Former University of Wisconsin wide receiver Manasseh Garner is going home, to Pittsburgh, where he will play for some familiar faces.

Garner is transferring to the University of Pittsburgh, in his hometown, and UW coach Bret Bielema is the one who facilitated it.

That's where former UW offensive coordinator Paul Chryst is the head coach, former UW tight ends coach Joe Rudolph is the offensive coordinator/tight ends coach and former UW linebackers coach Dave Huxtable is the defensive coordinator.

Some people might be surprised Bielema would help out Chryst, after he took three of Bielema's assistants with him when he left. Former UW offensive line coach Bob Bostad also went with Chryst before going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"Manasseh was maybe leaning toward some FCS schools," Bielema said after practice on Thursday. "We had a list; I think I released him to 15 schools. I sat down with him. I actually talked to coach Chryst, explained (to Garner), the best option in my opinion would be to go to a BCS school and sit out a year, get himself healthy and have two years to play. So, that's exactly what he's doing."

"He's got a baby back home; he's got some life issues," Bielema said. "Maybe to be closer to home will be a good thing for him."

Former UW defensive back Jameson Wright is looking at schools in his home state of Florida, Bielema said. Also, former UW quarterback Joe Brennan has decided on Towson, a Football Championship Subdivision school located in Maryland.

"The thing that I admire about these kids that are moving on, they see themselves in a situation they want to compete," Bielema said. "It's not like they are sitting here occupying space, getting an education. They want to get on the field and compete and I can't blame them for that."

You might also like

(3) comments


ahh, priorities: "It's not like they are sitting here occupying space, getting an education"


Good job Brett

once upon a badger
once upon a badger

things don't always work out. nice to see kids move on to what they see as a better situation. if manessah has anything to offer, PC will bring it out of him

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it clean. Exchange ideas and opinions on posted articles. Don't promote products or services, impersonate other site users, register multiple accounts, threaten or harass others, post vulgar, abusive, obscene or sexually oriented language. Don't post content that defames or degrades anyone. Don't repost copyrighted material; link to it. In other words, stick to the topic and play nice. Report abuses by clicking the button. Users who break the rules will be banned from commenting. We no longer issue warnings. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.