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Report: Wisconsin offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph interviewed for Temple head coach position

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Could the Badgers be looking for a new offensive coordinator?

Patrick Barron

Wisconsin offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Rudolph interviewed for the Temple Owls’ head coaching vacancy, The Athletic and Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported on Tuesday.

As Feldman tweeted, “word is he was impressive.”

Rudolph has spent two different stints with Wisconsin. He just finished his fourth consecutive season as associate head coach/offensive coordinator/offensive line coach under head coach Paul Chryst. This season, his offensive line helped lead the way for Doak Walker Award winner Jonathan Taylor, who rushed for 2,194 yards. Wisconsin’s offense ranked sixth in the nation in the ground game, gaining 273.4 yards per contest.

In his second tenure as a coach at UW, he has tutored NFL or NFL-bound linemen Ryan Ramczyk, Michael Deiter, Beau Benzschawel, and David Edwards.

During his first stint as a Wisconsin assistant, he coached the tight ends from 2008-11, overseeing the development of NFL tight ends Travis Beckum, Jake Byrne, Garrett Graham, and Lance Kendricks.

From 2012-14, he followed Chryst to Pitt and became the Panthers’ offensive coordinator and tight ends coach. When Chryst returned to UW as head coach, Rudolph took over as Pitt’s interim head coach and coached the Panthers in the 2015 Armed Forces Bowl.

Temple has lost two head coaches this offseason, as Geoff Collins left to lead Georgia Tech’s program. His replacement, former Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, took over the reins briefly before returning to the Hurricanes as their head coach after Mark Richt abruptly retired.