Monday, December 26, 2011

Bob Bostad- New Pitt Offensive Coordinator

According to sources close to the situation, Wisconsin offensive line coach Bob Bostad will join Paul Chryst's staff as the offensive coordinator.  Bostad was the offensive line coach for the Badgers for the last four years and he's considered one of the best offensive line coaches in the country.  In fact, over the last two seasons, four different Wisconsin linemen were named First Team All-American.  Prior to Wisconsin, the Wisconsin native coached at New Mexico and San Jose State, and was offensive coordinator at San Jose State in 1998.

While Bostad will officially be the offensive coordinator, it's safe to say that Chryst will still be heavily involved in the offense.  He is also expected to be the only member of the Wisconsin staff to join Chryst at Pitt.

13 comments:

  1. That was big in my opinion. In fact, I would say that might be the biggest get Chryst could get. Chris am I over doing it, but is this the most important get Chryst could have had.

    Excited for that. I think we might be headed int eh right direction

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  2. Has defensive coordinator been decided? I saw the various talk on your blog regarding Orlando but was not sure if that was official. To me, defensive coordinator will be most critical hire for Chryst to make. He will need to ensure that the improvement shown this year with personnel is continued and built upon.

    It is always positive that a co-worker at Wisky followed Chryst to Pitt. More evidence that Chryst provides tremendous upside for Pitt. Pitt's o-line has been struggling for many years. It seems every year it is patchwork with very little depth. Hopefully this will change not only with Bostad's credentials but also Chryst's understanding that strong o-line is most effective and gives him most options of letting him adapt system to skill players, which is his proclaimed strength.

    Speaking of o-line coaches, does anyone know where Tony Wise landed? Also, any potential PSU recruits Pitt could land because of Chryst, etc?

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  3. I'm sure Pitt will try for Eugene Lewis for sure, and maybe Nyeem Wartman, too. And I think they will already end up with JP Holtz.

    As for the DC, I heard he was going for Orlando and I don't know why Orlando would turn down Pitt to stay at FIU. But I guess we'll have to wait.

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  4. doke-do you anticipate state losing more recruits? how does a kid stay committed there? I think its six years before it gets cleared up.

    scoocher

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  5. I'm guessing a lot will have to do with who is there. For instance, if they can't find any big names that want the job they may be forced to stay with Tom Bradley. In that case I can see a lot of them staying. Otherwise, I can't see them being excited about bringing in the Harvard coach or Tommy Clements. It looks like the longer it takes and the more it sinks in, the more players are drifting. I wouldn't be surprised if Chryst calls Eugene Lewis immediately- maybe from the plane on the way to Pittsburgh.

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  6. Chris,

    Any chance that J.J. Denman reconsiders his commitment to Wisconsin now that Chryst and Bostad are coming to Pitt?

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  7. He's the #1 guy I wanted to see Chryst bring here from Wisconsin....Joe Rudolph being a close second.

    http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/rudolph_joe00.html

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  8. Too early to know about Denman but I wouldn't be surprised if Chryst and Bostad asked him if he wanted to make another switch.

    Can't go wrong with either Bostad or Rudolph, but Bostad has done more and is more experienced. Chryst needs that experience. Rudolph has the local connection and he is an excellent recruiter but I'm confident they will find somebody as else just as good.

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  9. Any chance they keep the current DC, Patterson?
    Now, I know we probably want to clean out the entire old coaching staff, ala Penn State, but, maybe this move makes sense. 1. Defense improved as the year went on(that has to be more contributed to Patterson than Graham, I would think) 2. If the defense improved, keep the continuity. 3. I know he is Graham's best friend, but, think about it. What better way to stick it to Graham than to show his best friend has more loyalty than Graham. 4. He said he wants to stay here because his daughter is here, well, see if is truthful or is just one of Graham's minions.

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  10. I like Patterson. He did a good job and he seems like a good guy. But I seriously doubt that he'll be back.

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  11. i have hard chryst is looking at jonathan smith to coach the QB what do you hear

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  12. Very possible. He was a grad assistant at Oregon State when Chryst was the OC.

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  13. This is another big get for the panthers. This team is setting up well for their move to the ACC. They have the talent next year to win the big east and really jump start the recruiting. Looking over their roster, they have the opportunity to put 5 players 6'6 and 325 on their line next year. They will have a bruising back in Shell who will jump in next year and get a lot of touches. They will have a dynamic running back in Graham. Look for Mark Myers to take over the QB position and for them to stretch the field. Mike Shannan will have a big season as will Hubie Graham. They have a lot of players returning from injury on defense and this team really has the parts with a good X and Os guy to win the Big East(not saying all that much) The biggest question will lie with the QB, as I said I think Myers has a shot to take over the play calling, but wouldn't be shocked to see Sunseri or even Voytik get time behind center. Who ever it will be, I think they will have an easier adjustment this year as they pound the ball on the ground.

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