Out with the Toad, In with the Coup

By Kyle Rowland on December 6, 2012 at 10:00a
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In less than 24 hours, the Big Ten lost the head coach from one of its premier teams and gained one of the country's biggest up-and-comers. Bret Bielema and Darell Hazell's comings and goings were at complete opposite ends of the spectrum. Bielema’s departure from Wisconsin stunned the college football world. How could the head coach from the three-time defending Big Ten champions leave for a middle-of-the-road SEC team? The ultimate answer was money – Bielema will be paid $3.2 million annually and be the 10th-highest paid coach in the country.

Bielema's departure will alter the Big Ten landscape (slightly).

But a closer examination at Bielema’s overall body of work at Wisconsin gives way to holes in his perceived impressive resume. While the Badgers have won three consecutive conference titles, they were only 6-6 against ranked opponents during those seasons. The third title, in 2012, also came with an asterisk the size of the Empire State Building.

Wisconsin actually finished third in the Leaders Division this season, but benefitted from Ohio State and Penn State’s NCAA sanctions. Both the Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions defeated Wisconsin. In fact, Bielema was just 1-5 against Ohio State, the team he loved to hate, during his seven years in Madison.

During the summer of 2011, Bielema expressed his disappointment in Terrelle Pryor’s absence from the Buckeyes. During the 2010 season, Wisconsin upset No. 1 Ohio State and Pryor spouted off after the game, saying Ohio State would win nine out of 10 games against the Badgers.

“There wasn’t any question who won that football game,” Bielema said. “The only bad thing about Terrelle leaving is the week after he called it a fluke, they’d beat us nine out of 10 games. So we really wanted to play that game against him. Unfortunately, we won't. But our kids know what they did last year.”

Ironically, it was a freshman named Braxton Miller who would defeat a highly ranked Wisconsin team that fall.

It was in February when Bielema tweaked Meyer for what he viewed as recruiting irregularities. During that same time, Bielema infamously said, “We at the Big Ten don’t want to be like the SEC, in any way, shape or form.”

So now he joins the most competitive division in sports – the SEC West. If Bielema thought going up against Urban Meyer and the rest of the Big Ten was tough, he ought to enjoy recruiting battles against Nick Saban, Les Miles and the rest of the SEC.

“I can’t wait to stand in front of you and be the favorite,” Bielema said at his introductory press conference in Fayetteville. “Right now we’re going to embrace being the underdog. We’re going to throw two arms around it, we’re gonna kiss it and make it feel good.

“I’m not going to promise you anything. I will tell you I’m here because I want to give you something you’ve never had.”

Could former Buckeye assistants be targeted by Hazell?

Six of the top 10 teams in the current Associated Press Top 25 are from the SEC and three of the top 9 are SEC West members. Bielema’s career record against top-10 teams: 3-7. When you include the entire Top 25 that number improved but it still lagged below .500 at 11-14.

Bowl games, which are generally played against quality opponents, were not Bielema’s strong suit. He was 2-4 overall and lost both BCS games. Against Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Michigan State, Iowa and Nebraska, generally considered the upper-half of the conference, Wisconsin was 15-16 under Bielema. The Badgers' overall Big Ten record was 37-19.

Ohio State fans are eager to send Bielema packing, but they are losing a rivalry that has been building over the past decade. Bielema wasn’t shy with his words or afraid to prod Meyer. The most likely replacement at Wisconsin is former offensive coordinator and current Pitt head coach Paul Chryst, and chances are he won’t bring the same brashness to Madison.

Bielema’s exit is similar to that of USC head coach Lane Kiffin, when he left Tennessee for the West Coast. For one year, he pestered Meyer, then at Florida, before deciding to hit the road.

Now a program that has been a model of consistency since Barry Alvarez became head coach in 1990 is left reeling and wondering what just hit them.

Going through a different set of emotions is Purdue. The final years of the Joe Tiller era were lean followed by the disastrous four-year tenure of Danny Hope, who inexplicably beat Ohio State twice.

Now the Boilermakers have a young coach that appears to be primed for success in big-time college football. Hazell has spent the past two seasons at Kent State, arguably the worst program in Division I, and managed to turn the Golden Flashes into a MAC juggernaut. Kent State was one win away from playing in the Orange Bowl this season. Go ahead, take a minute to process that.

The former Ohio State assistant had a 16-9 record, including 15-3 in his final 18 games. Kent State was just 1-6 after the first seven games of Hazell’s career.

Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke had his eye on an offensive coach, and that’s exactly what he found. Hazell has spent his career working with wide receivers, a position that’s been spotlighted in Purdue’s basketball-on-grass offense.

