Report: Cross leaves Badgers to join Kansas

Report: Cross leaves Badgers to join Kansas

Published Jan. 19, 2012 10:09 a.m. ET

MADISON, Wis. — The coaching carrousel involving Wisconsin's football program isn't finished spinning just yet.

Badgers special teams coordinator and safeties coach DeMontie Cross has accepted a position as linebackers coach at the University of Kansas under new head coach Charlie Weis, according to the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World.

Cross spent one season at Wisconsin. His previous five seasons were spent in various positions with the Buffalo Bills. He served as a defensive/special teams assistant in 2006 and was promoted to assistant linebackers coach/special teams for three seasons. In his final year with Buffalo, he was promoted again to coach the Bills' inside linebackers.

Cross has familiarity with the Big 12. From 2001-05, he worked at Iowa State as an outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.

The departure of Cross from Wisconsin marks the sixth assistant coach to leave the Badgers' program this offseason. Former offensive coordinator Paul Chryst accepted the head coaching position at the University of Pittsburgh and took with him tight ends coach Joe Rudolph, linebackers coach Dave Huxtable and offensive line coach Bob Bostad. Bostad reportedly will not stay at Pitt and instead has accepted a position with the Chicago Bears to be the team's offensive coordinator.

Former Badgers wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander left to take the same position at Arizona State.

Earlier this week, Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema announced that two of his coaching vacancies had been filled. Former Northern Illinois assistant Matt Canada will take over as Wisconsin's offensive coordinator, and former Western Kentucky assistant Zach Azzanni will become wide receivers coach.

Reports also indicate that Bielema is set to hire former Nevada defensive coordinator Andy Buh to be Wisconsin's linebackers coach. Bielema has said he likely won't officially name a new linebackers or tight ends coach until after recruits from the 2012 class sign National Letters on Intent on Feb. 1.

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