Wisconsin inside linebackers coach Bill Sheridan, who is under investigation by the NCAA for alleged recruiting violations as an Air Force assistant coach, resigned from his position on Friday.
The Action Network reported earlier this week that Sheridan, assistant defensive line coach Del Cowsette, tight ends coach Jonathan Himebauch and an unknown assistant were being investigated for impermissible benefits and for welcoming high school recruits to the Air Force in 2020, when the NCAA imposed a dead period in recruiting due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Air Force, in a statement to ESPN, confirmed there was an NCAA investigation but did not name the former aides involved.
“While I look forward to presenting my case at a hearing, I am concerned that the NCAA investigation into activities that occurred before I joined the Wisconsin football team may be a distraction that could harm the program,” Sheridan said in a statement. . “Accordingly, I submit my resignation with immediate effect. I have great respect for the coach [Paul] Chryst, his staff and the student-athletes I have had the privilege of meeting and coaching over the past three months. I regret not having the opportunity to continue being part of this special group and I wish them the best of luck for the coming season.”
The Air Force fired the aides after learning of the alleged violations, Action Network reported.
“The U.S. Air Force Academy is working with the NCAA in an ongoing self-reported case and we continue to work cooperatively with NCAA law enforcement personnel to resolve the matter,” the superintendent said. Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard Clark and Athletic director Nathan Pine said in a statement. “Per NCAA rules and procedures, the Air Force is unable to comment on any aspect of the pending case until it is complete. It is our responsibility to ensure the integrity of the institution, the athletic department, our cadet-athletes and staff.”
Sheridan, a former NFL defensive coordinator and veteran college assistant, joined the Wisconsin staff in February and coached the team through spring training. The 63-year-old previously coached the Big Ten at Michigan State (1998-2000) and Michigan (2002-04).
Wisconsin had moved Bob Bostad, who previously coached inside linebackers, to the offensive line, where he coached from 2008 to 2011.