Bostad bolts as Pitt assistant for NFL job

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For the second time in two weeks, first-year Pitt football coach Paul Chryst has to replace an assistant coach.

Bob Bostad, who was to serve as the Panthers offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, has been named the offensive line coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

As a result of Bostad's decision to leave the staff, Chryst has promoted Joe Rudolph to offensive coordinator and tight ends coach and Jim Hueber, who previously the tight ends coach, will coach the offensive line.

Chryst will now need to hire a quarterbacks coach -- the job Rudolph held -- and is still looking for a running backs coach to replace Eddie Faulkner, who left Pitt's staff last week to join the staff at Wisconsin.

"Joe Rudolph and Jim Hueber will be tremendous assets in their new assignments," Chryst said in a statement.

Chryst noted in the statement that he and Rudolph worked together coaching Wisconsin's offense -- experience that meant he could integrate himself quickly in his new assignment at Pitt.

Hueber's record working with linemen at the pro and college levels promise success coaching the offensive line at Pitt, Chryst said in the statement.

The transition of coordinator duties from Bostad to Rudolph, a Belle Vernon native, should be relatively smooth as Rudolph spent the past four seasons as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Wisconsin and worked under the direction of Chryst, who was the Badgers' offensive coordinator.

And Hueber's move to offensive line coach is a logical one as that is the position he has coached most of his career.

In his last stop, Hueber served five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (2006-10) and helped tutor three Pro Bowlers while working with the offensive line.

Before his NFL stint, Hueber spent 33 years in the collegiate ranks. He enjoyed an exceptional tenure at Wisconsin (1992-2005), where he produced some of the finest offensive fronts in the country.


Paul Zeise: pzeise@post-gazette.com and on Twitter @paulzeise.


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