The Wisconsin Badgers football head coach will be Matt Campbell following Toledo playing in their bowl game, you heard it here first. While Matt Campbell is a Badgers coaching rumor at this point this is currently what we are expecting to be the Badger rumor that actually becomes true. The 32 year Campbell is in his first year at Toledo after being offensive coordinator and line coach in prior seasons. Matt Campbell played college football at Mount Union and became the youngest offensive coordinator in the nation at age 24 where his offensive squads put up video game numbers. Prior to Mount Union he was a GA at Bowling Green where he had a good opportunity to learn under some bright offensive minds.
We have a strong belief in this rumor becoming true as Campbell is clearly a rising star in the coaching ranks which is what we feel Barry is looking for. If you remember Barry started the trend of hiring very young head coaches at a major university when he hired Bielema. In addition while Barry is from a defensive background and probably picked Bielema on his defense driven nature we believe he has come to value offensive genius being required in the college game to compete at the very highest levels. Just look around the landscape of college football you don't find many successful coaches with defensive backgrounds. The trick we haven't told you is not only is Campbell an offensive coach in fact he was a defensive star in his playing days so he has a good understanding of the full game.
Campbell being a young coach with a history of coaching lineman should help recruiting for the Badgers at a very important position. In addition his Ohio connections will be of value to the Badgers on the recruiting trail. More to come but memorize the name Matt Campbell because you will be hearing it more and more.
The final piece to the Matt Campbell Wisconsin puzzle is he has a great network of coaches he was associated with from his time at Bowling Green such as Azzani the Badgers current Wide Receiver coach. We feel it is the hidden aspect of a network he can hire from that gives a big edge to Campbell. Matt Campbell has run both as pro offense as an offensive coordinator as well as a modified pro using some of Bowling Green's spread formation trickery. Barry Alvarez has also always had a little bit of an appreciation for the big number Bowling Green put up on his team one year and the power of those dynamic plays.
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