Wells, Sheridan out at USF

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TAMPA -- USF's anemic offensive performance has resulted in at least two coaching casualties.

Neither offensive coordinator Walt Wells nor quarterbacks coach/pass game coordinator Nick Sheridan will return in 2014, the school confirmed in a statement Friday afternoon.

The news arrives nearly four weeks after the Bulls' season finale, a 31-6 loss at Rutgers; and a day before players report back to campus.

"I would like to thank Walt and Nick for their hard work and dedication to the USF football program," Coach Willie Taggart said in the statement. "I appreciate their professionalism and service to USF and wish them the best in their future endeavors."

According to the release, Taggart won't comment on the search for successors until its completion. Footballscoop.com reported late Friday that San Francisco 49ers senior offensive assistant Paul Wulff is in discussions with Taggart for the offensive coordinator spot.

Neither Wells (who earned $210,000 a year) nor Sheridan ($160,000) could be reached Friday.

USF (2-10) finished the 2013 season ranked 121st among 123 Division I teams in total offense (256.4 yards per game), and last in offensive touchdowns (11). In their only two victories, the Bulls failed to score an offensive TD.

Freshman Mike White, who started the last five games -- all defeats -- was the fourth starting quarterback of the season.

Sheridan, 25, and Wells, 46, arrived from Western Kentucky with Taggart, who called the plays in the Bulls' power-based, play-action offense. Wells also coached the offensive line.

In a season recap with reporters a few weeks ago, Taggart said he would continue calling plays.  At that point, he said he anticipated no turnover on his staff.

Sheridan's dismissal comes less than 24 hours after his father, Buccaneers defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan, was formally informed he wouldn't be retained on new coach Lovie Smith's staff.

 

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