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UW football: Source says Bostad leaving with Chryst

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Bob Bostad, UW football vs. UNLV

UW offensive line coach and running game coordinator Bob Bostad runs off the field at halftime of the Badgers' 2010 season opener at UNLV.

LOS ANGELES — University of Wisconsin offensive line coach Bob Bostad will be joining offensive coordinator Paul Chryst at Pittsburgh, a source told the State Journal on Monday night.

While that’s a big loss for the Badgers, it’s not the mass exodus some had feared.

UW coach Bret Bielema confirmed after the team arrived here on Monday that only one coach is leaving with Chryst, but declined to name which one.

A source previously told the State Journal that Chryst had contacted three assistants about going with him: linebackers coach Dave Huxtable, tight ends coach Joe Rudolph and Bostad.

The source said Huxtable was still a possibility, but Bielema might have just firmed up that situation.

“The last 48 hours have been all of that stuff going on,” Bielema said. “It was a good break for our players, because there were some things that needed to get sorted out.

“I know what’s going to happen. I don’t want to release anything. … Definitely going to be transition on my side.”

Bielema was asked if he planned to wait until after the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2 to make the announcement.

“I haven’t talked to those guys specifically,” he said. “It’s just one other guy.”

The departure of Bostad would make it seem likely Rudolph will be the new offensive coordinator. Bielema has said repeatedly he plans to promote someone from within to take Chryst’s place.

Bostad’s departure is a significant loss. The offensive line has been outstanding under his tutelage, especially the last two seasons.

The Badgers had two All-Americans last season in left tackle Gabe Carimi and left guard John Moffitt, and that duo joined Bill Nagy as rookie starters in the NFL this season. The Badgers’ line last season was considered to be one of the best in school history.

UW had two All-Americans again this year in right guard Kevin Zeitler and center Peter Konz.

Bielema said he talked to UW athletic director Barry Alvarez and other coaches who said he should try to limit the assistants who leave.

“I don’t want to limit my guys, if you don’t want to be here, if you want to try another opportunity,” Bielema said.

Still, despite the impact of losing two of the top offensive assistants in the nation at their respective positions, Bielema expressed confidence the impact would not be too severe on the program.

“I really don’t think it’s going to be a difficult factor for me, the players or the coaches,” he said.

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