Bob Bostad expected to shift back to coach Wisconsin Badgers' offensive line after working with inside linebackers since 2017

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MADISON - Paul Chryst apparently didn’t have to look far for his new offensive line coach.

A qualified candidate familiar with the Wisconsin program and the personnel on both sides of the ball was already on staff.

Bob Bostad.

Sources familiar with the program told the Journal Sentinel that Bostad is expected to replace Joe Rudolph as offensive line coach.

Rudolph, who had been UW’s offensive line coach since 2015 and had worked with Chryst for the last 14 seasons, left recently to become the offensive line coach/run-game coordinator at Virginia Tech.

UW officials posted a job opening Wednesday night to fill the vacancy created by Rudolph's departure.

That position is for offensive coordinator, but sources told the Journal Sentinel that Chryst plans to remain heavily involved in the offense, which is not expected to undergo a major overhaul.

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Bostad recently completed his fifth season as UW's inside linebackers coach but built his coaching résumé on offense.

The veteran assistant has coached the offensive line at UW-Stevens Point, Cal State Northridge, San Jose State and New Mexico before coming to UW in 2006 as tight ends coach.

Bostad held that position for two seasons and then took over the offensive line in 2008 after Bob Palcic moved on.

Bostad served as UW's offensive line coach/run-game coordinator from 2008-11 and during that four-year run a total of 11 linemen received all-Big Ten honors.

That list included five first-team picks – tackle Gabe Carimi, guard John Moffitt, center Peter Konz, guard Kevin Zeitler and tackle Josh Oglesby.

Eight of the linemen became NFL draft picks, with Carimi, Zeitler and center Travis Frederick going in the first round.

Bostad also coached the offensive line with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-13) and Tennessee Titans (2014-15) before coaching fullbacks/tight ends at Northern Illinois in 2016.

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This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Bob Bostad expected to take over as Wisconsin offensive line coach

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