INDIANAPOLIS — University of Wisconsin football coach Paul Crest was a bit ambiguous in his response to a question about former assistant Bill Sheridan.
Sheridan was hired in February to be the Badgers’ inboard linebacker coach, but resigned in May after he was among four assistants for breaching enlistment rules in the Air Force, his former UW station. Those violations included “providing impermissible benefits and hosting high school prospects during the COVID-19 death row in 2020,” according to a report by Brett McMurphy of The Action Network.
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“I’m worried at some point to tell people what happened,” Krist said. “I can not now.”
Crist said that since the first time he spoke with Sheridan about working at UW, Sheridan had disclosed the potential issue with the NCAA regarding his time in the Air Force, but they did not know how the NCAA would deal with Sheridan’s alleged violations.
In the statement announcing his resignation, Sheridan said he looks forward to making his case to the NCAA.
“He didn’t want to take anything (from) the team,” Crist said of Sheridan’s resignation.
Former Miami and Houston defense coordinator Mark Donofrio was hired in early June to replace Sheridan.
Krist said he reached out to D’Onofrio after reaching out to friends in the coaching world about potential candidates. He and defensive coordinator Jim Leonard checked out D’Onofrio before D’Onofrio visited the campus.
“I felt he could give the team and the player what we felt we needed,” Crist said. “We feel very lucky, in fact, with the timing. At that time (of the year), it would be unfair to say it was an open market. I thought if someone was going to leave (another program), I don’t know if that was the person. who I wanted to be with at that time.”
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