Notre Dame football: About new offensive line coach Joe Rudolph

The press release hasn’t been sent yet but I’m willing to guess it’s saved as a draft in the Notre Dame football office.

 Joe Rudolph, who most recently worked as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Virginia Tech, is expected to be Notre Dame’s next offensive line coach.

Rudolph played at a Big Ten program before spending a couple of years in the NFL,

 and then ultimately getting into coaching.  Here’s a few fast facts about Rudolph ,

and why Notre Dame fans should feel confident that he’ll be a strong replacement for the recently retired Harry Hiestand.

1. Helped Wisconsin's Epic Program Turnaround It’s hard to think of Wisconsin football as a cellar-dweller in the Big Ten after the last 30 years, 

but from 1986-1990 they went just 10-46.  That included Barry Alvarez’s debut season when the Badgers went a woeful 1-10.

2. Brief NFL Career Rudolph went undrafted out of Wisconsin but did sign with the Philadelphia Eagles where he spent 1995.

  He spent 1996 out of the NFL before playing his second and final year in the league in 1997 with the San Francisco 49ers.

3. Coaching Start Came Under Ohio State Great Rudolph didn’t immediately get into coaching college football after his NFL career came to an end.  

It wasn’t until 2004 he began as a graduate assistant at Ohio State under head coach Jim Tressel.