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USF Bulls hire Bresnahan as defensive coordinator

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Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 08:52 AM
TAMPA -

Veteran NFL assistant Chuck Bresnahan, who once served as Jon Gruden's defensive coordinator with the Oakland Raiders and hasn't worked as a college coach since 1993, will be defensive coordinator at the University of South Florida, coach Willie Taggart announced Wednesday night.

Bresnahan, 52, has eight seasons of experience as an NFL defensive coordinator. He worked on two NFL staffs with Jim Harbaugh, the San Francisco 49ers' head coach who is Taggart's mentor.

"Chuck has coached at the highest levels,'' Taggart said. "His ability to teach the game and mentor our players will be an asset to this football team. I know he'll be a terrific recruiter.''

Most recently, Bresnahan coached in the United Football League with the Florida Tuskers (2009-10) and Sacramento Mountain Hawks (2012).

He was defensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders in 2011 and Cincinnati Bengals from 2005 to 07. He was also Gruden's defensive coordinator at Oakland in 2000-01. He remained there in 2002, when the Raiders won the AFC championship and lost against Gruden's Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.

He was an assistant at Georgia Tech in 1990 under Bobby Ross, when the Yellow Jackets won a share of the national championship.

USF, 3-9 last season, finished 65th nationally in total defense, allowing 401.8 yards per game.

Taggart, hired by USF in December to replace Skip Holtz, previously named Walt Wells as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Wells was on Taggart's staff at Western Kentucky.

Taggart added two others from his WKU staff, Nick Sheridan as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator and Raymond Woodie as a defensive coach.

Taggart also retained Larry Scott from Holtz's staff as an offensive coach.

Plant High School head coach Robert Weiner, hired as receivers coach this week, changed his mind and returned to Plant after one day at USF.

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