Thursday, April 19, 2018
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New job family friendly

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Even as he hints at heightening USF's tempo, new Bulls offensive coordinator Paul Wulff has moderated his own.

Sure, Wulff still frequently will outrace the sun to the office and periodically will sign off after Letterman. One hardly can resuscitate an offense on banker's hours.

But even as he toils to help USF's offensive line create daylight, Wulff will have some left over to spend with his 7- and 10-year-old boys. It's what he missed out on during two NFL seasons, where family dinners are as rare as wing-T sightings.

"I just think this is probably a little bit more family-friendly to be quite honest," said Wulff, a senior offensive assistant to 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh in 2012 and '13.

"The offseason in the NFL's great, you've got more time. But year-round, you're not home on Christmas, you're not home on Thanksgiving, you're not home on anything. It's tough, especially when your kids are the age that mine are."

A married dad of three (he has a daughter in college), Wulff spoke with local reporters for the first time Friday, recalling NFL workdays that began before dawn and sometimes ended well after midnight.

Tuesdays were especially grueling, often spanning 19 hours. From preseason camp in mid July until the 49ers' loss to Seattle in the Jan. 19 NFC title game, Wulff, who turned 47 Tuesday, remembers having two days off.

"I couldn't do that again," said Wulff, whose family has settled in South Tampa. "For a few years, I just can't have that schedule."

Having struck a balance between family and football, he'll try to help coach Willie Taggart do the same between the power run and play-action pass. Increasing the Bulls' pace also could be a priority when USF begins spring drills this morning.

"There are some things we've kind of talked about and feel really good about it," new receivers coach Ron Dugans said. "Kids love it, so we're just going to see how it goes."

A former All-Pac-10 center at Washington State, Wulff is no stranger to the scenario in which he steps. Hired as coach at his alma mater in 2008, he inherited a program hamstrung by feeble recruiting and academic sanctions resulting in scholarship reductions.

Opting to live and die with a youth movement, he amassed a 9-40 record in four seasons before his dismissal.

Now, he has signed on for another reclamation project.

"I've been in a program where it was down and we tried to build it back up a little bit," Wulff said.

"(Washington State) was an extremely down situation, but I just think going through all that and being able to see kind of where you're at and the attitude of the players and where you've got to go. … I think all those things I can add and help the team."

BREAK UP THE BULLS: With a win tonight at Stetson, USF's baseball team (7-0) matches the program record for consecutive wins to start a season. Fresh off a three-game sweep of Penn State, the Bulls are batting .338 and possess a 2.29 team ERA.

"Our pitching has been good, but our hitting has been great so far," coach Lelo Prado said. "Guys are locked in and buying into what (hitting) coach (Chris) Heintz is teaching them. … Proud of the team but still a long way to go."

BULL BITS: Two days after scoring a career-best 35 in the women's team's come-from-behind win at Temple, 5-foot-8 USF sophomore Courtney Williams was named player of the week by the American Conference and College Sports Madness. … LH senior Sara Nevins won her second straight conference pitcher of the week award.

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