With the departure of defensive coordinator Dave Doeren, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema has a decision to make regarding the next leader of the Badgers’ defense.
Defensive line / specialists coach Charlie Partridge or defensive backs coach Chris Ash will likely call the defense next beginning in the spring. The two coaches could end up as co-coordinators.
Ash explains,"Whatever coach Bielema decides, we'll make it work. We're not going anywhere. We're happy to be here. If he were to bring somebody else in, we'd make it work. But if he named me or Charlie, or co-(coordinators), we'll make it work.”
"This is our defense. It's not anyone (else's) defense. We know the defense inside and out. We can run it, we can call it. We'll make our normal offseason adjustments and changes we would normally make. If it came to (co-coordinators), business would roll as usual."
Doeren will serve as the defensive coordinator in the Rose Bowl against TCU before leaving for Northern Illinois as the head coach.
Wisconsin is a 2.5 point dog to TCU.