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.