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Mike Markuson 09102012

Badgers football coach Bret Bielema has fired offensive line coach Mike Markuson, center, just two games into his tenure at UW.

Badgers remove O-line coach Markuson

After two less-than-stellar offensive performances this season, the Badgers have released offensive line coach Mike Markuson, according to Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal.

The article cites a "difficult transition" as the cause for the move.

Offensive quality control coach Bart Miller is expected to be named as Markuson's replacement, according to the State Journal. Miller graduated from New Mexico University in 2007 and worked as a graduate assistant at New Mexico State last season before joining the Badgers in 2012.

The move comes after the Badgers managed a mere 35 yards on the ground in a 10-7 loss against Oregon St. this past weekend. In two games this season, Wisconsin has averaged just 101.5 rushing yards per game, good for 106th overall in the country- far below their usual standards.

Markuson was in his first year as the Badgers' offensive line coach after stints with Ole Miss, Arkansas and Boise State. Markuson replaced Bob Bostad, who left for Pittsburgh briefly before taking a job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL.

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