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Partridge leaves Pitt for Wisconsin

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Pitt lost another assistant coach today when special teams coordinator Charlie Partridge accepted a job as Wisconsin’s defensive line and specialists coach.

Partridge is the fifth assistant to leave Dave Wannstedt’s staff since the season ended, following defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads (Auburn), secondary coach Chris Ball (Washington State) and receivers coach Aubrey Hill (Miami). Offensive line coach Paul Dunn was fired and has since accepted a position with the Atlanta Falcons.

Partridge had coached Pitt’s defensive line, linebackers and special teams since joining the staff in 2003. He was the Panthers’ primary recruiter in Florida, and responsible for landing players such as promising defensive ends Greg Romeus and Jabaal Sheard.

“Charlie is an excellent young coach and I’m very appreciative of the contributions he made to our program,” Wannstedt said. “We certainly wish him and his family the very best in his new opportunity.”

Bob Junko, who had spent the past two seasons in an administrative role, is expected to rejoin the coaching staff.

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