USF Football Job: Vitale, Kinnan Back Taggart

As USF continues its search for a new head football coach, Western Kentucky coach Willie Taggart picked up endorsements from a pair of locals in basketball guru Dick Vitale and longtime Bradenton Manatee coach Joe Kinnan.

“He played HS football in my area at MANATEE HS # 1 in USA – Would be a great hire 4 USF-WILLIE TAGGART is a natural . Willie is a WINNER!” Vitale wrote on, where he has more than 400,000 followers.

Kinnan, who was a finalist for USF’s original coaching job in 1995, coached Taggart at Manatee and has kept in touch with him throughout his coaching career.

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