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Two USF football assistants will not return

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After finishing last nationally with just 11 offensive touchdowns, University of South Florida football coach Willie Taggart fired his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, USF said offensive coordinator Walt Wells, who specialized in the offensive line, and quarterbacks coach Nick Sheridan, also the passing game coordinator, would not return.

Their contracts expired on Tuesday.

USF (2-10) did not score an offensive touchdown in six of its 12 games. The Bulls were 121st nationally out of 123 Football Bowl Subdivision teams at 256.4 yards per game.

Wells, 46, was paid $210,000 last season, while Sheridan, 25, earned $160,000. Taggart hired both from his previous staff at Western Kentucky University.

Defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan is Taggart’s only assistant with a two-year contract.

“We’ve got to fix this offense,’’ Taggart said after USF’s season-ending 31-6 loss at Rutgers on Dec. 7. “It’s not an offense. It’s just off. We’ve got to find a way to fix it and we will.’’

In Friday’s statement, Taggart said, “I would like to thank Walt and Nick for their hard work and dedication to the USF football program. I appreciate their professionalism and service to USF and wish them the best in their future endeavors.’’

Taggart, who previously said he didn’t anticipate any changes when twice asked directly about his staff, will begin an immediate search for new staff members. Taggart, who calls the plays, will have nine returning starters on offense, including quarterback Mike White, who started the last five games as a true freshman.

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