TAMPA — The University of South Florida football program hired San Francisco 49ers senior offensive assistant Paul Wulff as its offensive coordinator and offensive line coach on Friday.
Wulff, the former head coach at Washington State and Eastern Washington, will begin at USF when the 49ers’ season ends. San Francisco faces the Carolina Panthers in Sunday’s NFC playoffs.
Wulff replaces Walt Weiss, who was fired along with quarterbacks coach Nick Sheridan. The Bulls (2-10) scored a national-low 11 offensive touchdowns and were ranked 121st out of 123 teams in total offense at 256.4 yards per game.
“Paul has great experience at the Division I level in a leadership role and a proven ability to develop strong offensive lines,” USF coach Willie Taggart said in a statement.
Wulff will be USF’s third offensive line coach in as many seasons. He was 9-40 at Washington State (2008-11), but 52-40 at Eastern Washington (2000-07) with three Division I-AA playoff berths.
Wulff’s experience with Harbaugh “gives him a great understanding of our philosophy,” Taggart said. Meanwhile, Harbaugh gave his blessing, saying, “Coach Taggart and the USF family are never too far from our thoughts.”