Friday, January 6, 2012

Joe Rudolph to be added to Panthers staff

The raid of Wisconsin is complete as new Pitt  head coach Paul Chryst will now add Joe Rudolph to his staff, joining new offensive coordinator Bob Bostad and new defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable.  Rudolph was the tight end coach and recruiting coordinator for the Badgers and his recruiting skills, especially in PA, are considered excellent.

Rudolph is a big believer in summer camps where he can see the prospects perform against each other.  "The fact that you get to know someone and you're face to face an you're getting to know them and you see their level of competitiveness and you see what type of kid they are, you see how they react when things get hard.  I think that's invaluable, I think it really elevates someone when you have a chance to work with them one on one."

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema is obviously a big fan, or at least was.  "Obviously, you've got to have a great personality.  But simply being able to follow through and do things is important.  A lot of people talk about what they're going to do and never do it- Joe Rudolph does it every day.  It's just amazing to me how much of an effect he's had on us in recruiting."

Rudolph, 39, is a Belle Vernon, PA native who was a two time first team All-Big Ten offensive guard for Wisconsin.

38 comments:

  1. this is awesome. i think it goes without saying that this is a great hire.

    chris, do you know if he will also be pitts recruiting coordinator like he was at wisconsin?

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  2. Don't know yet. Either way, I'm sure he will be asked to be a big time recruiter. And what a lot of people don't know is that Bostad is a very good recruiter, too. And I would be surprised if Haering wasn't a good recruiter. And we don't even know who the rest of the staff are, and those are the guys who will probably be the young go getters on the recruiting circuit.

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  3. Wow.

    two weeks ago, if you told me that Pitt would basically snag all of the Wisconsin Offensive staff, I would have pffff'd at you...

    ...this is pretty surreal.

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  4. Four top assistants from the Big Ten champs. That's how you start a program.

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  5. Chris-I am becoming a bigger fan of yours everyday-You do excellent work! Kudos and Hail to Pitt !!!

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  6. I find it sweet irony that the guy Wiscy didn't really want to keep -- else, why did their AD call everybody in PA up to the governor asking Pitt to take him -- took at least two terrific assistants that Wiscy really wanted to keep.

    I'll ask the same rhetorical question: can this guy recruit? We know he can coach.

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  7. Sweeeeet...I didn't think it was going to happen. Heard rumors that he was going to stay on as the running backs coach.

    Imma Man....you're starting to sound like the PSU fans who still want Tom Bradley to be their HC. Get over it.....it's over....this is the best staff Pitt has had since Jackie Sherrill was here. Relax and enjoy....

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  8. Imma Man! Im 40: I don't agree with your assesment that just because Barry Alvarez called and recommended him that Wisconsin didn't "want to keep" Paul Chryst. I've seen lots of examples in the workplace where good managers try to help their quality employees excel and move on to better things in their career. My own A+ performers on my staff always know that they will recieve the highest recommendations from me in future job searches, and that I will support them even though it means I may have to replace them. So to say that Barry Alvarez's support for Chryst meant that Wisconsin didn't want him to stay may not be accurate. Just a thought.

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  9. Chris-I just went on the Wisconsin-Milwakee Jounal newspaper site and boy are the fans pissed. They really wanted Rudolph to stay and state that him leaving is a huge win for Pitt. They also think the Wisconsin Head Coach is in some trouble since 5 of his coaches have now left( 4 to Pitt and one to believe it or not Arizona State and Fruad Graham

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  10. Wisconsin knew Chryst wanted to be a HC and was ready to leave. He was not going to stick around much longer. So -- would they rather have him at Illinois, Penn State or Minnesota OR at Pitt?

    Smart move pushing him to the ACC rather than another B10+2 school.

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  11. Yeah, it's pretty clear that a lot of those guys on that staff were not enamored with Bielema, whose personality is, let's say, prickly.

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  12. Reply to Anonymous (friendly suggestion: pick a screen name?), "My own A+ performers on my staff always know that they will recieve the highest recommendations from me in future job searches."

    I agree, up to a point. But in this case, the "boss" was cold-calling anyone even remotely related to a distant cousin on the search committee. To me, that sends a totally different message. I know it wouldn't be good news if my boss were cold-calling every other engineering firm in town asking them to take me.

    Problem is, I don't know enough good things (yet) about Chryst to offset my one serious concern: it's disconcerting that Wiscy didn't use him for recruiting (as an OC in CFB, that's a potential red flag).

    But as long as somebody on staff recruits like a mutha, guess it really doesn't matter if Chryst is in Pgh or Paris or Pyongyang on signing day.

    And either way, it's a done deal. So now we can go back to our first love: bustin' on our incumbent startign QB.

    Hail to Pitt!

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  13. Either Chryst is the most lovable coach ever or Bielema's personality is very "prickly". One way or another looks like Pitt benefits. I'll take it.

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  14. I just read on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel blog that a QB recruit may have re-opened his recruitment and has contacted Chryst. The kids name is Bart Houston. Know anything about him? How realistic is it that Chryst etc. pull a few Wisconsin recruits?

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  15. I've read that there are questions about Coach Chryst's "shortcomings" regarding recruiting. But I've read a number of articles where it's been reported that he's spoken with Voytik, Bisnowaty and Holtz. So it appears that he's making the effort, despite having his hands full with UW's Rose Bowl game to keep him busy. With the coaching staff he's puttin in place it's looking promising that recruiting won't be a weakness.

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  16. Yeah, I heard about Bart Houston but I couldn't confirm it so I didn't say anything. He's a good prospect, though Voytik is better. As long as it doesn't cost them Voytik I would love to get Houston because the more options the better. Plus, the position needs a lot of depth.

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  17. By the way, I should add, however, that I doubt that Houston will change from Wisconsin.

