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Bostad, Voytik staying put | January

BBostadUWSome scary news rumors yesterday that Bob Bostad, Pitt's new offensive coordinator and offensive line guru, was off to the NFL. More specifically, the Chicago Bears, where he allegedly has a relationship with Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice (Tice's son played under Bostad at Wisconsin, but Tice is reportedly interviewing with the Oakland Raiders anyway).

Luckily, that appears to be untrue, although the paper's use of a single source from Pitt isn't as reassuring as it could be. For what it's worth, the originally reporter is standing by that it could happen (via CBS Radio Chicago):

After talking to sources from both the Bears and the Wisconsin Badgers — where Bostad was the offensive line coach before leaving for Pitt three weeks ago — I can tell you Bostad to the Bears is not a done deal, but it is a possibility.

One of the biggest issues is Bostad’s friendship and loyalty to Pitt head coach Paul Chryst, who was the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin before taking over at Pitt in December. Bostad took the jump with him, which was hardly a surprise because the two have long been considered a duo when in the mix for other jobs. For instance, when Chryst was offered the Texas offensive coordinator job last year, Bostad was expected to come with as the offensive line coach. Instead, both stayed at Wisconsin.

It could still happen, but color me skeptical. The aforementioned close friendship is one aspect to consider. Bostad's position with Pitt - which will likely lead to a head coaching gig if successful - is another. Going from OC to to a position coach is a downgrade, even if it's more money in the NFL.

In funner (it's a word!) news, Penn State tried to poach 2012 QB commit Chad Voytik (via the Trib):

"He thanked him for calling, but he wants to go to Pitt," [Chad's father] Gary Voytik said. "O'Brien said he looked at some of his tapes and wanted to offer him, but Chad remains committed to Pitt."

Anything can happen before signing day, but Voytik has been one of the pillars holding this recruiting class up. I'd be shocked if he flipped at this point.

I can't wait to find out why Penn State didn't really want him after all....