TAMPA, Fla. (WTSP) -- Willie Taggart has accepted the offer to become the third head football coach of the University of South Florida.

Sources with working knowledge of the offer confirmed to 10 Newstonight that Taggart will leave Western Kentucky University to return tothe Tampa Bay area. A Manatee high school graduate, Taggart led theHilltoppers to back to back post season bowl game berths. In threeseasons with WKU, Taggart compiled a 16-20 record, at his alma mater.

The Former Hilltopper quarterback was the running backs coach atStanford under then head coach Jim Harbaugh, prior to being named thehead coach at WKU. Under Taggart, WKU went 13-11 in the Sun BeltConference.

Taggart was considered to be a hot name amongst the coaching ranksand was considered by many universities for their head coachingvacancies.

According to USF, no time has been set to introduce the new head coach.