New linebackers coach Dave Huxtable is schedule to arrive in Madison on Saturday and start working for the University of Wisconsin football team next week.
Here is some leftover stuff from my interview this week with Huxtable:
UW coach Bret Bielema has not talked about a specific recruiting area for Huxtable, who was at Central Florida the last seven years, including the last three as defensive coordinator.
Obviously, Huxtable could help out in Florida, where co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge currently recruits. It will be interesting to see what Bielema does with Partridge.
When Dave Doeren became the solo defensive coordinator following the firing of Mike Hankwitz after the 2007 season, Bielema slowly reduced Doeren's recruiting duties, eventually moving him out of Florida and into the St. Louis area.
If Bielema wants to reduce the load on Partridge, he could give Florida to Huxtable. But Huxtable's recent recruiting efforts have centered on Georgia and Atlanta and that could be an intriguing area for the Badgers, who have only sporadically taken players out of there. (One recent player who comes to mind is safety Roderick Rogers, from Stone Mountain, Ga.)
"Obviously, I've been down here in Florida for seven years and would be able to recruit Florida," Huxtable said. "But the majority of my recruiting time has been in Georgia, in the Atlanta area.
"I don't know exactly what Bret has in mind, but recruiting is all about building relationships and getting out and working the streets and work it hard. Whatever he decides to do with me in that capacity is yet to be seen."
Huxtable is known, among other things, for his enthusiasm and passion for coaching.
"I love the game of football and I love being around the players, getting a chance to affect their lives as people," he said. "I just love the teaching and the strategy, just being out there on the grass and coaching the great game of football."
When I asked if he really likes to liven up practice by belting out, "Who loves football?" he had a hearty laugh.
"I guess every once in a while, I let that slip out," he said. "Yeah, who loves football? We all love football. It's the greatest game on earth."
Huxtable had a lot of success the last three seasons as a defensive coordinator and admitted it won't be easy to leave his players.
"What makes it hard is the players," he said. "We have tremendous kids here. On the defensive side, they mean the world to me. That's the hard part for me is always leaving the players behind. They're tremendous people. They gave me everything they had and played hard and were really the magic that made everything what it is. That's the hard part for me."
Huxtable had good results with the players he had at Central Florida. His defense last season ranked eighth nationally in scoring (17.1 points per game), eighth against the run (108.4 yards per game), 15th in yards allowed (315.4 ypg) and 18th in pass efficiency (113.0 rating).
Now, he gets a chance, perhaps, to coach a slightly higher-caliber athlete. But he didn't want to take anything away from the defensive players he had at UCF.
"We have tremendous kids here and good players and good talent," he said. "They love playing football here. I know I'm going to see the same thing when I get up (to UW). They might be bigger and they may be a little faster and stronger there, but football is football. Wherever I get the opportunity to (coach), I'm going to do it with the same amount of energy and passion."