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USF officially hires 49ers assistant Wulff as offensive coordinator

USF officially hires 49ers' Wulff for offense

TAMPA — As expected, USF formally announced the hiring of San Francisco 49ers senior offensive assistant Paul Wulff as its new offensive coordinator on Friday.

A former head coach at Washington State (2008-11) and Eastern Washington (2000-07), Wulff, 46, replaces Walt Wells, dismissed last week with passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach Nick Sheridan.

Wulff begins work immediately while continuing his duties with the 49ers through the NFL playoffs, according to a statement released by USF. A former all-Pac 10 center at Washington State, he will double as offensive line coach.

Coach Willie Taggart called the plays last season, when USF scored a Division I-low 11 offensive touchdowns; he said last month that he will continue to do so.

Taggart, a protege of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, said in the statement that Wulff's two seasons with Harbaugh gives him a good understanding of the Bulls' play-action, power-offense philosophy. "Paul has great experience at the Division-I level in a leadership role and was a standout offensive lineman with a proven ability to develop strong offensive lines," Taggart said.

Though 9-40 in four seasons at his alma mater, the Cougars' offensive production improved each season. In 2011, WSU ranked ninth in Division I in passing offense (322.25 yards per game).

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

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