Former UW offensive lineman and tight ends coach Joe Rudolph is expected to join Paul Chryst in Madison.
MADISON - Paul Chryst is officially in the fold. Now who will be there with him?
The new University of Wisconsin coach will be tasked with piecing together a coaching staff that will likely consist of some members of his group in Pittsburgh, holdovers from former UW coach Gary Andersen’s staff and possibly some new but familiar faces.
“I'm looking forward to being able to talk to the (current) coaches tomorrow,” Chryst said Wednesday during his introductory press conference. “I'm looking forward to putting the group together. But, (I) haven't finalized anything certainly.”
He’s right in that nothing has been finalized but some pieces to the puzzle are coming into focus.
CoachingSearch.com reported earlier in the week that Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph and defensive coordinator Matt House will be coming with Chryst to Madison.
Rudolph was an All-Big Ten offensive lineman for Wisconsin in the early 1990’s and coached UW’s tight ends from 2008-2011. With the announcement of Chryst taking the UW job, Rudolph will serve as the interim head coach for Pitt’s Armed Forces Bowl matchup with Houston on Jan. 2.
House served under Chryst for two years at Pitt and will come to Wisconsin as something other than defensive coordinator, meaning Dave Aranda, who currently holds that spot for the Badgers, could return.
Kevin Graham of WEEI in Boston is reporting that Aranda and Andersen have decided its best for him to stay in Madison. A person close to the program told ESPNWisconsin.com that UW players asked Aranda to stay. That same person said safeties coach Bill Busch would also like to stick around.
Meanwhile, Ben Strickland – a former UW player who has coached the Badgers’ cornerbacks for the past two seasons – is expected to remain in Madison.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also reported that tight ends coach Jeff Genyk would like to stay as well.
It's unclear where running backs coach Thomas Brown and wide receivers coach Chris Beatty sit when it comes to their futures.
There is also the possibility that Chryst could go after his friend and former co-worker Bob Bostad. He coached the Badgers tight ends in 2006, and was the offensive line and the team’s run game coordinator from 2007-2011. He currently works for the Tennessee Titans as the offensive line coach.
As for the coaches that will follow Andersen to Oregon State, two have already been hired. Offensive line coach T.J. Woods and defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a will reportedly join the Beavers after UW’s Outback Bowl matchup with Auburn. Also, strength and conditioning coach Evan Simon, recruiting coordinator Vince Guita and Director of Football Operations Jason Thomas will head west.
“I know that we'll be able to put together a great staff, and a staff of men that certainly are experts in their field,” Chryst said. “But are great people and that truly buy into wanting to help these young men become the best they can. Certainly in football, but outside of football, and that is every bit, if not more, rewarding than the actual football part.”