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By Thayer Evans
April 10, 2015

Delaware State running backs and tight ends coach Donte’ Pimpleton is South Florida’s new running backs coach according to a source.

The hiring of Pimpleton reunites him with third-year Bulls coach Willie Taggart. The two were teammates at Western Kentucky with Pimpleton an understudy during the last two seasons of Taggart’s prolific career as a quarterback.

While Taggart was Western Kentucky’s head coach from 2010-12, Pimpleton was an offensive quality control coach for two seasons. He was wide receivers coach during Taggart’s final season at their alma mater.

Pimpleton, 35, replaces Autry Denson, who left in February after just a month to become running backs coach at his alma mater, Notre Dame. Pimpleton leaves Delaware State after just two months and was also the program’s passing game coordinator.

Last season was Pimpleton’s first as offensive coordinator at Kentucky Wesleyan, which was fifth in NCAA Division II in passing offense last season (348.9 yards per game). He coached the team’s wide receivers coach in 2013.

A Louisville native, Pimpleton got his start in coaching as an offensive assistant at Louisville under then-coach Charlie Strong.

South Florida went 4-8 last season, doubling their win total from Taggart’s first season. The Bulls return 14 starters, including rising sophomore running back Marlon Mack, the American Athletic Conference’s Rookie of the Year.

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