Report: Wisconsin losing defensive assistant to SEC job
It appears that Wisconsin’s defensive staff has earned some respect around the country.
After reports began to swirl about Badger defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard making the move to LSU, another Wisconsin defensive coach is reportedly on his way out. The latest is defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield. He’s reportedly heading to Vanderbilt to join the Commodores and new head coach Clark Lea.
SOURCES: Wisconsin defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield is expected to be named the new D-line coach at Vandy, joining Clark Lea’s staff. The Badgers led the Big Ten in total defense and run defense this year.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 3, 2021
Though it was an odd season with the Badgers missing significant time due to COVID-19 protocol, Wisconsin’s defense surely stood out as the conference’s best in total defense. That certainly means other teams are going to be in the business of poaching coaches from that staff.
— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) January 3, 2021
Breckterfield began working with Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst back in Chryst’s Pittsburgh days. He moved on to Madison when Chryst got the job.
Lea and Breckterfield previously worked together at UCLA back in 2011 when Breckterfield was the Bruins’ defensive line coach while Lea was the linebackers coach.
Chryst has had some turnover during his team, including when Leonhard took over as DC in 2017. But it appears now that Chryst may potentially have to replace multiple defensive coaches heading into the 2021 season.