After Wisconsin landed another quarterback for the class of 2015 on Monday, Tuesday brings us a few more insights into the makeup of Paul Chryst's first staff as a Badgers head coach.
Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal reports that former Oklahoma wide receivers coach and Madison (Memorial) native Jay Norvell is expected to return to Wisconsin. Norvell coached at UW from 1989-94, overseeing the offensive line, receivers and special teams. He also played at Iowa when Barry Alvarez was an assistant.
Norvell had been Oklahoma's co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach since 2010 when he was fired last week.
Chris Beatty has been Wisconsin wide receivers coach for the past two seasons, but according to Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated, he's expected to join Virginia's coaching staff under Mike London. Interestingly enough, Evans says Beatty could coach running backs there. Beatty is a Virginia native who recruited that state for Wisconsin, was a high school coach in the state for several years and also a West Virginia running backs/slot receivers coach from 2008-10.
Also in Baggot's item has more reporting that Bob Bostad is unlikely to return to Wisconsin to coach the offensive line, as he did from 2008-11 after serving as UW's run game coordinator/tight ends coach from 2006-07. It seems likely that Bostad will remain in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans, with whom he just finished his first season.
Elsewhere, intrepid uses of the internet/247Sports message board have noticed that a few names of significance to this coaching search have been entered into UW-Madison's personnel directory: Chris Haering and Mickey Turner. Both are listed as "ASST COACH" with "FOOTBALL" listed as the department.
Haering just finished his third season as an assistant for Pitt, and his first as the Panthers' special teams coordinator. He also coached outside linebackers in 2014. Haering and Chryst first met when Haering was an outside linebacker at West Virginia and Chryst was a graduate assistant there from 1989-90.
Turner is a former Wisconsin tight end (2006-09) who spent the last three seasons at Pitt, and just finished his first as the Panthers' assistant director of player development. He was a quality control assistant for Pitt in 2012 and an offensive graduate assistant in 2013. Turner was a four-year letterwinner at UW, serving as as a senior team captain for the 2009 season when Wisconsin finished 10-3, No. 16 and with a win over Miami in the Champs Sports Bowl. He was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection at UW.
Searching UW's directory also turns up an entry for Joe Rudolph, who's widely been pegged to be Chryst's offensive coordinator at UW. Per Baggot's article, Rudolph will "almost certainly" coach Wisconsin's offensive line now that Bostad is out of the picture.
A note on the directory, before everyone goes nuts: a number of coaches from Gary Andersen's staff are listed in there.
So, where does this leave Wisconsin's staff? Here's a brief, entirely unofficial rundown that includes the latest reports:
- Paul Chryst, head coach
- Joe Rudolph, offensive coordinator/offensive line coach
- Dave Aranda, defensive coordinator
- Thomas Brown, running backs coach
- Jay Norvell, wide receivers
- Inoke Breckterfield, defensive assistant (worked with defensive linemen at Pitt)
- Chris Haering, defensive assistant (worked with outside linebackers at Pitt)
- Mickey Turner, offensive assistant (was assistant director of player development at Pitt)
With that presumed staff in place (again, we're stepping into the realm of speculation here), that leaves the secondary still undetermined. Ben Strickland's status is up in the air (he coached cornerbacks the past three seasons), which is surprising, considering how good of a job he did recruiting Wisconsin for Andersen and serving as a bridge of sorts between Bret Bielema and Andersen's staff. It's also unclear where Bill Busch (safeties) might be headed.