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BREAKING: Northwestern parts ways with OL coach Kurt Anderson

The end of the N.W.O.

Northwestern Athletics

David Braun is making another shakeup to his offensive staff.

Offensive line coach Kurt Anderson will not return to Northwestern next season, Matt Fortuna announced.

Anderson has spent the last six years in Evanston, overseeing the O-line for the last five seasons. He is now the third offensive coach to be let go this offseason, as offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian and special teams coordinator/tight end coach Jeff Genyk are also moving on from the program.

Anderson’s time at NU brought high praise for the ‘Cats up front. The Wildcats had two offensive linemen taken in the first round of the NFL Draft, Peter Skoronski and Rashawn Slater. Slater was the first Wildcat to be selected in Round One since Luis Castillo in 2005, and Skoronski was the program’s highest-selected player since Chris Hinton in 1983.

Despite seeing individual success, it has not always been pretty for Anderson’s group. In 2023, Northwestern surrendered 51 sacks, the third-most across the FBS. Furthermore, the ‘Cats gave up five or more sacks in nine games this season.

Newly anointed offensive coordinator Zach Lujan’s scheme prides itself on stout pass and run blocking. The 28-year-old will now have the chance to work with Braun to make his first hire at NU.