Slowly but surely, Willie Taggart is piecing together his first coaching staff at USF. And, not so surprisingly, he’s reaching back to his old staff to do it.
USF announced Thursday evening that Taggart has hired Walt Wells and Nick Sheridan to his Bulls offensive staff. The former will serve as Taggart’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, the latter as quarterbacks coach and passing-game coordinator.
Both coaches were members of coach Taggart’s staff at Western Kentucky and will remain with the Hilltoppers through WKU’s bowl game.
“Walt Wells and Nick Sheridan are great teachers and great mentors,” Taggart said. “Both played a critical role in building the foundation at WKU. They understand the way we will run our offensive system and our program.”
Wells had spent the past 10 seasons at WKU, while Sheridan continues his meteoric rise up the coaching ladder.
Sheridan played quarterback at Michigan from 2006-09 and graduated from UM in 2010 before embarking on his coaching career at the high school level. After just one season at his alma mater — Saline High School in Saline, Mich. — Sheridan joined Taggart at WKU in the spring of 2011 as an offensive grad assistant. He was promoted to quarterbacks coach and passing-game coordinator a year later, and has now moved on from high school to the Sun Belt to the Big East in just three short years.
Wells and Sheridan join Raymond Woodie (defensive assistant) and Larry Scott (offensive assistant) as members of Taggart’s initial staff. Woodie was also a member of WKU’s 2012 staff, while Scott is the lone holdover from the Skip Holtz era.
Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo could have a charge of simple assault dropped by a New Jersey court today. The woman he is accused of slamming to the concrete has agreed to drop the restraining order request and has asked the assault charge against the Rutgers receiver be dropped as well. NJ.com reports today the woman and Carroo each appeared in a family court on Tuesday, and the woman told the judge she is not scared of Carroo.
So, what does this mean for football? Simply put, it means Carroo may be eligible to play again as soon as this weekend. That would be good timing, as Rutgers is set to host Michigan State this Saturday night.
Carroo has been sitting out while serving an indefinite suspension while this legal process plays out. Carroo has missed each of the last two games for Rutgers, against Penn State and Kansas. Rutgers was off this past weekend. If this legal process does play out as it is expected at this point, Carroo could be reinstated quickly and promptly, making him eligible to return right away. Carroo is one fo the best players on the roster, so having him back and eligible to play is very good news for the Scarlet Knights offense.
The recent flooding in the state of South Carolina has brought many dangers and concerns much more important than football with it, but this being a college football-focused website we must dive into the connection real life issues have with the sport from time to time. South Carolina is scheduled to host LSU in Columbia this Saturday, and that still appears to be the plan. Alternate plans have been discussed though, just in case they will be needed as the week unfolds.
The very concept of moving a college football game to another stadium is indeed a rare situation. It is not, however, completely without precedent. The 1942 Rose Bowl between Duke and Oregon State (my how the times have changed) was moved from Pasadena, California across the country to be played in Durham, North Carolina. This was out of fear of the west coast being attacked during World War II though. LSU’s Tiger Stadium has served as a home football stadium for a weather-related event in the past as well. The New Orleans Saints played four games in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and forced the Saints to play the entire 2005 season on the road.
Today is only Tuesday, so there is still some time to make sure Williams-Brice Stadium and the surrounding area is suitable for hosting the SEC contest this weekend. Odds are the game will be able to be played as scheduled, but safety for fans and teams involved is always the priority.