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Wisconsin football: per reports, RB coach John Settle is heading to Kentucky

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It sounds like the Badgers will be searching for their third new assistant coach this offseason.

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Per multiple outlets, it sounds like the Wisconsin Badgers will be in the market for a new running back’s coach. Football Scoop, Rivals and Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio are all reporting that John Settle will be leaving Paul Chryst’s staff and heading to Lexington to join Mark Stoops’ Kentucky Wildcats staff.

Settle has been the RB coach in Madison since 2015 and for 11 years total. The names that Settle has coached in Madison reads like a recent “who’s who” of Badger greats. Jonathan Taylor, James White, Corey Clement, Dare Ogunbowale, Derek Watt and Alec Ingold were all in Settle’s running back room and have moved on to have success in the NFL. Settle has also coached running backs for the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Pitt Panthers and Fresno State Bulldogs.

Per Football Scoop:

Settle would replace Jemal Singleton, who left last month for the Philadelphia Eagles, one month after joining the staff as running backs coach/special teams coordinator. Singleton was hired to replace Eddie Gran, who was not retained after five season as Big Blue’s offensive coordinator and running backs coach.

This offseason the Badgers have had to replace their DL coach (former Badger Ross Kolodziej was promoted from strength coach) and their QB coach (Chryst has assumed that role after Jon Budmayr left to be the OC at Colorado State). With Chryst taking on that added responsibility, they hired Hank Poteat to be CB coach to take a little off of DC Jim Leonhard’s plate.

We will have a post up later looking at potential replacements.