Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

USF Bulls lose another coach as Danny Hope leaves team

in Sports/Top Headlines by

For the USF Bulls, Hope is gone.

Co-offensive coordinator Danny Hope has left the USF team to be closer to his family, making another defection from coach Willie Taggart‘s staff. Earlier, defensive coordinator Tom Allen left for Indiana and wide receiver coach Ron Duggans left for Miami.

Hope is the third offensive coordinator to leave the Bulls in three seasons.

“I would like to thank Danny for his significant contributions to the success of our program over the past season,” Taggart said in a USF news release. “We appreciated having him as part of our staff and I know he enjoyed being a Bull.

“He loved it here and I loved having him, but sometimes you have to make choices in regards to what’s best for your family. I respect Danny’s desire to do what’s best for him and his family. We wish him nothing but the best in the future.”

The Bulls won eight straight games last year, and the offense flourished behind quarterback Quinton Flowers and running back Marlon Mack.

“I expect to be able to complete our staff very quickly with an excellent offensive line coach,” Taggart said. “I will continue to call the plays and work closely with our offense, and we will build our staff around that same structure.”

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

Latest from Sports

Go to Top