Big Ten: Kerry Cooks
Barring any late coaching changes, here's a look at who's gone, who's back and who's in new roles.
- Who's out: Mike Schultz (fired)
- Who's in: Paul Petrino (previously offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach at Arkansas)
- Who's out: Dan Disch and Curt Mallory both were demoted to position coaches. Disch is staying on staff as linebackers coach.
- Who's in: Vic Koenning (previously co-defensive coordinator at Kansas State)
- Who's out: Kurt Beathard (fired)
- Who's in: Jeff Brohm (previously quarterbacks coach at Florida Atlantic)
- Who's out: Jim Pry (fired)
- Who's in: Greg Nord (previously running backs coach/recruiting coordinator at Louisville)
- Who's out: Reggie Mitchell (left to become running backs coach/recruiting coordinator at Kansas)
- Who's in: DeAndre Smith (previously running backs coach at UNLV)
- Mallory left his position as secondary coach to become defensive coordinator at Akron.
- Special-teams coordinator Mike Woodford was fired along with Schultz, Beathard and Pry.
- Ron West was hired as a defensive assistant. His official responsibilities have not been announced.
Offensive line coach
- Who's out: Bobby Johnson (left to become assistant offensive line coach with the Buffalo Bills)
- Who's in: Myron "Mo" Moriarity (previously served as head coach at Carmel (Ind.) High School
No staff changes, but recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson was named tight ends coach. Wide receivers coach Erik Campbell previously had worked with the tight ends, while Johnson had helped Darrell Wilson with the linebackers.
- Who's out: Jay Hopson (left to become defensive coordinator at Memphis)
- Who's in: Quality control assistant Adam Braithwaite was promoted to outside linebackers/strong safeties coach. Defensive coordinator Greg Robinson will take a more active role with the linebackers in 2010.
- Secondary coach Tony Gibson will continue to work with cornerbacks and free safeties, and also serve as special-teams coordinator.
Running backs coach
- Who's out: Dan Enos (left to become head coach at Central Michigan)
- Who's in: Brad Salem (previously served as head coach at Augustana College)
Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
- Who's out: Jedd Fisch (left to become quarterbacks coach with the Seattle Seahawks)
- Who's in: Jeff Horton (previously served as quarterbacks coach with the Detroit Lions)
- Who's out: Richard Hightower (left to become assistant special-teams coach for the Washington Redskins)
- Who's in: Steve Watson (previously served as associate head coach with the Denver Broncos in 2008)
- Running backs coach Thomas Hammock was named co-offensive coordinator
No coaching changes
No coaching changes
No coaching changes
Defensive line coach
- Who's out: Terrell Williams (left to become defensive line coach at Texas A&M)
- Who's in: Gary Emanuel (previously served as defensive line coach at Rutgers). Emanuel also was named co-defensive coordinator with a focus on run defense.
Defensive backs coach
- Who's out: Kerry Cooks (left to become outside linebackers coach at Notre Dame)
- Who's in: Chris Ash (previously served as defensive backs coach/recruiting coordinator at Iowa State)
- Randall McCray, who served as Wisconsin's recruiting coordinator and assistant secondary coach, left to become defensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee. Wisconsin has yet to fill the vacancy.
Ash comes to Wisconsin from Iowa State, where he coached the secondary and served as recruiting coordinator. He has spent eight of the last 10 seasons at Iowa State, though he worked with Badgers defensive coordinator Dave Doeren and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge at Drake in 1996 to 1997. Ash actually succeeded Doeren as Drake's defensive coordinator after the 1997 season.
"I’m very excited to welcome Chris aboard," Bielema said in a statement. "He brings great knowledge and tremendous experience. I've known Chris for a long time and his familiarity not only with our staff but with our schemes will help in what I think will be a seamless transition for him and the rest of our coaches."
Ash's familiarity with both Doeren and Partridge, as well as his knowledge of Midwest recruiting, certainly helped his cause for the job. One potential red flag: Iowa State ranked 102nd nationally against the pass in 2009.
- Former Marshall head coach (and Ohio State D-coordinator) Mark Snyder interviews for the Michigan linebackers coach vacancy, annarbor.com's Dave Birkett writes. The Wolverines once again should have some interesting 11th-hour commitments, Josh Helmholdt writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Iowa's Norm Parker is the nation's top defensive coordinator, according to Rivals.com, while Big Ten players dominate the position rankings at linebacker and tight end. The Big Ten also features three of the top 10 head coaches.
- Wide receiver recruit Adrian Coxson decommitted from Penn State on Tuesday.
