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Another assistant coach leaves 49ers for college job


The 49ers are slowly losing pieces from what had been a stable coaching staff to the college game.

Via Matt Maiocco of, reports say senior offensive assistant Paul Wulff has taken a job as the offensive coordinator at South Florida.

Wulff would be joining coach Willie Taggart there. Taggart coached running backs at Stanford under Harbaugh from 2007-2009.

This follows the defection of assistant offensive line coach Tim Drevno, who took a job as line coach and run game coordinator at Southern Cal.

Those are the first two assistants Harbaugh has lost in his time with the 49ers. The more serious losses could be yet to come.

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman interviewed with Penn State this week, and remains on the lists for some NFL openings. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was reportedly sought by the Redskins for an interview.

“I know our people and their focus is right here, on this game,” Harbaugh said Wednesday, heading into Sunday’s Divisional Round playoff game against the Panthers.

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14 Responses to “Another assistant coach leaves 49ers for college job”
  1. dynaco says: Jan 8, 2014 5:23 PM

    Nothing can be finer than to bolt the 49er’s.

  2. oaktown49er says: Jan 8, 2014 5:36 PM

    I hear a lot of SF fans who are ready to see Roman go, but as we have seen a lot worse here, I want him to stay. However, the way the Niners have played lately, I think Roman and Fangio have pretty solid job security where they are and going to a college or another pro team to be th HC could end up being a bad career choice.

  3. rickyspanish says: Jan 8, 2014 5:47 PM

    Can’t these interviews wait until after February? I don’t care what people say, these interviews have to divert focus. When I put my two weeks in, I’m thinking about where I’m going, not where I’ve been.

  4. polegojim says: Jan 8, 2014 5:55 PM

    Interesting that these guys are leaving for lateral or barely one-rung-up positions.

    Wonder what’s up with that???

    Typically, guys want to stay around a rising,
    up-and-coming successful org… or maybe they see that as THE issue?

  5. rolltide510 says: Jan 8, 2014 6:35 PM

    lateral or barely one up positions? Non-coordinator “assistant” jobs are like the NFL version of graduate assistants. They’re all going to much better jobs.

  6. bcfalcon says: Jan 8, 2014 6:59 PM

    Go Bulls!

  7. bsofsf says: Jan 8, 2014 7:05 PM

    The 49ers have a winning coach, a talented roster and lots of draft picks to replenish for free agency losses. Any openings for the offensive or defensive coordinator positions should attract high quality candidates eager to burnish their credentials with a winning organization. You saw the same thing happen in the Walsh era, where his assistants were always getting plucked, but another great coach was plugged right in. It won’t be the end of the world if we lose a coordinator.

  8. radar8 says: Jan 8, 2014 7:19 PM

    Congrats to those that got better jobs.

    The Niners will be fine. All good teams lose coaches. The same thing is happening to many of the good teams. It’s not a big deal.

  9. bert1913 says: Jan 8, 2014 7:26 PM

    with these lateral moves this says a lot about working with harbaugh

  10. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 8, 2014 7:53 PM

    They’re going to the colleges hoping to get tenure.

  11. irootforthecardinals says: Jan 8, 2014 8:35 PM

    Who’s got if better…?

  12. ninermoose says: Jan 8, 2014 9:31 PM

    Not the Cardinals….

  13. bubba9er says: Jan 9, 2014 2:36 PM

    Never begrudge someone seeking greener pastures. Hopefully they find what they are looking for and not a pile of turd.

    Go Niners.

  14. dvdheg says: Jan 9, 2014 11:17 PM

    they hate harbaugh

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