LOS ANGELES If Charlie Partridge had his druthers, he wouldn't be leaving the University of Wisconsin in four days time. But sometimes, reality crashes down on the best laid plans, and important decisions must be made for the benefit of a man and his family.
And so Partridge, the longest tenured assistant football coach at Wisconsin with five years on staff, will move with his wife, Julie, and two daughters to follow former Badgers coach Bret Bielema to Arkansas. Partridge's livelihood depends on it.
"At some point, an assistant is going to have a choice to hang on and hope or have a bird in the hand," Partridge said.
Partridge, like the eight other assistant coaches on Bielema's staff at Wisconsin, had to make that very same choice. Five others -- offensive coordinator Matt Canada, defensive coordinator Chris Ash, linebackers coach Andy Buh, wide receivers coach Matt Canada and tight ends coach Eddie Faulkner -- all accepted jobs elsewhere as the search to find the next Wiscons...