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Willie Taggart: You can count on it

Does any head coach in college football rivals Willie Taggart’s optimism?

Heading into his second years as Western Kentucky head coach, Taggart is convinced the Hilltoppers are “going to have a consistently successful, big-time college football program – you can count on it.”

You gotta like that.

So what’s the plan?

Taggart told the American Chronicle, "We're going to get back to a more blue-collar approach in terms of how we work to become better players and coaches. We're not asking for any handouts. We're going into the season with an understanding that we have to work for every ounce of respect and success we achieve.”

"It will mean staying a little longer on the practice field, staying a little longer in the weight room, staying a little longer in the film room and working a little harder while we're doing all that. If we work at it like I expect us to, there's no reason we can't be the best team in our conference -- no reason at all."

Under Taggart, the Hilltoppers have finished with the top ranked recruiting class in the Sun Belt two years in a row. That’s certainly a good place to start.

In 2011, Western Kentucky opens against Kentucky in Nashville, TN. Still haven’t quite figured that one out yet. The next three are at home against Navy, Indiana State, and Arkansas State.