South Florida hires WKU head coach Willie Taggart

TAMPA, FL ( - Western Kentucky's Willie Taggart has accepted an offer to become coach at South Florida, sources told ESPN.

Taggart replaces Skip Holtz, who was fired after three years.

In his third season at Western Kentucky, Taggart, 36, led the Hilltoppers to a 7-5 record and a spot in the Little Caesars Bowl, the school's first bowl appearance since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2008.

He took over a program that had just completed an 0-12 season and turned Western Kentucky into a winner. After a 2-10 record in their first season, the Hilltoppers finished 7-5 each of the past two years and won at Kentucky of the SEC this September.