Ohio State Confirms Sheridan Leaving for ‘Other Opportunities’ 

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Ohio State Confirms Sheridan Leaving for ‘Other Opportunities’ 
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — If there was an award for shortest coaching stay at Ohio State, it might belong to defensive assistant Bill Sheridan.

Hired to replace Taver Johnson as the Buckeyes’ cornerbacks coach last month, Sheridan will not make it to spring practice in Columbus, let alone his first game as an Ohio State assistant.

A University spokesperson confirmed Friday that Sheridan has “elected to pursue other opportunities,” and it is expected that he will be introduced as Greg Schiano’s new defensive coordinator in Tampa Bay.

After a decade at Rutgers, Schiano became the Buccaneers head coach about the same time Sheridan was being announced as the final member of Urban Meyer’s first coaching staff in Columbus.

The 53-year old Sheridan spent the last two seasons as the linebackers coach with the Miami Dolphins, but he also spent 2009 as defensive coordinator for the New York Giants.

A native of Detroit, Mich., Sheridan was hired to replace Taver Johnson, a long-time Jim Tressel assistant who had been retained by Meyer during the coaching change. Johnson was hired as the co-defensive coordinator at Arkansas under former colleague Paul Haynes in January, leaving Meyer with an unexpected opening on his coaching staff.

Sheridan was a unique hire because he had very little experience working with defensive backs. He also began his career at Michigan, where he was a graduate assistant under Bo Schembechler from 1985-86.

That was about the same time Meyer was working as a graduate assistant at Ohio State under Earle Bruce. Sheridan returned to Ann Arbor as a defensive assistant with the linebackers and defensive line under Lloyd Carr from 2002-04.

He made the jump from college to the NFL in 2005, spending five years in New York, while winning a Super Bowl with the Giants as their linebackers coach. He was fired after one unsuccessful season as the team’s defensive coordinator in 2009.

Sheridan’s departure means the Buckeyes are once again without a cornerbacks coach. Co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers will be assisting with the defensive backs come spring, but Meyer is expected to have Sheridan’s replacement in place by then.


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