Saturday, January 21, 2012
Badgers hire Markuson as O-line coach
By Adam Rittenberg
Wisconsin on Saturday announced the hiring of Mike Markuson as offensive line coach.
Markuson, who has coached Mississippi's offensive line since 2008, replaces Bob Bostad, who left earlier this month to become Pitt's offensive coordinator. Markuson has spent the past 14 seasons coaching offensive line in the SEC at Mississippi and Arkansas, but he's a Minnesota native who worked with former Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez at Notre Dame in 1989.
"Mike brings experience of having success at the highest levels of college football," Bielema said in a statement. "The production of his offensive line units and the offenses he has been associated with is very impressive. He has coached a number of players who have earned national honors and gone on to the NFL. Being from Minnesota, he brings the Midwest values that we're looking for and he’s very excited about the opportunity to be the offensive line coach at the University of Wisconsin."
Bielema told me Thursday his four new offensive assistants would come from different regions of the country. New coordinator Matt Canada comes to Wisconsin from Northern Illinois, while receivers coach Zach Azzanni comes from Western Kentucky. All three new offensive assistants have been coordinators or co-coordinators, as Markuson held the title at Mississippi, Boise State and Alabama A&M.
Despite Mississippi's struggles in 2011, Markuson brings a strong track record to Wisconsin. Arkansas ran the ball well during his tenure, and Mississippi also had success from 2008-10.
"I'm very thankful to two people, Coach Bielema and Coach Alvarez," Markuson said in a statement. "I go back with Coach Alvarez to 1989 when I was a graduate assistant at Notre Dame and when I was interested in the job, I had Coach [Houston] Nutt call him and that really got the ball rolling. Coach Bielema has taken the reigns from Coach Alvarez and really continued the tradition of success at Wisconsin and I'm just so excited to be a part of it."
Although Wisconsin has officially announced three new coaches, another is on the way as Nevada defensive coordinator Andy Buh will become the Badgers' new linebackers coach. Nevada head coach Chris Ault confirmed Buh's departure to the Reno Gazette-Journal.