Monday, December 17, 2012
Badgers assistant Faulkner joins NC State
By Adam Rittenberg
Former Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema and former Badgers defensive coordinator Dave Doeren both are assembling new staffs at Arkansas and NC State, respectively.
Both men also are looking to their old stomping ground for quality assistants.
Bielema already has hired two Wisconsin assistants -- defensive coordinator Chris Ash and co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Charlie Partridge. Doeren added offensive coordinator Matt Canada during the weekend and swiped another assistant from a Badgers program still without a head coach.
Eddie Faulkner will join Doeren's staff at NC State as the team's tight ends/fullbacks coach and special teams coordinator. Faulkner, a former Wisconsin running back, spent just one season back at his alma mater coaching tight ends. Like Canada, Faulkner spent the 2011 season coaching for Doeren at Northern Illinois.
"He's a very detailed, ultra-organized, connected recruiter who also has great passion and pride for special teams performance," Doeren said in a prepared statement. "Eddie has coached on back-to-back conference championship staffs -- 2011 in the MAC and 2012 in the Big Ten with Wisconsin -- and has been on championship ball clubs as a player, an assistant coach and coordinator. He also has experience as a tailback in the Big Ten on a Rose Bowl team. I look forward to working with him again."
Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez expressed his disappointment Sunday in losing so many quality assistants in recent days. He didn't cite Bielema or Doeren by name but made it known he didn't appreciate coaches giving Wisconsin assistants short deadlines to make decisions on offers. The flip side of that is that both Bielema and Doeren are trying to assemble their staffs as quickly as possible.
Only three Wisconsin assistants haven't accepted offers elsewhere: running backs coach Thomas Hammock, who reportedly has an offer from Bielema at Arkansas; offensive line coach Bart Miller and secondary coach Ben Strickland.