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USF fires offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach

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 said Friday.

The news arrived nearly four weeks after the Bulls' season finale, a 31-6 loss at Rutgers, and a day before players reported 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 a statement. "I appreciate their professionalism and service to USF and wish them the best in their future endeavors."

Taggart will begin an "immediate search" to fill the vacancies and won't comment until its completion, the school said. Footballscoop.com reported late Friday that San Francisco 49ers senior offensive assistant Paul Wulff is in discussions for the offensive coordinator spot.

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

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

Sheridan, 25, and Wells, 46, arrived from Western Kentucky last year with Taggart, who called the plays. 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.

USF fires offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach 01/03/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 3, 2014 10:51pm]
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