Former Purdue head coach Danny Hope targeted to join USF staff
Willie Taggart is looking to rebuild his offensive staff for the second year in a row.
Willie Taggart’s second staff shakeup in two seasons as South Florida’s head coach is nearing completion, after hiring Ole Miss special teams coordinator Tom Allen as defensive coordinator. Former Purdue head coach Danny Hope has interviewed for the vacant offensive line coach position, according to a source.
One source said Hope could be in contention for the offensive coordinator position as well, depending on how Taggart restructures his staff. Taggart fired three assistants following the Bulls’ 4-8 season. He fired two coaches his 2-10 debut season.
Hope was 22-27 in four seasons as the head coach of the Boilermakers, from 2009-’12. He spent five years as head coach of FCS Eastern Kentucky, leading the Colonels to the playoffs in 2007. Hope served as an offensive line coach from 1985 to 2001 at Louisville, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Purdue.
Hope, a Florida native, is connected to Taggart through legendary Florida preps coach Joe Kinnan, whom Taggart played for at Manatee High School. Hope was coached by Kinnan at Eastern Kentucky and later coached under Kinnan as an assistant. Kinnan stepped down as Manatee head coach before the 2014 season.