University of Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen has an opening to fill on his staff, only a week before the start of spring practices.

Jay Boulware, who was hired by Andersen on Jan. 8 to coach the tight ends and special teams, left on Friday to fill the same roles at Oklahoma.

He joins a lengthy list of coaches who switched jobs after only a few weeks during this offseason. has compiled a list of coaches who take one job, then leave in a matter of weeks for something else. Boulware was the 11th name added to the list.

He arrived at UW after spending four years at Auburn, where he also coached special teams and tight ends.

In a group media interview after he was hired, Boulware talked about his desire to coach in the Rose Bowl some day.

"It's an awesome opportunity," he said of coming to UW. "This is a great place, I've admired it from afar.

"Back in my days at Northern Illinois, we came up here to visit some of the coaches and talk some ball. Obviously, you can't help but watch Wisconsin play in Rose Bowls. I've never been in a Rose Bowl, one of the few BCS bowl games I haven't been to. I look forward to that opportunity."

The hiring of Boulware, 40, was announced in a release by Sooners coach Bob Stoops. No mention was made in the release of the seven weeks Boulware spent at UW.

"Jay owns an impressive track record as both a coach and recruiter," Stoops said in the release. "He possesses a wide range of coaching experience, competing in some of the nation's toughest conferences. He also has strong ties in the state of Texas, as well as recruiting relationships across the country that will serve us well at the University of Oklahoma. We enthusiastically welcome Jay back to his roots in the Big 12."

The Oklahoma release said Boulware was born in Oklahoma City, Okla. When he was hired by UW, he was reported to be from Irving, Texas, although it's unclear when he moved there.

In the release, Boulware gave no explanation for his decision to leave UW.

"I have the utmost respect for Coach Stoops and his program at the University of Oklahoma," he said in a statement. "To have a chance to join the Oklahoma staff is an unbelievable professional and personal opportunity. I'm looking forward to the start of spring practice and the chance to work with the talented student-athletes and coaches on OU's roster."

If Andersen does not choose to look elsewhere for a special teams coach, he has a highly qualified candidate already on his staff in secondary coach Bill Busch.

Busch spent the past two seasons at Utah State, under Andersen, as associate head coach, special teams coordinator and safeties coach.

After Boulware was hired at UW, Busch said he expected to play a significant role in special teams.

"That's something I'll be very involved in," Busch said. "I'll be a lead coach or do some parts of it. It's kind of one of those deals, it gets in your blood."

The Badgers start spring practices next Saturday.

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Don't these guys sign contracts?


I have a real problem with these schools that interfere with the contracts between other schools and their coaches. There is, in my opinion, a real ethical breach if not a legal breach. I would hope that the legal beagles that represent the UW would look into this kind of abuse. If the NCAA tolerates it, then they need to review their priorities as there needs to be real rules established to cut this crap out. No wonder the coach (who shall remain un-named but coaches at Ohio State) feels no ethical restraint in the way he interferes between schools and their prospects.


Yea a lateral move but if e doesn't want to be here then why keep him. Sucks because he seemed to be a great coach and special teams needed work.


Pretty strange deal. So where were you born??? Seems to me, moves like this by coaches will come back to bite them for future jobs.


.Will all the UW skeptics have the sky falling already??

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