After finishing his sixth season as an assistant coach at Wisconsin, offensive line coach Bob Bostad will accompany offensive coordinator Paul Chryst to Pittsburgh, sources indicated to Badger Nation Monday night.
Chryst was named the Panthers head coach last week and reportedly made offers to Bostad and tight end coach Joe Rudolph to join him on his first staff. It's expected that Bostad will be Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator while Rudolph will be promoted to Wisconsin's offensive coordinator.
The loss of Bostad is another big blow to Wisconsin's offense that enters the Rose Bowl averaging 44.2 points per game. Bostad has been UW's run game coordinator since February 2007 and the offensive line coach in January of 2008 after coaching tight ends his first two seasons.
Under Bostad's tutelage, UW's offensive line has become one of the preeminent position groups in the country. In the last two seasons, four different offensive linemen have earned first-team All-America honors. The Badgers have also dominated the All-Big Ten teams the last two seasons, placing six offensive linemen on all-conference teams a year ago and having five honored this season.
Before last year, the only time a pair of Badger offensive linemen earned first-team All-America honors in the same year was in 1920. UW has now done so two straight seasons. In 2010, tackle Gabe Carimi, the Outland Trophy winner, was a consensus All-American, while guard John Moffitt was first-team All-American by the Associated Press. This year, guard Kevin Zeilter and center Peter Konz were both first-team choices by the American Football Coaches Association.
For the first time in school history, Wisconsin has rushed for at least 3,000 yards in two-straight seasons. A year after finishing 12th in the country with 245.7 rushing yards per game, UW is 10th in the nation this season at 237.4 yards per game on the ground. After averaging 5.47 yards per carry in 2010, the Badgers are even better this season, averaging 5.48 yards per rush. The school record is 5.52 set in 1996.
This year, the line paved the way for Heisman Trophy finalist Montee Ball, who has scored 38 touchdowns on the season, just one shy of the NCAA record. Last year the Badgers nearly made history as they fell just four yards short of having three running backs run for at least 1,000 yards in the same season.
Wisconsin is one of just five teams in the country that has averaged at least 200.0 yards rushing per game in each of the last five seasons. The Badgers have led the Big Ten in rushing in each of the last four seasons. This year UW was one of the most balanced teams in the country and is on the verge of becoming just the second team in Big Ten history to pass for at least 3,000 yards and rush for at least 3,000 yards in the same season.
Prior to coming to Wisconsin, Bostad coached the offensive line at New Mexico from 1999-2005,was offensive line coach (1997-98) and offensive coordinator (1998) at San Jose State, coached the offensive line at Cal State Northridge in 1995-96 and spent three seasons (1992-94) as an offensive line graduate assistant at Minnesota under head coach Jim Wacker.
Bostad got his coaching start at his alma mater, UW-Stevens Point, where he coached the offensive line from 1990-91.