://wkyufm.org/post/hilltoppers-hope-homecoming-matchup-will-lead-bowl-eligibility <p>WKU’s weekend football matchup with Louisiana-Monroe is important on several levels. For starters, it’s WKU’s homecoming game. It’s also an historic event. Saturday’s game will be the first time two Sun Belt teams receiving votes in a Top 25 poll will face off. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:44:48 +0000 Kevin Willis 20764 at http://wkyufm.org Hilltoppers Hope Homecoming Matchup Will Lead to Bowl Eligibility WKU Dominates Southern Miss 42-17, Sets Attendance Record http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-dominates-southern-miss-42-17-sets-attendance-record <p>The WKU football team faced questions this week about whether they could focus on Saturday night's opponent following the jubilation of their win last week against Kentucky. The answer to those questions would be a resounding "yes." Sun, 23 Sep 2012 03:27:32 +0000 Kevin Willis 19615 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Dominates Southern Miss 42-17, Sets Attendance Record WKU Athletic Director: Impact of Win Over UK Impossible to Measure http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-athletic-director-impact-win-over-uk-impossible-measure <p>When WKU beat Kentucky for the first time ever in football Saturday, the significance was not lost on Todd Stewart. He was part of the WKU athletics department when the Hilltoppers lost 26 straight games, including a winless 2009 season. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 21:16:58 +0000 Kevin Willis 19305 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Athletic Director: Impact of Win Over UK Impossible to Measure Check Out These Links to Articles and Videos About How WKU Beat Kentucky http://wkyufm.org/post/check-out-these-links-articles-and-videos-about-how-wku-beat-kentucky <p>The worst thing you can say about Saturday night's win by WKU over Kentucky is that it was the <strong>second </strong>biggest victory in Hilltopper football history. The only competition for that distinction is the 2002 1-AA national championship game WKU won against McNeese State.</p> Sun, 16 Sep 2012 13:56:09 +0000 Kevin Willis 19249 at http://wkyufm.org Big Red in the Bluegrass State: Hilltoppers Win in Overtime at Kentucky http://wkyufm.org/post/big-red-bluegrass-state-hilltoppers-win-overtime-kentucky <p>It wasn't easy, but the WKU Hilltoppers made history Saturday night, beating Kentucky on the football field for the first time. WKU blew a 17 point first half lead, but won the game in overtime in dramatic fashion, 32-31. Kentucky scored a touchdown on their first overtime possession, forcing WKU to do the same. After Hilltopper running back Antonio Andrews scored, WKU needed an extra point to tie and go into a second overtime. But Hilltopper head coach Willie Taggart rolled the dice and decided to go for a two-point conversion. Sun, 16 Sep 2012 02:47:58 +0000 Kevin Willis 19233 at http://wkyufm.org Big Red in the Bluegrass State: Hilltoppers Win in Overtime at Kentucky WKU Opens Summer Practices Looking to Build on Last Season's Winning Record http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-opens-summer-practices-looking-build-last-seasons-winning-record <p>All around the country, college football teams are holding their first summer practices for players this week--and WKU is no different. The Hilltoppers open their season September 1st against Austin Peay, but there are several questions to answer before the games begin. Tue, 07 Aug 2012 19:38:14 +0000 Kevin Willis 16965 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Opens Summer Practices Looking to Build on Last Season's Winning Record