USF Coordinators Dismissed After 4-8 Season

With USF's 2014 season in the history books, changes are already being made at the Lee Roy Selmon Athletics Center

The moment USF finished their disappointing 4-8 campaign with a shutout loss to UCF, speculation of a coaching staff overhaul was already circulating around the ranks. Now that speculation seems to be coming into full fruition. as offensive coordinator Paul Wulff, defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan, and defensive backs coach Ron Cooper were all dismissed from the program on Sunday afternoon.

“I would like to thank Chuck, Paul and Ron for everything they have done in helping move the USF football program forward,” Taggart said. “They are first-class people and I wish them the best in their future endeavors."

Previously an offensive assistant with the San Francisco 49ers, Wulff was hired onto Willie Taggart’s coaching staff this past January to help implement the type of West Coast style of offense that Taggart has tried to emulate from his days at Stanford working under Jim Harbaugh. Despite doubling their touchdown total from the previous season and unleashing AAC leading rusher Marlon Mack as a true freshmen, inconsistent play/stability from the quarterback position and a razor thin offensive line hampered Wulff’s offensive unit, as they finished 118th in the entire nation in total offense, managing to score only 17.2 points per game and average 304.7 yards in the process.

Heading into his second season at the helm, much was made during the offseason of the switch of Bresnahan’s defensive unit to a 3-4 scheme. For most young teams, it generally takes a while to get used to a new system, and it certainly showed on the field this past season, as the Bulls finished 71st in total defense, yielding 402.8 yards per game. The inability to get off the field and stop teams from converting on 3rd down served as a weakness for USF’s defense as the unit allowed 45.3% of 3rd down plays to be converted for the entire year.

One of Taggart’s first hires in January of 2013, Ron Cooper brought to USF an ability to find and recruit NFL level talent. Serving as defensive backs coach at LSU from 2009-2011, Cooper helped recruit and coach players such as Patrick Peterson, Morris Claiborne, Eric Reid, and Tyrann Mathieu into stand out athletes and future stars. Despite his pedigree, USF only recorded six interceptions for the entire season and allowed several of those 3rd down conversions through the air.

The method of approach Willie Taggart and AD Mark Harlan takes in hiring new coordinators remains to be seen. But the message has been made clear, the pressure is on Taggart to produce results in 2015 or an even deeper coaching overhaul may take place this time next season.

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