He also carries all the traits one would want in a head coach. Hazell is smart, personable, well-liked by his players, no-nonsense but not a drill sergeant and a master tactician when it comes to planning and organization. He’s also charismatic, a characteristic that will work well on the recruiting trail and with donors. All told, Hazell is extremely similar to his former boss at Ohio State, Jim Tressel.

Meyer will take on all comers. 

Burke actually said he spoke with Tressel during the coaching search and said conversations with the former head coach were a reassuring force.

“I had a considerable discussion on two occasions with Jim,” Burke said. “I’ve known Jim Tressel for a long time, and I admire him for the many great things that he’s done in his career. He knows Purdue.

“He just said that this is the perfect spot for Darrell. He gets the work ethic, and he went on and on and gave me some great examples. He was helpful.”

Hazell now joins Michigan State's Mark Dantonio and Illinois' Tim Beckman as former Tressel assistants who are head coaches in the Big Ten. Both Wisconsin and Purdue’s opening could have an even bigger impact on Ohio State.

If Chryst leaves for Wisconsin, will defensive coordinator Luke Fickell, who interviewed for the Pitt job last season, be a candidate again? Will Fickell or any other Buckeye assistants be candidates at Kent State? And would any of them leave for jobs at Purdue?

Fickell is being paid $750,000 by Ohio State, while Hazell made just $300,000 as the head coach at Kent State, so if Fickell leaves for Northeast Ohio, he would likely be taking a massive pay cut.

But what about former defensive coaches Jim Heacock, Paul Haynes and Taver Johnson? Heacock, the Buckeyes’ former defensive coordinator, took the year off. Haynes was the defensive coordinator at Arkansas and Johnson was the Razorbacks’ linebackers coach. Bielema isn’t expected to retain either. One former Buckeye expected to make the trek to West Lafayette with Hazell is Marcus Freeman, Kent State’s linebackers coach.

It would make sense for Hazell to target the former coaches for several reasons: past working relationships, familiarity with the Big Ten and an idea of what type of player to recruit.

Ohio State is still the class of its division and the Big Ten, but the past two days offered a considerable shakeup. Wisconsin, the Buckeyes’ chief competition in the Leaders Division, is trending down during a time period in which Penn State, No. 2 on the pecking order, is in the midst of severe scholarship reductions. Meanwhile, Illinois nearly fired Beckman after his first season, and improvements or not, the chances of Indiana becoming a viable threat under Kevin Wilson are slim.

That leaves Purdue – who knows about expansion and the future divisional lineup – as Ohio State’s Indianapolis roadblock.

“We (hired Hazell) because we want to get back to Pasadena,” Burke said.

That journey west starts in the East – much like Christopher Columbus’s voyage, ironically – in Columbus, Ohio.

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andretolstoy's picture

Ouch! Hazell to Purdue that one shocked me more than Bielema. Man I thought he was one of OState's potential futures....

Timotheos's picture

Purdue, a great hire. (Crossing fingers hoping this year's assistants for the Bucks stay.) Arkansas, not that much. Do they know something we don't?

andretolstoy's picture

I don't understand the premise that our assistants would leave for Purdue. They may leave for the up and coming, but why Purude?

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Hazell has a chance to come in on the ground floor and rebuild the program the way he sees fit. Purdue cleaned house. Judging by the $$$ they gave him they must think he can do the job. A lot of coaches like being able to put their own stamp on everything. Like Coach Meyer does.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Doc's picture

What's Hazell making at Purdont?  I'm sure it is a pay raise from the $300k at Kent.

"Say my name."

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

They're saying its $2M a year for 6 years ($12M total)

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Timotheos's picture

If a position coach has the opportunity to be a coordinator, I can see it.

rdubs's picture

I kind of wish Chryst were headed to Wisky (Mark May headsplosion), but it is looking less likely to me now.  I hope whoever they get maintains the relatively high standards of his predesessors.  We need a good Wisky (and it makes hating and beating them more fun).

yrro's picture

Completely agree. I love Wisconsin's brand of smash-mouth football. The variety of seeing that one week and the spread the next is what makes college football great.
We need to be tested every season, and Wisconsin has provided many of those close games.

Enzo's picture

I watched the Arakansas press conference where they introduced Bert. They did what has to be the most uncomfortable, akward pig calling thing with Bert barely knowing the 3 words required.
The chant is just awful.
I give him 2 years.

btalbert25's picture

I love when he said the opportunity to coach in the SEC was something he just couldn't pass up lol.  What a twatwaffle!

tennbuckeye19's picture

I believe he said he has "always" wanted to coach in the SEC.

Nappy's picture

Just an FYI, if you use the word twatwaffle in a sentence, I'm obligated to upvote it.

