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Wells, Sheridan join Taggart's staff from WKU



New USF football coach Willie Taggart announced Thursday night that he has brought two more of his Western Kentucky assistants to join his Bulls staff, with Walt Wells coming as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, and Nick Sheridan hired as quarterbacks coach and passing-game coordinator.

With those two in place, Taggart now has four of his nine full-time assistants hired, joining WKU defensive assistant Ray Woodie (likely coaching linebackers, unless USF's new coordinator lands there) and USF offensive assistant Larry Scott, who was kept from Skip Holtz's staff.

Wells (here's his WKU bio) spent the last 10 years at WKU, so Taggart had four years as a fellow assistant coach with him from 2003-06, then the last three years on Taggart's staff as offensive line coach.

Sheridan (here's his WKU bio) has made a quick ascent in the coaching ranks in the last three years -- he finished his career as a Michigan quarterback in 2009, spent one year coaching high school football, then joined Taggart's staff as a graduate assistant in 2011 before being elevated to his full-time quarterbacks coach this season. He's only 24 years old, with four starts in 2008 as the highlight of his Michigan career (701 career yards, 2 TD passes).

The big hire remaining for Taggart is his defensive coordinator, and there's believed to be mutual interest for former Miami coach Randy Shannon, now the linebackers coach at TCU, returning to Florida to run the Bulls defense.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 20, 2012 7:24pm]


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