For the second time, Urban Meyer thought he had completed his football staff with the Jan. 30 hiring of Bill Sheridan as cornerbacks coach.
But rumors had swirled for a few days that Sheridan was in the running to become defensive coordinator on Greg Schiano's staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a position the Buccaneers announced him as accepting Friday night.
"Bill is a great teacher who brings a tremendous understanding of defensive football to the Buccaneers organization," Schiano said in a statement. "Over the last three decades, he has had the opportunity to work under some great head coaches like Bo Schembechler, Nick Saban, Lloyd Carr and Tom Coughlin. His experience and knowledge will be a great benefit to our defensive staff."
In an email Friday, an Ohio State spokesperson confirmed Sheridan was leaving the school before the official Tampa Bay announcement.
"It is my understanding that Bill Sheridan has elected to pursue other opportunities," the email said.
Sheridan, a 53-year-old Detroit native, has spent the previous seven seasons in the NFL. He was linebackers coach for the New York Giants from 2005-08 before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2009. He was relieved of the latter duties after only one season and spent the past two years coaching linebackers for the Miami Dolphins.
With the Dolphins hiring a new staff, Sheridan was on the market. He was hired as OSU's cornerbacks coach after Taver Johnson, who filled the role the last four seasons, left to join the staff at Arkansas.
"I can't remember the last time I was more excited to take a job, and for obvious reasons," he said upon his hiring in late January. "Ohio State has a historic, winning tradition, and I am very excited to be a part of that. And with the tremendous success Urban Meyer has had at each of his schools, I am honored to be a part of his staff."
Sheridan is also a former assistant at Michigan.