The first coaching staff under new Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst has started to take shape, though some of the pieces reportedly being added may not be locked in just yet. Though the reports of Joe Rudolph and Dave Aranda to both the offensive and defensive coordinator positions, respectively, started soon after Chryst was hired to take over the football program, many reports have circulated about who would fill out the other coaching vacancies.
Two days after a report citing assistant coaches Matt House and John Settle would jump from Pitt to Wisconsin, Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal reports House apparently will not join the Badgers' coaching staff, while Settle has not committed to coaching at UW next season after being offered a position. No firm reason was given as to why the plan to have House come aboard may have changed.
The news about Settle is interesting to say the least, considering how reports from both Baggot and Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel stated the former Wisconsin running backs coach could land back in Madison. The running backs coach position seemed to be down to Settle and incumbent Thomas Brown. 247Sports' Evan Flood reported per multiple sources that Chryst will retain Brown for the 2015 season, and Brown's tweet earlier this week reinforced that report:
Thomas Brown (@iamthomasbrown) January 8, 2015
Baggot also says assistants Inoke Breckterfield and Chris Haering "are poised" to be a part of Chryst's staff. Both have previous experience with Chryst at and before their time at Pitt. Baggot's article reaffirms a tweet earlier this week from Greg Matzek of 620 AM WTMJ confirming Breckterfield would coach at Wisconsin.
Matzek reported Breckterfield, the former Oregon State standout who first met Chryst in his time as a Beavers' head coach, would coach the defensive line. Along with that tweet, he also noted former Wisconsin standout and NFL veteran Ross Kolodziej would be the new strength and conditioning coach after Evan Simon followed Gary Andersen to Oregon State.
Haering worked with the outside linebackers and special teams in his time at Pitt.
Additionally, according to Potrykus on Friday,, the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents is set to meet next week to discuss the "openings" on the Badgers coaching staff.
#Badgers fans: UW Regents on Tuesday will discuss salaries of associate HC/OC and DC. That's Rudolph/Aranda.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) January 9, 2015
Will we get official announcements sometime in the coming week or two? One can assume so.
The curious case of Jay Norvell's Twitter account
Former Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator and Madison native Jay Norvell was let go by Sooners head coach Bob Stoops earlier this week. For what it's worth, Norvell is following a variety of current and former Wisconsin football and basketball players atop his "following" list (h/t Dan -- @WiscoSportsNut).
Fox Sports Wisconsin's Dave Heller smartly noted Friday night that when he decided to follow these Badgers remains to be seen.
Norvell had been co-offensive coordinator at Oklahoma since December 2010, and is a distinguished wide receivers coach who actually wrote a book, The Complete Receiver, on coaching and playing the position. Among the players he's coached professionally and collegiately include Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne and Ryan Broyles.
Norvell's name did come up to replace Chryst as offensive coordinator when he initially left to become Pitt's head coach after the 2011 season, but chose to remain at Oklahoma. Of course, no reports of any kind have connected Norvell to any current Wisconsin job opening, but he is a hometown native that played at Madison Memorial High School and coached at Wisconsin from 1989-94.
What does this mean in the long run? Nothing. This is the "silly season" where rumors abound. However, this could be a fun "Easter egg" find on Twitter if anything progresses.
Just enjoy the roller coaster ride, Badgers fans, until formal announcements on the coaching staff are made.