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Willie Taggart takes a shot at Kentucky and hits WKU students instead

Graham Watson
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In the past two weeks, Western Kentucky coach Willie Taggart has had no problem expressing his opinion about his upcoming opponent during his weekly press conference.

Last week, he called the 40-point spread against Alabama "baloney" and that he believed in destiny regarding a WKU win. The Hilltoppers were beat 35-0 (hey, at least he got the spread right).

On Monday, Taggart once again made a foot-in-mouth comment by calling out students on the WKU campus, who were wearing Kentucky gear. The Hilltoppers play "rival" Kentucky on Saturday.

"Everybody wears it and I hear people ask them why they do it, and the reason they're at WKU is probably they couldn't get into UK," Taggart said.

Wait, isn't that a slam against Western Kentucky? Like Western Kentucky isn't as good as Kentucky so the students had to settle for WKU while they pine away for days in Lexington?

Someone must have told Taggart what he said was dumb because he took to Twitter later in the day and apologized.

"I have said many times 'WKU is in my DNA' and I have tremendous respect for all of our students who attend this tremendous university.

"My earlier comments were intended to suggest that WKU students who wear UK apparel this week are not showing allegiance to our athletic program and football team in a week where we need everyone's support. WKU students consistently chase greatness and catch excellence, and we are all very proud of that. I should have stated this more clearly, and I apologize to any of our students who think I may have meant otherwise.

"I love each and every one of you! #GoTops #whatsourname"

While Western Kentucky is just 1-1 on the season, it sure is leading the nation in talk.

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