Badgers assistant McCray leaves for MT

Wisconsin assistant coach Randall McCray has left to become the defensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee.

McCray coached several positions in four years with the Badgers, including outside linebacker and safety, but his larger role was serving as the team's recruiting coordinator for the last two seasons. Wisconsin brought in two very solid classes during McCray's watch.

This move isn't a major surprise after Wisconsin hired Iowa State assistant Chris Ash as its new secondary coach last week. Ash had been Iowa State's recruiting coordinator, so don't be surprised if he takes on the same role with the Badgers.

It will be interesting to see how head coach Bret Bielema goes about filling this vacancy. He could hire someone in a similar role to McCray, or enhance the coaching for another position group. Coordinators Paul Chryst (quarterbacks) and Dave Doeren (linebackers) both handle position groups.