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Sources: Bostad going to Pitt, too

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Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 28, 2011
— Although the number of assistant coaches set to leave the Wisconsin football program after the 2012 Rose Bowl is minimal, replacing their productivity and experience will not be easy.

UW coach Bret Bielema said Monday that outgoing offensive coordinator Paul Chryst will be taking only one assistant with him to Pittsburgh.


Although Bielema declined to name the assistant, two sources familiar with talks identified offensive line coach Bob Bostad.


A UW source said before Chryst took the job at Pittsburgh his first target would be Bostad.


“I’ve had discussions with Paul and I know what’s going to happen,” Bielema said Monday after the team arrived in Los Angeles to continue preparing to face Oregon in the Rose Bowl. “There’s definitely going to be transition … it’s just one other guy.”


With Bostad leaving, tight ends coach Joe Rudolph likely will be promoted to offensive coordinator.


Bielema said last week he planned to promote either Bostad or Rudolph to offensive coordinator to replace Chryst and then hire a quarterbacks coach.


Rudolph was a first-team All-Big Ten offensive lineman for UW in 1993 and ‘94. He is in his fourth season on the staff.


Bostad is in his fourth season as UW’s offensive line coach and his sixth season overall on the staff. He was UW’s tight ends coach during his first two seasons (2006 and ‘07) and was given the title of run-game coordinator before the ‘07 season.


Under Bostad, four offensive linemen have garnered All-American honors over the last two seasons.


Left tackle Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt were named All-Americans after last season. Right guard Kevin Zeitler and center Peter Konz were All-Americans this season.


Six linemen received All-Big Ten honors after last season, and five were so honored this season.


UW has rushed for at least 3,000 yards in each of the last two seasons, a first in program history.


The departure of Chryst and Bostad means UW is losing two coaches who contributed significantly to the Badgers fielding record-setting offenses.


UW averaged 34.3 points per game in 2005, Chryst’s first season as offensive coordinator and Barry Alvarez’s last season as head coach.


Bielema took over in ‘06, and Bostad joined his first staff. UW averaged 29.2 points per game that season, 29.5 in ‘07, 27.5 in ‘08, 31.8 in ‘09 and 41.5 last season.


UW enters the Rose Bowl averaging 44.6 points per game, No. 4 nationally.


The loss of Bostad can’t be spun in a positive manner. However, the retention of Rudolph is important.


Rudolph, who grew up near Pittsburgh, is UW’s recruiting coordinator and considered a rising star in the coaching business.


“I really don’t think it is going to be a difficult factor for me, the players or the coaches,” Bielema said when asked about the transition.


Although that could hold true for the bowl game, UW stands to suffer significant personnel losses on offense after the game.



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