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I'm an LSU guy, so I'm not sure what all went down with Markuson, but I'll add this to the discussion:
1) Markuson's track record for producing very strong run-blocking offensive lines speaks for itself. Arkansas never raked in highly rated OL recruits, but those teams could always run the ball. The same was true at Ole Miss. He not only produced strong run-blocking units, but he also turned a number of guys that are very good NFL players (Michael Oher and Jason Peters both come to mind).
2) I saw in this discussion that Wisconsin changed some of their blocking schemes to mesh with what Markuson does. If so, that's on Bielema, not Markuson. The blocking scheme is never dictated by who the OL coach is. That's always a HC > OC > OL Coach > OL chain of decision making.
3) This sounds like Bielema lost his offensive identity when Chryst and the old OL coach left. It reminds me a lot of when Les Miles (offensive coach) lost Bo Pelini as DC after the 2007 season. That's not Miles' strong suit and that unit suffered in 2008. Miles then added John Chavis in 2009, who brought in a few guys familiar with his system and the defense has been strong since. Hopefully for you guys, your offensive woes are a 1-year thing. Even if it is, you should still watch out for more coaching attrition between now and next year, including the OC.
Just a few thoughts as an outsider. I'm very surprised by this because Markuson is someone I've considered one of the best in the business for a long time.
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