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  18. Great, now everyone's leaving Wisky in a lurch, Bielema will be fired in three years and Chryst will take everyone back to Madison!! Should've hired Cristobol!! Ahahaha

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  19. Chris, I believe Houston was once an Iowa verbal but I'm not sure. I'd have to assume, though, that if he left Wisconsin then Pitt would be a viable option.

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  20. If he left Wisconsin, Pitt would be a good bet. As of now, though, I don't see him changing his mind. Bielema already met with him and smoothed things over.

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  21. Chris love the site!! I'm a new follower and love the material!

    Is there any current commits in this class that probably are not a good fit with this team. Maybe a small reciever or anybody else that was brought in to use in that "other guys" system!!

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  22. I don't see any bad fits with the current recruits. Of course there are now maybe too many small WRs but Chryst will find a way to work them in.

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  23. Where's all the talk on this blog that was going on right before Christmas about Chryst being another Paul Hackett, no recruiter, just another unproven o-coordinator, no personality? Boy how the tune has changed here. Where's everyone that was saying Chryst was bad hire or lesser hire than Cristobal? Where's all the Cristobal fans that were pouring on this site? Where did Cristobal get hired now that Pitt passed on him?

    I guess giving Chryst a little time to prove himself is paying off for Pitt program. I am glad to see that the mood has changed but I just hope the typical negativity doesn't rear its head during first game when the idiots start booing the guy for no reason. Give Chryst time to prove himself. I agree that he is putting together what appears to be a very solid staff. However, as a longtime Pitt fan, I am tired of all the noise and unfulfilled expectations. I am also tired of all the negativity surrounding the program. The only judge on all of this will be wins and losses. Everything else is just smoke or high-octane. Oh wait that was the other guy. Chryst deserves support of fans so let's give him his 3-4 years to recruit and develop program. I am glad to see Pitt fans excited about this guy. Despite its best efforts, Pitt looks like they put program on a track for success.

    Chris, any idea of budget Chryst has for assistants? Was it more or less than Wannstache or Graham? Thanks.

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  24. By the way, JP Holtz tweeted that he had a good meeting with Pitt coaches on Friday night.

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  25. anonymous (way too many of those here) i was one of the most vocal here that i think cristobal was a better coach for this team and i made no bones about it. still think he was the better man honestly. but he wasn't hired and i have been saying chryst is now the man and deserves a chance to prove himself. i'll support whoever is the coach at pitt since they are my team and don't want to see them fail. everyone deserves a chance and chryst will get that here. the proof is in the pudding and like you said the only way to judge him is on wins and losses. i hope he pans out and takes pitt to new heights. i like what he has been doing in talking to the recruits and in putting his staff together. he is doing well so far and i for one hope it continues and translates into winning football on the field.

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  26. BW,

    Very well stated. I too was a Cristobal fan, and felt he was the best candidate. Having said that, I like what I've seen of Coach Chryst so far, and as a Pitt fan, I want him to succeed.

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  27. I was Cristobal fan too but I'm drinking the Chryst Kool Aid now. He seems like he has his shit together and I have my doubts that Cristobal could have put together a better qualified staff. With this staff coming in and the recruits Dixon has coming in, the next couple years could be pretty fun.

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  28. This is my first post, but I became a Cristobal fan after Dokish's comments. Before that, Chryst was my number one. Ain't no tellin who my number one will be for next year's coaching search.

    Chryst has plusses where Cristobal had minuses, and vice versa. But I like the Chryst hire, and now that its done, I just want to get behind the team. I'm excited about next year.

    And I'm just relieved that "We Are Not..."

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  29. we are, other than no hc experience, what negative does Chryst have?

    Chris, I just read that Adam breneman loved psu's hire and that they are back in play for him. maybe psu's recruiting won't be as negatively affected as I thought. do you know of any other of their commitments that may end up at Pitt?

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  30. Chris

    So why is everyone saying Chryst is a bad recruiter? What is it based on and where did this info come from, or did one person report it and then everyone picked up on it and ran with it (which seems typical with lazy journalists and football analysts)? I talked with a an ex college lineman recently who said Chryst was an good recruiter and this talk was undeserved. He sure can recruit assistants.

    thanks

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  31. Great bowl game....I hope Chryst replaces everyone of these clowns soon....they never bothered to show up, especially the OL.

    Why is it that WVU can get up for bowl games year in and year out but Pitt can't? No wonder no Pitt fans bother to go to them. I feel sorry for the Pitt fans that made the trip...what an embarrassment.

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  32. I've personally talked to Wisconsin beat writers who said that he wasn't fond of recruiting and wasn't that great at it because he wasn't that fond of it. But that could be because most coordinators don't recruit a lot and he'd rather be game planning and coaching. Now that he's the head coach I'm sure he know how important it is to do a lot of recruiting himself and I'm sure he will step up his game accordingly. He's already got some good recruiters aiding him so I'm not that worried about him on the recruiting trail, at least at the moment.

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  33. Doke:

    Do you think there are any hard feelings on the part of Beilema about Chryst hiring away so many of his coaches? And do you think there might be any feeling of "what have I done?" on the part of Alvarez since he went out on a limb to help Chyrst land the Pitt job and then said Wisconsin was going to try very hard to hold on to its other coaches.

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  34. I don't know if there any hard feelings but you have to think they are shellshocked. I think it has to show Alvarez and Bielema where the allegiances of that Wisconsin team really were, and it was with Chryst.

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  35. with Bielema's demeanor and attitude he brought this on himself. that stuff works for awhile but it starts to wear thin on the folks that are around it every day. that stuff tends to push people away rather than draw folks towards it.

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  36. by the way this is the former BW commenting. figured i'd put the name to the posts.

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