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Report: Joe Rudolph will join Wisconsin's staff as offensive coordinator

Reports indicate Paul Chryst has secured his right-hand man for the Badgers. Plus, the names of a few other targets we may see more about in the next few days.

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Following yesterday’s news suggesting a deal was all but finished, today a source confirmed that Joe Rudolph will join Paul Chryst’s staff as offensive coordinator, according to Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal:

Rudolph, the interim head coach/offensive coordinator at Pitt, was in Madison yesterday to talk to Chryst. He was the Badgers’ tight end coach from 2008-2011 before joining Chryst at Pitt and it comes as no surprise, given their close relationship, that he will stick with Chryst as he returns to Wisconsin.

House had been expected to meet with Chryst and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda yesterday. He was defensive coordinator at Pitt the last two seasons and also coached linebackers and the secondary. While Baggot’s tweet places House as defensive line coach, reports last night had suggested Inoke Breckterfield would fill that position.

Settle would be another Wisconsin-to-Pitt-to-Wisconsin hire, albeit a slightly more roundabout one as he spent three seasons in the NFL between his 2006-2010 stint with the Badgers and the 2014 season, when he reunited with Chryst as the running backs coach at Pitt.

Baggot also reported on another Chryst target:

Haering has been the Panthers’ linebackers coach for three years and just completed his first season as special teams coordinator. He and Chryst go way back, as the two met in 1989 at West Virginia, where Chryst was a graduate assistant and Haering was a star linebacker.

From these reports it seems that most of the pieces of Chryst’s coaching staff are about to fall into place. Where exactly they will land is still unclear, and we’ll keep you up to date as more concrete news comes out.