New Wisconsin linebackers coach Bill Sheridan, who reportedly violated NCAA rules in 2020 while at Air Force, resigns

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MADISON – With spring practice completed and preseason camp less than three months away, Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst must hire a new assistant.

Inside linebackers coach Bill Sheridan, who reportedly violated NCAA rules in 2020 at Air Force before joining the UW staff in February, has resigned.

UW officials announced the move Friday afternoon, after Chryst informed the team.

“While I look forward to presenting my case at a hearing, I am concerned that the NCAA investigation regarding activities that occurred prior to me joining the Wisconsin football staff could be a distraction which could cause harm to the program,” Sheridan said. “As a result, I am submitting my resignation effective immediately.

“I have great respect for Coach Chryst, his staff and the student-athletes I had the privilege of meeting and coaching over the past three months. I regret that I will not have the opportunity to continue to be part of this special group and wish them well with the upcoming season.”

Brett McMurphy of Action Network reported May 6 that Sheridan was among four Air Force assistants who violated NCAA rules by hosting recruits during the COVID-19 dead period in 2020 and providing impermissible benefits.

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Chryst apparently was unaware of the violations until McMurphy's report.

Sheridan signed a one-year contract that was to run through June 30, 2023, and he was to be paid $300,000.

His contract included a clause that read:

"Coach agrees to cooperate and make full disclosure of all facts to the proper authorities should there be an investigation of the intercollegiate athletic program, including his conduct, by University, the NCAA, the Big Ten or any other applicable conference with which University may be affiliated."

Sheridan, 63, replaced Bob Bostad, who switched to offensive line coach after working with the inside linebackers since 2017.

Sheridan worked with Bostad in Tampa Bay in 2012 and 2013 and knew UW outside linebackers coach Bobby April III through the profession. According to Sheridan, April had told him that if Bostad ever switched back to offensive line from inside linebackers the Badgers might reach out.

Chryst decided to switch Bostad back to the offensive line after Joe Rudolph left for Virginia Tech, and Sheridan was soon headed to Madison to take Bostad's old job.

“I want to thank Bill for his time with us,” Chryst said. “Though he was only a part of our program for a short time, he had a positive impact on our players, especially the inside linebackers that he worked closely with. I wish him nothing but the best.”

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