Sometimes, believe it or not, there are things more important than football.
Earlier Thursday, speculation began making the rounds that Danny Hope might be forced to leave South Florida because of an unspecified “family matter.” A short time later, USF announced in a press release that Hope is indeed leaving the Bulls “in order to be closer to his family.”
Hope had just completed his first season as head coach’s Willie Taggart‘s co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
“I would like to thank Danny for his significant contributions to the success of our program over the past season,” Taggart said. “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.”
Taggart had a pair of offensive coordinators on his staff, Hope and David Reaves. Reaves will presumably be promoted to solo coordinator as well as maintaining the title of passing game coordinator, while Taggart intends to continue on as the Bulls’ primary play-caller.
“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.”