Gary Andersen has been working hard to put together a solid coaching staff in his first few weeks as the new coach of the Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin won’t have to look any further for an experienced wide receivers coach because Andersenhired former Illinois Fighting Illini co-offensive coordinator Chris Beatty to fill that role Wednesday afternoon.
“I’d like to have this done in a week,” Andersen said on National Signing Day one week ago, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. “It’s been on hold long enough. We need to get somebody in here for these young men.”
Beatty spent last season with Illinois as part of Tim Beckman’s first staff. However, he was dismissed in January after the Illini finished with a 2-10 record (0-8 Big Ten) and ended with one of the nation’s worst offensive outputs.
Responsible for most of the team’s play-calling, Illinois placed 111th overall in passing yards per game (168.8), 99th in rushing (127.8) and had the NCAA’s third-worst scoring offense (16.7 points on average).
Don’t let these numbers fool you–calling plays isn’t what Beatty is known for. While with the Vanderbilt Commodores, West Virginia Mountaineers and Northern Illinois Huskies, he coached either receivers or running backs at all three schools and he was one of the best recruiters around.
This is something Wisconsin could use with new big-time coaches in the Big Ten reeling in all the top prospects in the area. Urban Meyer, Brady Hoke and Bo Pelini were three huge reasons why the Badgers weren’t in the top 35 for best recruiting classes for the class of 2013.
With Beatty’s hiring, Andersen’s first staff in Madison is complete. He will be a much-needed mentor for veteran receiver Jared Abbrederis and a slew of underclassmen.