Wisconsin defensive assistant reportedly moving back to offense
Paul Chryst is reportedly turning to a familiar face to replace Joe Rudolph, who left for Virginia Tech, as Wisconsin’s offensive line coach. Bob Bostad will shift back to coaching the offensive line, according to Colten Bartholomew of the Wisconsin State Journal.
Bostad, 55, has been Wisconsin’s inside linebackers coach since 2017. Most of his coaching experience, however, has come working with the offensive line. Bostad was the Badgers’ offensive line coach from 2008-11, shifting over from coaching tight ends 2006-07. He held the run game coordinator all 6 seasons as well.
Bostad left Wisconsin after 2011, briefly serving as Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator before accepting an offensive line coaching position with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bostad was with the Bucs from 2012-13 and then the Tennessee Titans 2014-15. He returned to the college ranks in 2016 as Northern Illinois’ tight ends and fullbacks coach.
Prior to his initial Wisconsin stint, Bostad coached the offensive line at Cal State Northridge (1995-96), San Jose State (1997-98) and New Mexico (1999-2005).
Rudolph was announced as Virginia Tech’s run game coordinator and o-line coach on Jan. 3. We’ll see what Chryst does to fill the defensive staff opening created by shuffling Bostad back to the offensive line.