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Bielema to Arkansas?

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Posted: 12/4/2012 2:21 PM

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Ni bhionn an rath ach mar a mbionn an smacht.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 2:23 PM

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My phone literally shut down and broke when I read the news.
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Posted: 12/4/2012 2:40 PM

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So much for Wisconsin being a destination job.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 4:55 PM

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Embarrassing.
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Posted: 12/4/2012 5:24 PM

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It is the douchebag removal project and the big ten is working at getting rid of all douchebages.  Number one on the list is Bielema.  I was waiting until we played him next year and put a 60 on his squad.  That guy is a piece of garbage and now he is in the pig slop known as Arkansas.
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Posted: 12/4/2012 5:32 PM

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I am amazed.
Fitz is at NU for good, as is Ferentz at Iowa.
I think Hoke will stay at Michigan and Dantonio at Mich State.
Not sure any of the others are stable though.

If I were a recruit, I'd take note.
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Posted: 12/4/2012 7:25 PM

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Is he the first coach since Gary Barnett to leave a program for "better" gig??


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Posted: 12/5/2012 6:11 AM

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Don't know.

Do hear that some Wisky recruits considering leaving.  Would be interesting if any talk with Fitz.
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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:58 AM

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Regardless of what we think of Bielema, this is a serious loss for Wisconsin and a bit of an embarassment for the Big Ten. Arkansas is not a traditional power and has nothing to offer besides being in the SEC (new at that) and being the only show in town. Madison may not be many peoples' ideal location, but it is a decent-sized city with a lively academic,political, and artistic culture, nice residences, some good restaurants, and a great game-day environment. I once had business in Fayetteville and honestly think it offers none of the above. I spent three days there and it seemed like a month. People talked about quilting and home-made pies like they were the greatest two things on earth. As for the football program at UW, Bielema will be missed. That program was nothing from the time Milt Bruhn left in the early '60s until Dave McClain came in the late '70s. Still, it never exceeded mediocrity until Alvarez took over. Bielema continued, arguably enhanced, the stature of the program after Alvarez left to be AD. It is hard for any program to make three great successive hires. Look at OSU, Michigan, Alabama, USC, and ND - each has had bad head coaching hires send its program into the second tier for years at a time. Once down, it is not always easy to get back up. UW needs to be very selective here and it may have trouble going forward.
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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:45 AM

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AgingBooster wrote: Regardless of what we think of Bielema, this is a serious loss for Wisconsin and a bit of an embarassment for the Big Ten. Arkansas is not a traditional power and has nothing to offer besides being in the SEC (new at that) and being the only show in town. Madison may not be many peoples' ideal location, but it is a decent-sized city with a lively academic,political, and artistic culture, nice residences, some good restaurants, and a great game-day environment. I once had business in Fayetteville and honestly think it offers none of the above. I spent three days there and it seemed like a month. People talked about quilting and home-made pies like they were the greatest two things on earth. As for the football program at UW, Bielema will be missed. That program was nothing from the time Milt Bruhn left in the early '60s until Dave McClain came in the late '70s. Still, it never exceeded mediocrity until Alvarez took over. Bielema continued, arguably enhanced, the stature of the program after Alvarez left to be AD. It is hard for any program to make three great successive hires. Look at OSU, Michigan, Alabama, USC, and ND - each has had bad head coaching hires send its program into the second tier for years at a time. Once down, it is not always easy to get back up. UW needs to be very selective here and it may have trouble going forward.
Great Post!!

Comment:  I know its conventional wisdom, but I really don't see this as a huge embarrassment for the conference. I see it more as a personal decision that BB chose to make---for whatever reasons.  Actually, its almost a plus for the conference as Arky looked to Big 10 coach to make them competitive.
Its not an "obvious" fit.  Remember a few years ago when Dana Altman appeared at Arky press conference and did that annoying "sueeee" thing.  He backtracked within 24 hours.

Question:  Are Arkansas's admission requirements for athlete's appreciably lower than Wisconsin's?  I know they are for general enrollment--but wondered about athletics. On another board it was suggested that he might be able to enroll better talent at Arkansas-----just don't know whether this is the case?
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