Wisconsin assistant Chris Beatty interviews with ETSU; Will remain with Badgers

Wisconsin assistant Chris Beatty interviews with ETSU; Will remain with Badgers

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n March, Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen already navigated one potential staff turnover land mine when Jay Boulware left for Oklahoma. Now he’s narrowly averted another one.

In three seasons as head coach, Chris Beatty led  Landstown (Va.) High School to a 40-2 record and a 2004 state title.

In three seasons as head coach, Chris Beatty led Landstown (Va.) High School to a 40-2 record and a 2004 state title.

Chris Beatty, the Badgers’ receivers coach, recently interviewed for the vacant head coaching position at East Tennessee State.

Beatty played college ball at ETSU and his wife is from the area, but he’s decided to remain at Wisconsin.

“I just decided the timing wasn’t right,” he told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I was happy here and it would have taken a great job for me to leave.

“I think that is a great job but the timing isn’t a good fit for me right now.”

Beatty, a successful high school coach in Virginia and ex-Illinois offensive coordinator, joined Andersen’s staff in mid-February.

Andersen faced a similar situation when Boulware joined Bob Stoops’ staff just a week before the start of spring practice.

With most assistant openings filled and the new Wisconsin in the middle of prepping for spring practice, finding a good fit for to join the staff wasn’t easy. But Andersen snagged Jeff Genyk, an experienced coach with Big Ten ties, as a replacement.

ETSU decided earlier this year to resurrect a program shuttered in 2003 due to budget issues. The school hopes to have its position filled by June 15, and former Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer was hired as a special assistant to the athletic director to lead the charge.

According to Knoxville’s WVLT-TV, former North Carolina head coach Carl Torbush met with ETSU officials earlier this week and is the leading candidate. Torbush spent last season as defensive coordinator on Turner Gill’s staff at Liberty, but announced his retirement in February.

Florida State assistant Randy Sanders, a Tennessee native with long ties to the former Vols coach, said Tuesday that he had spoken to Fulmer about the ETSU job but was also not interested due to timing.

Photo: Lisa Billings/Associated Press

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