After leaving his job as Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator to become the head coach at Pittsburgh, Paul Chryst brought a trio of Badger assistants along with him to fill out his first Panther coaching staff.
Now, Chryst has landed one of his former skill players as well.
UW head coach Bret Bielema confirmed Thursday that wide receiver Manasseh Garner has decided to leave his football program and will transfer to Pitt. Garner is a Pittsburgh native and wanted to be closer to his family, which includes a young child.
And, it was Bielema who seemingly pushed the player toward a reunion with his former coordinator.
“Manasseh was maybe leaning toward some FCS schools,” Bielema said after practice on Thursday. “We had a list; I think I released him to 15 schools. I sat down with him. I actually talked to coach Chryst, explained (to Garner), the best option in my opinion would be to go to a BCS school and sit out a year, get himself healthy and have two years to play. So, that’s exactly what he’s doing.
“He’s got a baby back home; he’s got some life issues. Maybe to be closer to home will be a good thing for him.”
Since coming to Madison as a three-star member of UW’s 2010 recruiting class, Garner had totaled two receptions for 45 yards. He will be forced to sit out the 2012 season.
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