Kurt Anderson is coming home.
The recent Arkansas offensive line coach for Bret Bielema and Chicago native is, according to FootballScoop, heading to join the staff at Northwestern in an off-the-field role as a quality control analyst. Given his area of expertise, it goes without saying he’ll probably be helping out longtime Wildcats offensive line coach Adam Cushing for the upcoming season and possibly beyond.
Anderson definitely knows the program and the area quite well having grown up in nearby Glenview, IL and playing in college at Michigan under Lloyd Carr, arriving in Ann Arbor just in time to see the Wolverines win the national title in 1997. He eventually was named an All-Big Ten honorable mention pick in 2001 as the team’s starting center and was later a graduate assistant for the program as well.
After stints at Indiana State and Eastern Michigan, Anderson later joined the Buffalo Bills organization and served as Rex Ryan’s offensive line coach in 2015. He was hired by Bielema at Arkansas in 2016 and despite some struggles up front the past few seasons, was still able to develop players like first-round pick Frank Ragnow.
Given a bit of a mismatch between background and offensive philosophy, it wasn’t too surprising to see Chad Morris not retain Anderson upon taking over with the Razorbacks but it certainly seems like the veteran OL coach landed on his feet in a place he knows how to call home.