Report: Red Wings assistant coach Tony Granato to become head coach at University of Wisconsin
Reports have surfaced that Red Wings' assistant coach Tony Granato is to be announced as the next head coach for the University of Wisconsin's hockey program:
Multiple sources tell me Tony Granato will be the next Head Hockey Coach at Wisconsin. Brother Donny will likely join him on staff.— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) March 27, 2016
An article from USCHO branched out a little more on the report, stating that Tony Granato, along with his brother would be joining Wisconsin's program:
Sources indicated that Granato’s brother, Don, and former Badgers assistant and Ohio State head coach Mark Osiecki also appear to be part of the incoming Wisconsin coaching staff.
Don Granato is the coach of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, while Osiecki is associate coach with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. Both are also former Wisconsin players.
Granato played for three years at the University of Wisconsin, and after a complete slump in attendance, this appears to be a huge deal for the program. The question is, if Granato is interviewing for other jobs, what does this say about the current state of the Red Wings?
The ironic part of it all is that Granato will be replacing Mike Eaves, father of former Red Wing Patrick Eaves, who was fired earlier this season. Wisconsin has a thing for the Red Wings organization, apparently.