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Razorbacks add Partridge to staff

Wisconsin assistant coach Charlie Partridge is about to be reunited with two of his former bosses and at least two other former co-workers.

Charlie Partridge will work at Wisconsin through the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl before leaving to become the Hogs' defensive line coach.

Partridge, the Badgers’ co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach, has been named Arkansas’ defensive line coach. The hiring was announced in a press release sent out shortly before 6 p.m. Central on Saturday. Partridge will remain with Wisconsin through the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl.

He is the third member of head coach Bret Bielema’s Wisconsin staff to follow Bielema to Arkansas. Defensive coordinator Chris Ash and on-campus recruiting coordinator Chris Hauser have also been hired by Bielema and the UA.

Partridge, who’s been at Wisconsin for five seasons, also worked for Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long when Long was the AD at Pittsburgh.

“I am excited to welcome Charlie to our staff here at Arkansas,” Bielema said in the press release. “He brings a great amount of experience on the defensive side of the ball and in special teams, as well as a strong recruiting background in Florida. Charlie has been part of our staff for the last five years, and his knowledge of the way we run our program and specifically the defense will be valuable as we move forward in our transition. He will also be a key asset in developing our student-athletes.”

Partridge, 39, was not available for comment Saturday, but will speak to media members during a Sunday morning teleconference.

His title at Arkansas seems to indicate a change in the structuring of the staff. Under previous head coaches Bobby Petrino and John L. Smith, the Razorbacks had a defensive ends coach and a defensive tackles coach. Judging from his title, Partridge will handle the entire defensive line.

Wisconsin promoted Partridge to associate head coach, co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach before the 2011 season after serving as the Badgers’ defensive line and specialists coach.

His 2012 unit helped the Badgers win a third straight Big Ten title, ranking 13th nationally in total defense, 19th in scoring defense and 21st in rush defense. The Badgers also led the Big Ten and ranked third nationally with a three-and-out percentage of 41.72 and were third in the conference in sacks.

Before going to Wisconsin, Partridge spent five seasons at Pitt, coaching the defensive line and, in his final season, linebackers. He also served as special teams coordinator for two seasons.

The Plantation, Fla., native was an All-American defensive lineman at Drake and began his coaching career there as a graduate assistant in 1996-97.

The Partridge File

Birthdate: Dec. 7, 1973

Hometown: Plantation, Fla.

Family: Wife, Julie; Daughters, Alexa and Kylee

Bowl Games: Rose Bowl, 2013; Rose Bowl, 2012; Rose Bowl, 2011; Champs Sports Bowl, 2009; Champs Sports Bowl, 2008; Fiesta Bowl, 2004; Continental Tire Bowl, 2003; Independence Bowl, 2001; Bowl, 2000

Coaching history

Dec. 2012 Arkansas (Defensive Line)

2011-12 Wisconsin (Associate Head Coach/co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line)

2008-10 Wisconsin (Defensive Line/Specialists)

2007 University of Pittsburgh (Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers)

2006 University of Pittsburgh (Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Line)

2003-05 University of Pittsburgh (Defensive Line)

2002 Eastern Illinois (Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator)

2000-01 Iowa State (Director of Football Operations)

1998-99 Iowa State (Graduate Assistant-Defense)

1996-97 Drake (Graduate Assistant-Offense)

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