While the Badgers learned that they will have Montee Ball back at running back next year after his announcement yesterday that he’s returning to UW for his senior season, it looks like Wisconsin will lose two more members of its program, with center Peter Konz opting to go to the NFL (no surprise) and recruiting coordinator and assistant coach Joe Rudolph reportedly joining Paul Chryst at Pitt:
Chryst has already hired two assistants from the UW staff — linebackers coach Dave Huxtable and offensive line coach Bob Bostad. Huxtable will be Pittsburgh’s defensive coordinator; Bostad reportedly will be the offensive coordinator, though Chryst is expected to call the plays.
It is possible Rudolph, who grew close to Chryst and Bostad during his four seasons on the UW staff, could be given the title of co-offensive coordinator with Bostad.
The loss of Konz, who started 31 games at UW, means the Badgers must replace three starters from the offensive line. Right guard Kevin Zeitler and right tackle Josh Oglesby played their final games for UW in the Rose Bowl.
Some Badgers fans are freaking out about all of the departures that have happened since Chryst took the Pitt job, and seem especially shaken by the loss of Rudolph. My view? This is the price of success. When your team is good, teams that aren’t good want your people to make their team good too.
My guess is that someone will be the offensive coordinator next season, and there will be coaches for the linebackers, and the offensive line, and there will be a recruiting coordinator too. Those people will probably be quite qualified to coach college football.
I’m more worried about a lack of a quarterback for next season, as the Leaders division (or is it the Legends division? stupid names) is quite winnable next year, with Ohio State sitting in a timeout for 2012 and with Penn State in shambles.