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USF Bulls name Chuck Bresnahan defensive coordinator

TAMPA — Veteran NFL assistant Chuck Bresnahan has been named USF's new defensive coordinator by coach Willie Taggart, bringing 15 years of NFL experience to the Bulls.

Bresnahan, 52, has coached with four NFL teams, most recently for one season as 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 Raiders' Super Bowl loss to the Bucs in the 2002 season.

"I couldn't be more excited about the talent and experience we've added to our defensive staff," Taggart said. "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 past three jobs were in the United Football League: two seasons with the Florida Tuskers and a month last fall with the Sacramento Mountain Lions before the league canceled its season. He was part of Georgia Tech's staff in 1990 when it won the national title in the coaches poll but hasn't coached at the college level since 1993.

His connection to Taggart is through 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who recruited Taggart to Western Kentucky and had him on his staff at Stanford. Harbaugh was the Indianapolis Colts' quarterback in 1996-97 when Bresnahan coached the 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 opted to stay, citing family concerns.

Clemson QB to stay

CLEMSON, S.C. — ACC player of the year Tajh Boyd will return to Clemson for his senior season and forgo the NFL for now, the quarterback announced. "As explosive as we've been, there's more to attain," he said. "There's more out there for us." Among the others to announce they were staying in college were first-team All-America tackle Taylor Lewan of Michigan and Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum.

'nole exits for NFL: FSU offensive lineman Menelik Watson is leaving for the draft. The junior college transfer was honorable mention All-ACC after starting 12 games at tackle.

Ten Tigers leaving: LSU offensive lineman Chris Faulk, who missed nearly all of this past season with a knee injury, is leaving for the draft, his father told WWL-TV in New Orleans, making it 10 Tigers who will forgo their senior year. Among others opting to leave: Eastern Washington receiver Brandon Kaufman, a two-time All-American; his teammate, quarterback Kyle Padron; All-SEC offensive lineman D.J. Fluker of Alabama; and Oklahoma linebacker Tom Wort. Tennessee officially announced its four who are leaving: quarterback Tyler Bray, defensive end Darrington Sentimore and receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson.

Cornerback picks Gators: Dixie County's Duke Dawson, a four-star-rated cornerback, orally committed to the Gators' class of 2014, taking them over the Seminoles, his only other scholarship offer.

Alabama: Colorado defensive coordinator Greg Brown was hired as secondary coach to replace Jeremy Pruitt, who left to become Florida State's defensive coordinator.

Georgia Tech: Penn State defensive coordinator Ted Roof is moving to the same job under Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson.

Syracuse: The school officially announced the hiring of defensive coordinator Scott Shafer as its new coach.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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