Here is a little story about Bob Bostad leaving the staff. I know it is frustrating for Pitt fans to keep losing coaches and having these things happen but here are my thoughts - good riddance. You'd rather have this happen now than a year from now - find out the guys who want to be here and go from there. It is obviously a loss but given that Rudolph and Hueber have worked with Chryst, the offense will be fine and the transition will be fairly easy. Now Pitt needs to find a quarterbacks coach and a running backs coach but I don't think it is going to be that big of an issue. Tuesday we will get our first chance to sit down with Chryst and ask him many questions so it will be a very informative session.
But here is the story...
For the second time in two weeks, first-year Pitt footbal coach Paul Chryst has to replace an assistant coach as Bob Bostad, who was to serve as the Panthers offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, has been named the offensive line coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
As a result of Bostad's decision to leave the staff, Chryst has promoted Joe Rudolph to offensive coordinator and tight ends coach and Jim Hueber, who previously the tight ends coach, will coach the offensive line.
Chryst will now need to hire a quarterbacks coach - which was the job held by Rudolph - and is still looking for a running backs coach to replace Eddie Faulkner, who left Pitt's staff last week to join the staff at Wisconsin.
“Joe Rudolph and Jim Hueber will be tremendous assets in their new assignments,” Chryst said in a statement. “Joe and I worked closely on the offensive side of the ball at Wisconsin. He has a thorough knowledge of our systems and what we want to achieve offensively.
“Jim has coached some of the finest linemen in the game, pro and college. He is tremendously accomplished as a teacher of offensive line play, and his overall experience as a coach benefits our entire staff and program."
The transition of coordinator duties from Bostad to Rudolph, who is a Belle Vernon native, should be relatively smooth as Rudolph spent the past four seasons as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Wisconsin and worked under the direction of Chryst, who was the Badgers offensive coordinaotr.
And Hueber's move to offensive line coach is a logical one as that is the position he has coached most of his career.
In fact, in his last stop, Hueber served five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (2006-10) and helped tutor three Pro Bowlers while working with the offensive line. Prior to his NFL stint, Hueber spent 33 years in the collegiate ranks. He enjoyed an exceptional tenure at Wisconsin (1992-2005), where he produced some of the finest offensive fronts in the country.
The staff, with the new assignments, now looks like this:
Joe Rudolph: offensive coordinator, tight ends
Dave Huxtable: defensive coordinator
Inoke Breckterfield: defensive line
Bobby Engram: wide receivers
Matt House: secondary
Chris Haering: linebackers
Jim Hueber: offensive line