Wisconsin loses its associate head coach and top recruiter to Bret Bielema's staff in Fayetteville.
Charlie Patridge wore many hats at Wisconsin, and he will now officially be taking them to Bret Bielema's staff at Arkansas. Saturday night, the school announced Partidge, Wisconsin's associate head coach, Co-Defensive Coordinator and defensive line coach, will be joining Bielema's staff in Fayetteville.
Partridge, 39, was also a phenomenal recruiter for the Badgers, and that aspect figures to be the most significant of his departure. A Plantation, Fla., native, Partridge developed especially strong connections to the state. Wisconsin has 11 players from Florida on this season's roster.
Charlie Partridge has joined @bretbielema staff as DL coach after 5 seasons at Wisconsin, last 2 as Assoc. HC and co-DC— Razorback Football(@RazorbackFB) December 15, 2012
Partridge joins Wisconsin's defensive coordinator, Chris Ash, as assistants to follow Bielema. Like Ash, Partridge will also coach Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, per Robbie Neiswanger of the Arkansas News Bureau/Stephens Media.
As mentioned above, the loss of Partridge's recruiting ability is the greatest for the Badgers. Furthermore, if first-year linebackers coach Andy Buh does indeed join Bielema's staff in Arkansas as reported on Friday, Wisconsin will have lost five assistant coaches since its dismantling of Nebraska in the Big Ten Championship Game. Partridge, Ash and Buh will be joining Arkansas, while offensive coordinator Matt Canada heads to N.C. State and first-year receivers coach Zach Azzanni leaves for Tennessee.