Badgers football: Bart Miller won't be part of new coach Gary Andersen's staff

2013-01-05T10:45:00Z 2013-07-17T17:22:16Z Badgers football: Bart Miller won't be part of new coach Gary Andersen's staffTOM MULHERN | Wisconsin State Journal | tmulhern@madison.com | 608-252-6169 madison.com

Bart Miller, who stepped in as interim offensive line coach at the University of Wisconsin two games into the season and supervised two of the best rushing days in the football program's history, won't be a part of new coach Gary Andersen's staff.

The development was disclosed by a UW source who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the move has not yet been announced.

UW athletic director Barry Alvarez had recommended Miller as the tight ends coach, one of two remaining open positions on Andersen's staff.

Miller said prior to the Rose Bowl, he wanted to stay.

The source said Miller has a couple interviews lined up but does not know yet where he will wind up.

Miller was promoted from graduate assistant when former Badgers coach Bret Bielema fired Mike Markuson following a woeful effort by the offensive line in a 10-7 loss at Oregon State in the second game of the season.

The unit showed steady progress before exploding against Purdue for 467 rushing yards in a 38-14 victory in which Montee Ball scored three touchdowns to become the Big Ten's all-time leader with 72 for his career.

Three games later, the Badgers blitzed Indiana for a school-record 564 rushing yards, the most by a Big Ten team since 1975 and tied for third-most by a conference squad since World War II.

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  1. Victor_Berger
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    Victor_Berger - January 10, 2013 10:43 pm
    Not a super classy move by new coach Gary Andersen. You;d think he could find something for the kid who saved the season to do. Hopefully, the collective recommendation of the entire UW family and the body of work that speaks for itself will get Bart Miller a good coaching gig.
  2. buckthorn
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    buckthorn - January 09, 2013 1:20 pm
    To label this as a mistake by Anderson is foolish. Although Miller certainly seemed to do a good job this year, he is still short on experience (he didn't even start the season as a coach), and Anderson knows plenty of experienced quality coaches out there that he can bring in and help the team. He's the coach, and it's his call. And did anyone notice that the fellow he brought in to coach the O-line is also a Bob Bostad protege? Finally, to label Miller a "budding star" is going a bit far, given that he's coached for only part of one season. I think Anderson knows what he's doing. Miller will be fine, and good luck to him.
  3. BabJ
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    BabJ - January 08, 2013 10:38 pm
    Bart Miller was one of the feel good highlights of the season. Gary Andersen is an idiot, this is the first mistake of many to come. Probably lost a few commitments on this AHole move.
  4. gorkazp
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    gorkazp - January 07, 2013 5:32 pm
    A coaching budding star and he is let go! does th new genious feel h can do better? this isthe Big Ten. results count and miller gave us just that.
  5. gorkazp
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    gorkazp - January 07, 2013 5:30 pm
    I'mafim believer that Wisconsin could have gotten a coach with more experience and a better win loss ecord, look at Ohio State and Michigan, and Wisconsin get some one with little experience and a losing record, something wrong with that picture.
  6. Lennyjoe
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    Lennyjoe - January 07, 2013 5:27 pm
    Andersen's first mistake.Miller is young ,aggressive,smart and can obviously coach.Good luck Bart.Your going to do fine.
  7. dashhandsome
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    dashhandsome - January 07, 2013 3:43 pm
    One of the brightest stars to come out of Camp Randall who didn't play ball there. Best of luck in your career and come back and beat us anytime you want (when you're "old" enough to be a head coach). :)
  8. Runrunrun
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    Runrunrun - January 05, 2013 8:18 am
    Great Job, sorry you will not be with the Badgers next year
  9. Bigtenwi
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    Bigtenwi - January 05, 2013 8:09 am
    will miss you miller... good luck where ever you land.
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