Willie Taggart: They're dying for championship football here

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Western Kentucky opens Spring practice under second-year head coach Willie Taggart on Monday.

It will be the first practice with new offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni and defensive coordinator Lance Guidry. Despite a 2-10 season a year ago, Taggart’s enthusiasm and positive outlook hasn’t changed one bit.

Taggart told the Bowling Green Daily News, “They’re dying for championship football around here, and we feel the same way. We’re not asking for anything from anybody. Let us earn that support. We don’t want anyone to give it to us. Let us earn it, and we will.”

“Let us earn 23,000 fans in Houchens-Smith Stadium (every game) - with 23,000 Hilltoppers in Houchens-Smith Stadium, there’s no way anyone can come in here and beat us.”

“I’ve been waiting for spring practice to start since that Monday after we lost to Troy (on the final day of the 2010 season). That day our team came in the weight room. It wasn’t orchestrated by the staff and it was just those guys getting together saying, ‘We’re starting a new ship now, and we’re going to get things going. And everyone’s got to be on board.’”

WKU will play Kentucky in Nashville, TN to begin the 2011 season. Yes, we are aware that neither team is from the state of Tennessee.

The Hilltoppers will then host Navy, Indiana State, and Arkansas State.