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NFL veteran Bresnahan to run USF defense



USF football coach Willie Taggart has chosen veteran NFL assistant Chuck Bresnahan as his defensive coordinator, bringing 15 years of NFL experience to the Bulls.


Bresnahan, 52, has coached with four NFL teams, most recently for one season as the Raiders' defensive coordinator in 2011. He was Jon Gruden's defensive coordinator in Oakland in 2000-01, and was on the losing end of the Bucs' Super Bowl victory after the 2002 season.

"I couldn't be more excited about the talent and experience we've added to our defensive staff today," Taggart said in a statement. "Chuck has coached at the highest levels and will bring a wealth of knowledge on the defensive side of the ball. His ability to teach the game and mentor our players will be an asset to this football team, and I know he'll be a terrific recruiter."

Two of his last three jobs were in the UFL, with two seasons with the Florida Tuskers and a month last fall with the Sacramento Mountain Lions before the league canceled the second half of its season. He was part of Georgia Tech's national championship staff in 1990, but hasn't coached at the college level since 1993. His hiring was first reported by ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

His connection to Willie Taggart is through 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who recruited Taggart to Western Kentucky and had him on his staff at Stanford and remains a close friend. Harbaugh was the Colts' quarterback in 1996-97 when Bresnahan coached the Colts linebackers, then was the Raiders' QB coach in 2002-03 on the same staff as Bresnahan. Taggart interviewed former N.C. State coach and FSU assistant Chuck Amato last week, and reportedly offered the job to Stanford linebackers coach Lance Anderson, who told the Times on Monday he was staying at Stanford, citing family concerns.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 9:50pm]


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