As is true for almost all new or relatively new college sports programs, it has taken quite some time for this squad to win its fair share of games and to be considered relevant, a team that must be taken seriously.
The Bulls didn’t achieve that level of respect last year. In truth, the University of South Florida, under Head Coach Willie Taggart, who is now in his third year, competed the 2014 Season with a pedestrian Won-Loss record of 4-8. In games against Conference foes, the Bulls managed to win three games while losing five.
Coach Taggart has reasoned, quite sensibly, that his team needs to win more than it loses in order for it to earn a reputation as a solid, winning and viable program. He hoped that 2015 would be the season when things began to change for his Bulls.
The squad got off to a strong start when it played at home on September 5th against Florida A & M University. The Bulls conquered their weaker opposition, winning by a score of 51-3. Week Two did not produce the same happy results. The Bulls traveled to 9th-ranked Florida State University and were soundly beaten by a score of 34-14.
The University of South Florida remained on the road for its third game which was played in Maryland on September 19th. In that contest, the Terrapins of the University of Maryland, now a member of the Big Ten Conference, toppled the visitors by a score of 35-17.
The Bulls have five more home games scheduled to be played this season, three of which may present them with problems. It all gets started on October 2nd against the Tigers of Memphis University. The Bulls will also host the Syracuse Orange on October 10th, Southern Methodist University (SMU) on October 24th, the tough Temple Owls on November 14th and the Bearcats of Cincinnati University on November 20th.
The team’s remaining road games offer little relief for the Bulls. They will meet up with the Huskies of the University of Connecticut on October 17th, the Midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy on October 31st, East Carolina University on November 7th and the University of Central Florida on November 26th.
The University of South Florida‘s football program has yet to “make its mark” on the gridiron. It has won its fair share of games, lost others it had hoped to win, but has not been able to be consistent. That is Coach Taggart’s goal and it may be within reach, if not this year perhaps as early as next year.
The team’s student-athletes are getting better. The team is motivated and wants to win. It could happen soon.
Courtesy of Sports Talk Florida