USF football jerseys will have ‘The Team’ on back instead of player names


With college football season right around the corner, we have already seen glimpses of new uniforms and helmets schools will be sporting this fall. At the University of South Florida, what’s new is what will be on the back of the jerseys.

South Florida head coach Willie Taggart recently named Mike White the starting quarterback to open the season. However, don’t expect to see “White” across the back of the sophomore’s shoulder pads. That’s because Taggart is doing away with names on the jerseys.

“The Team” will be displayed on the back of each player’s jersey for the 2014 season.

The Bulls get the new campaign underway August 30 when Western Carolina makes the trip to Raymond James Stadium, at which time we’ll get our first look at the new threads in a game that matters.

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WKU coach Willie Taggart calls out fans for wearing Kentucky blue on campus

With a big rivalry game upcoming against Kentucky, one would think Western Kentucky students would be wearing their red proudly on campus throughout the week. Blue should be an off-limits apparel choice if only for this week, but word has it that has not been the case. And WKU head coach Willie Taggart is not happy about it.

“Yeah it bothers me any day, not just because it’s UK week,” Taggart said Monday according to the College Heights Herald. “It’s just, it’s not good. Whether it’s respect or not it’s just—It don’t make a lot of sense. You know, you wear another school’s shirt, jersey, whatever it is, and you don’t go to school there. That makes no sense at all. Everybody wears it and I hear people ask them why they do it and the reason they’re at WKU is probably they couldn’t get into UK.”

Probably not a smart thing to say. As Deadspin mentioned, the state of Kentucky is filled with young men and women who have been UK fans since birth. For many of them, that won’t change simply because they attend another college in the same state. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they were unable to get into UK and WKU was a fallback plan. And even if it was the case, that’s not for their head football coach to say. Taggart later apologized on Twitter.

“My earlier comments were intended to suggest that WKU students who wear UK apparel this week are not showing allegiance to our athletic program and football team in a week where we need everyone’s support,” Taggart wrote. “WKU students consistently chase greatness and catch excellence, and we are all very proud of that. I should have stated this more clearly, and I apologize to any of our students who think I may have meant otherwise. I love all of you!”

We all make mistakes. A win would be the easiest way for Taggart to make everyone forget about his.

Western Kentucky Coach Willie Taggart Goes Les Miles, Eats LSU Grass (Video)

What exactly is it that has made LSU the best team in the nation this year? Is it their defensive line, which does a tremendous job of getting after the quarterback? Is it their secondary, which is led by the Honey Badger himself? The offense doesn’t seem all that spectacular, but it has certainly been explosive enough at times. But maybe — just maybe — the fact that Les Miles likes to eat Louisiana grass has given the Tigers a boost. Western Kentucky head coach Willie Taggart was willing to test that theory on Saturday when he sampled some upon entering Tiger Stadium. Check it out:

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