Friday, January 6, 2012
Reports: UW losing Konz, maybe Rudolph
By Adam Rittenberg
After getting some good news Thursday on star running back Montee Ball, Wisconsin's personnel exodus is continuing.
Badgers star center Peter Konz will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft, the Wisconsin State Journal and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel are reporting. Wisconsin has yet to make a formal announcement, but it looks like Konz is gone, giving the Badgers three starting offensive linemen to replace.
Although Konz missed three games this season because of a dislocated ankle, he earned second-team All-America honors. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Konz as the nation's top junior center, and a source tells the State Journal that Konz "was rated very high" by the NFL draft advisory board. Konz started 31 games for the Badgers.
Wisconsin also could be losing yet another assistant, as Joe Rudolph reportedly is interviewing at Pitt today. Not sure why Rudolph would need to interview with his good friend Paul Chryst, the Panthers' new head coach and the former Badgers offensive coordinator. Rudolph recently was moved from tight ends coach to offensive line coach, but he might be angling for a position with a coordinator title in it.
The Badgers already have lost four assistants: Chryst, Bob Bostad, Dave Huxtable and DelVaughn Alexander. Bostad and Huxtable both are joining Chryst at Pitt, reportedly in coordinator roles.
Rudolph would be a significant loss for Wisconsin on the recruiting trail. He's one of the Big Ten's best recruiters and has helped Wisconsin upgrade its recruiting profile in Florida and other regions. Although coach Bret Bielema might want to hire a different offensive coordinator, he should try to hang onto Rudolph.
What a wild week in Madison.