Bielema picks Partridge to lead defensive line

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has chosen former Wisconsin

assistant Charlie Partridge as defensive line coach.

In making the announcement on Saturday, Bielema says Partridge

has a strong recruiting background in Florida, which fits with

Bielema’s plan to expand Arkansas’ recruiting base.

Bielema left Wisconsin last week after seven years to lead the

Razorbacks. He and Partridge coached the Badgers together for five

years, a span which included three consecutive trips to the Rose

Bowl.

Before last season, Partridge was promoted to Wisconsin

associate head coach, co-defensive coordinator and defensive line

coach.

Bielema has hired Chris Ash from Wisconsin as defensive

coordinator. From Tennessee, Bielema hired Jim Chaney as offensive

coordinator, and offensive line coach Sam Pittman.

Partridge is remaining with Wisconsin through its appearance in

the Rose Bowl against Stanford.