Reports: Wulff to be USF offensive coordinator
According to various reports, San Francisco 49ers senior offensive assistant Paul Wulff has been hired as USF's offensive coordinator.
The latest report arrived Wednesday afternoon via Twitter from Bay Area News Group's Cam Inman, who said Wulff, 46, confirmed to him he'll leave San Francisco at the end of the 49ers' season to join Willie Taggart's staff.
Footballscoop.com reported Friday that Wulff was in "advanced talks" with Taggart about coming to Tampa. USF spokesman Brian Siegrist said no announcement about a hiring was expected Wednesday, but one could be forthcoming by week's end.
Wulff would replace Walt Wells, one of two Bulls offensive assistants dismissed in the wake of USF's 2-10 season. Exactly what Wulff's title entails remains unclear. Taggart, who calls the plays, said shortly after the season he'll continue to do so.
Like Wells, Wulff could double as offensive line coach. A former center at Washington State, Wulff has an extensive background coaching the position at the collegiate level.
Based on the coaches' bios, neither Wulff nor Taggart have worked together in the past. Their common denominator is 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, with whom Taggart coached for six total seasons at both Western Kentucky and Stanford.
A California native, Wulff compiled a 9-40 record in four seasons (2008-11) at his alma mater, never winning more than four games in a season.
Prior to that, he amassed a 53-40 record in eight seasons at Eastern Washington, winning a share of two Big Sky Conference titles and reaching the Division I-AA playoffs three times.
One of his EWU quarterbacks, Erik Meyer, earned the Walter Payton Award in 2005 as the top offensive player in Division I-AA, and set a I-AA record for pass-efficiency rating (166.47).
A receiver, Eric Kimble, finished with 46 TD catches, second in I-AA history at the time behind only Jerry Rice.
USF, which managed a Division I-worst 11 offensive TDs in 2013, finished 121st out of 123 D-I teams in total offense (256.4 yards per game).