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btalbert25's picture

I used to say douchebag a lot, but it's not as cool now that you hear it all the time, even on sitcoms.  I don't think you'll ever hear Twatwaffle on How I Met Your Mother.

tennbuckeye19's picture

With or without maple syrup?
 

hodge's picture

I mentioned this in yesterday's poll, but it also makes sense here:
Bielema embodies the mortality of Tresselball.  If you put him up against an inferior team, he'll win that game 99 times out of 100.  He simply banks on his offense overwhelming defenses to the point of absolute futility.  Against weaker opponents, you can do this pretty handily; when you play tougher ones, the task becomes much more difficult.
Tressel was able to overcome these limitations (or at least extensively mitigate them) in two ways: (1) building OSU into a juggernaut program, and virtually having pick-of-the-litter with the elite recruits within our talent-laden state (with Tresselball, when you have better athletes you'll normally win); and (2) being an exceptionally gifted game manager.  Though his tendencies were conservative, Tressel rarely made those game-defining, momentum-turning blunders like so many of his contemporaries are so apt at achieving.  He took an unsustainable system, and made it perform far better than its tenants would have indicated.
The bottom line here is that Bielema has neither the talent, record, nor name to pull in the top-tier talent sitting in his back yard (though his system may appeal to some RBs and OLs, see Altee Tenpenny), indicating a clear "talent" disadvantage for him.  When you couple this with his lack of elite game managing skills (punting from OSU's 30? C'mon man!), he's walking into a bad place in Arkansas.  They're going to pay him well, but I don't think his system will be advantageous enough to turn the corner in the SEC West; especially considering the fact that the majority of his division plays a similar, power-I offense (except Auburn, where I excpect Gus Malzahn to make some waves early and often, and A & M, who's already made a splash).  His teams won't be upset a lot, but make no mistake--he'll be Saban and Miles's whipping boy throughout his entire tenure. 

tennbuckeye19's picture

My guess is that Arkansas under Bielama will be finishing in 5th or 6th in the SEC West annually. Obviously Bama and LSU will be 1-2, and then I see Auburn turning things around, and A&M should be competitive, that leaves Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Arkansas. 
Let's put it this way; dude's not gonna be winning any division titles, conference titles, or national titles. Houston Nutt, who had some success there, won 3 division titles, 1 outright and shared 2. The best a Bobby Petrino team finished was tied for 2nd in the division. Does anyone in their right mind think Bielama is gonna do any better than those guys?

Run_Fido_Run's picture

To be fair to Petrino (not that he deserves it), when Nutt arrived in Arkansas in 1998, the balance of power was in the SEC East. For the first few years, LSU was down until Saban resurrected that program. Likewise, Nutt did not have to contend with a Saban-led Bama, either. It seemed like Arkansas went to the SEC CG under Nutt with some 8-4ish type records, if I remember correctly. As immoral as the mercenary Petrino might be, he's a better coach than Nutt.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Yeah Petrino > Nutt, for sure, and I was gonna get into all that, but didn't. Regardless of who was up and who was down, my point remains. The coaches before Bielama couldn't take Arkansas to the "promised land" so what makes him or their fans actually believe he can take them there. 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

True 'dat - Nutt and Petrino probably did about as well as anyone could do with Arkansas, with the exception of uber-elite coaches like Saban or Urbz, and star coaches like that aren't ever going to Fayetteville, AR.
Nutt or Petrino > Bert.  

lamplighter's picture

Lou Holtz had a couple of good years there.  60-21 over 7 years and finished 3rd in the polls in 1977.  Never won a conference title though (also was not in the SEC then)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou_Holtz

 

andretolstoy's picture

When do we see Miles make the move up to mich?

Oyster's picture

I think that ship has sailed.  If he still wanted to be there, he would have accepted the job when RR was fired.  I also don't see hoke being let go anytime soon.  He is the 'michigan man' they have all been waiting for and he will get a chance to prove himself. 

hodge's picture

I think he wants to, I just think he's waiting for the school to be in the right place, talent-wise.  I think John U. Bacon's book Three and Out basically indicated that Miles called to accept the job in '07, but the AD was sailing and had no cell service.  By the time he was able to get back to Miles, speculation had reached a fever pitch, and Miles--who had an LSU team that was about to play for the National Championship--re-committed himself to his team.  It's worth mentioning that Lloyd Carr absolutely detested him, as well; and tried to put the kibash on his hiring.
His name came up again last year, but he again returned to LSU--though he reportedly spoke to UM officials.  I'm betting either (A) they weren't willing to reach his desired pay level, or (B) he didn't want to tackle a reclaimation project of that (believed) scale.  
He's 59 right now, so he's starting to get up there in age.  I'm betting that if UM ever fires Hoke (because he'll never leave), say in the next 5-8 years; he'll probably take the job.

