The University of Wisconsin Badgers football assistant coach Joe Rudolph, who has been with UW since 2015 as the associate head coach, offensive coordinator, and offensive line coach, has left Wisconsin to join Brent Pry’s staff at Virginia Tech to be the offensive line coach and run-game coordinator.
“It’s been an emotional day,” Rudolph said.
Rudolph also took to Twitter to post a heartfelt message to Wisconsin:
While the offensive line failed to live up to expectations at times this year, as well as in 2018, Rudolph was an excellent recruiter for the Badgers and his UW lineman raved about him as a coach.
Former Badgers lineman David Moorman posted on Twitter on Rudolph:
While it’s disappointing to see a good recruiter leave, sometimes change can be a good thing for all parties involved.
This is an opportunity for head coach Paul Chryst to shake up the staff.
There won’t be any shortage of options to replace Joe Rudolph. There can’t be too many OL jobs in the country more attractive than Wisconsin.
The move I’d like to see is moving inside linebacker coach Bob Bostad back to the Offensive Line and give outside linebacker coach Bobby April both linebacker positions. In that scenario, Paul could hire an offensive coordinator.
The new OL coach will have a lot of young talent in the room. They will also have a veteran tackle who can play on either side of the line and Tyler Beach is coming back for a sixth season.