Let the Badgers assisstant football coaches rumors for Gary Andersen's staff begin as it looks like the Badgers head coach rumors can end. The first and biggest rumor/ concern has to be who is the offensive coordinator as Utah State has run a spread attack and Barry Alvarez has made it clear he would like to/ mandate to stick with a pro style offense. Matt Wells despite running a spread option will be brought from Utah State to be the offensive coordinator, he will then be paired with a solid tactitian of a pro style offense. We can't be sure but our guess is that tactitian is Thomas Hammock the Badgers running backs coach who hasn't accepted a position elsewhere and is a rising star in the profession with Midwest ties. Hammock will get the title of associate head coach and recruiting coordinator as well. As insight Wells apparently was offered the NC State job that was given to Canada but he turned it down, our guess with the knowledge he was moving to Wisconsin. The other thing that could happen is Wells takes the Utah state he'd coaching job and coach Canada comes racing back to Madison.
Next question has to be who will be the defensive coordinator and for this we like the ability of luring back Charlie Partridge with an upgrade in rank even though it looks like it won't happen. Partridge is a coach on the rise and we are surpised he even accepted the Arkansas position as a lateral move as he should have moved up to defensive coordinator somewhere this year. Partridge is a good recruiter that will be able to build on the success he has had at Wisconsin in years past. Partridge would also solidify the defensive line a critical area to have a known commodity as coach. What will likely happen is that Utah State defensive coordinator Dave Arnada will likely become the Badgers defensive coordinator as by all accounts he did a great job there in his first season on the job, is also on the rise as a coach and in fact the rumor is was offered the Cal defensive coordinator job as well as Texas Tech and turned them down.Chad Kauha'aha'a the defensive line coach at Utah is also a person to keep your eye on for defensive line coach or even coordinator in case Arnada isn't coming. Bill Busch is likely coming as well from Utah State as he is currently their Associate head coach/ safeties/ special teams coach and seems to be a packaged deal with Andersen.
The hope is that interim offensive line coach Bart Miller will be made officially the Badgers offensive line coach as no offense to whoever Gary Andersen knows they aren't likely to do the job Miller just did and have the same respect of the players. One position that is going to need to be filled from a new source is wide receiver as that ship has sailed with Azzani, Jovon Bouknight who is currently the Wide Receiver coach at Utah State looks like a great hire to make at this slot. Bouknight was one of 15 semifinalists for the 2005 Biletnikoff Award his senior season. Utah State has had a good receiving corp under Bouknight and this is a great opportunity for Andersen to bring one of his people with him. Another offensive position coach of need will be QB coach and for that we look to an outside hire who is older and has unique experience as the Badgers aren't likely to get Bollinger back and we think Matt Wells the Utah State QB coach/ coordinator will be staying there possibly as head coach.
Running backs coach is potentially an area of need if Hammock leaves or is promoted, in which case we see Faulkner or Brian Calhoun stepping into the running backs role. Tight end coach is also going to be a concern as we don't see this coming from Utah State and Faulkner for sure won't be tight ends coach again, we feel this is a great opportunity to go out and hire an up and comer in the coaching profession.
Going back to the defensive side of the ball the Badgers will be looking for a linebackers coach and for this position we think they are going to the coaching rolodex as we don't like Andersen's guy Clune to make the trip to Madison and the Badgers don't have an option. We look for a young graduate assistant who played in the Big Ten at linebacker and is looking to make a name for themselves. At secondary coach we look for Ben Strickland to make the jump to leading that unit but he is going to have stiff competition from Kendrick Shaver at Utah State, the only question is if this is a role that Bill Busch gets slotted into.
We are also hoping that Ben Herbert the strength and conditioning coach at Wisconsin will be making a very quick turnaround to staying on staff instead of going to Arkansas as this is an important retention target.
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