- Wisconsin should aim higher than a Big Ten title in 2010, Andy Baggot writes in the Wisconsin State Journal. Notre Dame's hiring of Badgers secondary coach Kerry Cooks is now official.
- Penn State will lean on running back Evan Royster this coming season, Mike Poorman writes at statecollege.com.
- Ohio State's Kurt Coleman and Jim Cordle are eager to showcase their skills at the NFL scouting combine, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Speaking of the weather, I cracked up when I saw there's a wind chill advisory and a freeze warning for Opa Locka, Fla., site of tonight's FedEx Orange Bowl matchup between No. 10 Iowa and No. 9 Georgia Tech (Fox, 8 p.m. ET). Apparently 40-degree temperatures scare people down there. As my buddy Nick P. likes to say, get tough. Anyway, Iowa certainly will feel right at home tonight, as temperatures will be between 45 degrees and 51 degrees during the game. Winds are at 10 mph. Though Georgia Tech is a running team, the weather probably favors Iowa. Wonder whether the Yellow Jackets will need sideline heaters like Miami in the Champs Sports Bowl.
- Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema has confirmed that secondary coach Kerry Cooks will leave to join Notre Dame's staff. Cooks is expected to oversee the linebackers at Notre Dame. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also reports that Badgers reserve running back Erik Smith will transfer, which isn't surprising considering the team's logjam in the backfield.
- Here's what Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez had to say about his new boss, Dave Brandon: "We are very excited that Dave will be leading our athletic department. He has been a successful leader in business, and I'm sure all of our teams will benefit from his experience."
- Will Penn State running back Evan Royster follow teammate Navorro Bowman to the NFL? The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Musselman thinks so.
- Several former Illinois assistants, including former head man Ron Turner, got the boot from the Chicago Bears today.
- Iowa needs to seize the opportunity against Georgia Tech because BCS bowls don't come every year, Mike Hlas writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. The Hawkeyes will have a tough time simulating Tech's triple option, Heather Dinich writes.
- Hawkeyes linebacker A.J. Edds might have a future in politics when he's done playing, Andy Hamilton writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
- There's no guarantee that Kevin Newsome will be Penn State's starting quarterback in 2010, Derek Levarse writes in the Times Leader. The Orlando Sentinel's Mike Bianchi takes city officials to task for the lousy field conditions in the Cap One Bowl.
- Wisconsin secondary coach Kerry Cooks likely is headed to Notre Dame, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Badgers add another solid recruit at running back, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.
- Michigan State's concerns will spill into the offseason, Eric Lacy writes in The Detroit News.
- Former Michigan wide receiver Braylon Edwards apparently isn't a Rich Rodriguez fan, Scott Bell writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- For Ohio State's returning players, the Rose Bowl win was just the beginning, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Official practice reports are few and far between in the Big Ten -- I'm definitely jealous of ACC blogger Heather Dinich -- but several teams put together some notes on the early workouts.
Here are a few tidbits from around the league.
WISCONSIN (Tuesday's practice)
- One notable thing from the position drills was the defensive backs were putting a lot of emphasis on catching whatever was thrown their way from assistants Randall McCray and Kerry Cooks. During one of the interception drills, if a player dropped a ball, they had to do push-ups, much like the wide receivers had to do during spring practice. I only noticed three players doing push-ups during the drill.
- After the position work, the Badgers broke down onto 7-on-7 drills and punters Brad Nortman and Ryan Wickesberg had the opportunity to punt in special teams work. Aaron Henry and David Gilreath worked as the punt returners and after that, the team did a tempo drill to work on getting substitutions from the sideline and in and out of the huddle at a fast pace.
- Offensive linemen Bill Nagy and John Moffitt were both kept out of practice today, but they were seen riding on the stationary bikes.
- Freshman wide receiver Kraig Appleton had a lot of throws coming his way, but the most impressive one came during the freshmen vs. freshmen drill. Jon Budmayr found Appleton, who was heavily defended at the sidelines, but caught the pass and broke the defense before going out of bounds.
- The passing game is coming along. Junior Hayo Carpenter showed some very sticky hands on a couple of passes that maybe shouldn't have been caught. One day after a dropped pass on what could have been a big gain, sophomore Brandon Green made a great diving catch along the far sideline for a 30-plus yard gain. Last but not least, in seven-on-seven drills, senior Eric Decker got free down a seam in the defense and out-ran the secondary to the end zone.
- Cornerback Traye Simmons had a big day defensively. Simmons put together quite a nice sequence late in practice, during some team scrimmage work. In the span of four plays, he tallied a pick and a pass break-up. Simmons grabbed the interception on a tipped ball and got the PBU by knocking away a pass that looked like it would surely come down in the hands of Decker.