The Weekender: NFL Schedule is Released, Wisconsin Linebackers Coach Bill Sheridan Steps Down and Kirby Smart Talks Tampering

By 11W Staff on May 15, 2022 at 2:35 pm
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NFL Schedule is Out

The NFL announced its full schedule for the 2022 season on Thursday. The defending AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals will open their against the Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time ever, while the Cleveland Browns start with a road game against the Carolina Panthers. Chris Olave’s Saints debut will be a road game in Atlanta, while Garrett Wilson will start his Jets career with a home game against the Ravens.

Wilson will travel back to the Buckeye State in Week 2 for a game in Cleveland, while Olave will return for a Christmas Eve game against the Browns. During the Buckeyes' bye week on the weekend of October 15, the Browns play host to the New England Patriots and the Bengals play Olave and the Saints in New Orleans.

The NFL season kicks off with the Bills traveling to Los Angeles to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Rams on Thursday, Sept. 8. 

Short Stint for Sheridan

Less than three months after he became Wisconsin’s inside linebackers coach, Bill Sheridan resigned his position this week following allegations that he committed recruiting allegations while as a defensive line coach at Air Force. 

The allegations include “providing impermissible benefits to recruits” and “hosting high school prospects during the COVID-19 dead period,” which lasted over a year. 

“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 in a statement. “As a result, I am submitting my resignation effective immediately.”

This isn’t the first time Sheridan has resigned abruptly from a Big Ten coaching staff. He was Urban Meyer’s initial hire to coach cornerbacks at Ohio State in 2012, but left after less than a month to become the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator, leading to Kerry Coombs’ arrival at Ohio State.

Player-led Tampering?

In an interview with radio host and TV personality Paul Finebaum, Georgia coach Kirby Smart said he doesn't think there's as much tampering with potential college football transfers as people think. 

“The tampering comes from the player that's searching somewhere else,” Smart said, “not from a coach reaching out.” The defending national champion Bulldogs lost former wide receiver Jermaine Burton to conference rival Alabama this offseason.

Smart's comments came on the heels of Louisville coach Scott Satterfield’s comments earlier this week that tampering may have played a role in former Cardinals receiver Tyler Harell heading to Alabama. 

Saban responded by saying, “hopefully we have enough honesty and integrity out there among us professionally in our sport that people are going to abide by the rules.”


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