USF is in the awkward position in which a handful of bowl-bound college football teams find themselves each season.
The Bulls’ former head coach, Willie Taggart, has left from “greener pastures in order. USF’s new head coach, former South Carolina assistant Charlie Strong, is not yet coaching the team. That leaves the program stuck in a transition phase as the Bulls take on South Carolina in the upcoming Birmingham Bowl.
While that may be depressing for bowl watchers in some ways, it does create an opportunity for South Carolina fans to experience something neat when the teams meet up.
Former South Carolina assistant David Reaves, who worked on the offensive side of the ball under both Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier from 2002-08, is one of the coaches left on the USF staff during the bowl season.
And he’s in charge of calling plays.
Just to be clear on @USFFootball bowl assignments: Reaves & Darren Hiller remain co-offensive coordinators, Reaves will be main play-caller
— Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) December 13, 2016
It will be interesting to see Reaves scheme against his former team, even eight years removed from the job. He was serving as Taggart’s associate head coach after earning co-offensive coordinator status with the program back in 2015.