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Another day, another Badger assistant bolts

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Five times since the end of the 2011 regular season, a member of Bret Bielema‘s Wisconsin coaching staff has left for a job at another football program… whoops.

Make that six.

Kansas announced Thursday that it has hired DeMontie Cross to be the Jayhawks’ new linebackers coach.  Cross spent last season as UW’s special teams coordinator and safeties coach.  It was his one and only season with the Badgers.

Prior to his time in Madison, Cross was a position coach with the Buffalo Bills.  At the collegiate level, he’s also coached at Iowa State and Missouri among other stops.

With Cross’ hiring, head coach Charlie Weis has officially completed his first coaching staff at KU.  Cross’ departure also means Bielema still has four openings on his staff to fill.

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2 Responses to “Another day, another Badger assistant bolts”
  1. pack93z says: Jan 19, 2012 4:19 PM

    What you failed to mention in this post is that Bret actually called Weis and recommended Cross to him.. as a step up in his career.

    So with openings on his own staff, notably at LB coach as well, Bret recommended him to another program.

    So on could draw a couple conclusions like.. either Cross truly wanted out for some reason and Bret helped him or the Bret didn’t feel he was right for his staff.

    Long story short.. when you build a successful program people are going to get plucked out of the program along the way. DI tradition.

  2. thisiscrapthisiscrap says: Jan 19, 2012 8:06 PM

    You also could say that the Badgers had the worst special teams in the history of modern football. The more people that were involved in that abortion of unit that aren’t coming back is nothing but good news for Wisconsin.

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