Oyster's picture

But if the job you want is open, you don't pass it up on the chance you will be able to take it later on.  That is one of the reasons people give for Coach Meyer jumping at OSU when he did, in spite of the NCAA sanctions.   

hodge's picture

Different situation compared to what was going on at Michigan.  Let's face it, no one expected Hoke to do anything  his first year.  Six wins would have been considered a victory.  The program appeared to be a dumpster fire, and Miles either didn't want to deal with that, wasn't being offered enough to deal with it, or just failed to recognize the latent potential at his Alma Mater.  
I agree, though; if he wanted it, he should have gone after it.  I think he saw the UM job as reclaimation project with an uncertain future, whereas his LSU job would match whatever UM paid and was a perennial contender.

Oyster's picture

What coach wouldn't relish in taking a program and rebuilding it?  Especially where you played?  I don't buy it.  He is happy where he is at.

SPreston2001's picture

I dont buy that sailing story. If a coach like Les Miles wants to accept a job im sure somebody would have been able to get in touch with him and make the deal happen. Besides didnt Les just sign a extension with LSU?

andretolstoy's picture

Two options I see for Mich: Hoke is a good coach, he might take a game or two from Urban in a down year (MIGHT), but Miles will even the playing field and be great for the BIG.
Second option, and this is much more frightening IMHO. Harbaugh gets sick of the NFL and decides to put his Bo-face on, and takes over up north. Then they have an edge over OState. Don't scourge me, but I'm of the mind that Harbaugh maybe a better coach than Urban. (runs and hides)

btalbert25's picture

I think the Harbaugh ship has sailed up there.  If he comes back to college I think he'll be in California again, say USC.  I could be wrong, but he just seems to like California, and he doesn't seem to love Michigan anymore.

Oyster's picture

Young child that lives in the area.  That's why the SF job was so attractive to him.

hodge's picture

Don't think we'll ever see Harbaugh.  He's talked shit about UM's educational standard for athletes, and it really seems like his ultimate desire is to be the next great NFL coach.

andretolstoy's picture

This criticism is actually why I think he would come back. He wants to bring Bo back and all that entails. Just like the past two coaches at Ostate lay claim to the "Woody legacy" and this has worked for them. On the contrary, I have not noticed RR or Hoke talk about BO and his legacy; how they want to mimic it etc. I believe Harbaugh would come back with his "scheme to bring UofM back to the glory, honor, and ethics" of the Bo era.
Just my two cents.

btalbert25's picture

I would love for Miles to have that job.  I am one who believes the man is a baffoon but benefits greatly from being in close proximity to Texas and Louisiana has some good recruits as well.  His clock management and riverboat gambler mentality would play right into Urban's hands.  He pretty much lost the game against Bama for his team this season with all his ridiculous decisions.

hodge's picture

SO MUCH THIS.  I was about to say the same thing.  He's greatly bolstered by exceptional talent.  

Oyster's picture

I'm with you.  He is getting by on the name of the school and the location.  He handed that game to Saban 3 times this year. THREE TIMES!

tennbuckeye19's picture

2 things that have benefited Miles at both Oklahoma State and LSU:
top level talent (moreso at LSU, but Ok St brings in good players too), and top level assistant coaches (Mike Gundy, Bo Pelini, John Chavis among others).

OSUBias's picture

He's 59?!?!?! Man, that grass he eats is treating him well. He looks like he's 40.

Slider...you stink

Pam's picture

"He's 59 right now, so he's starting to get up there in age"
I beg your pardon young man! I will have you know that 59 is the new 39.

Timotheos's picture

Somebody on an Arkansas forum seemed to be happy:
"That being said, he made one of the best coaching hires of the last decade.  Only Saban to Bama and Spurrier to SC would be considered as good or better within the SEC."
Others agreed. Seems Arkansas' opinion of Bielema is a lot higher than the opinions within the Big Ten. Any explanations?

Oyster's picture

They don't own TV's in Arkansas?

hodge's picture

Yeah, but the signal's too fast to catch the plodding B1G action.
#SECSPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED

tennbuckeye19's picture

Trust me when I say that Arkansas fans are some of the most delusional fans around. 
For example: They also loved the decision to bring John L. Smith in for this year. 
They thought Ryan Mallett should've won multiple Heismans.
They think they are one of the top jobs in not only the SEC, but in the country. 
 

Oyster's picture

That sounds eerily similar to our friends up North.  Are Arkansas fans obnoxious too?

tennbuckeye19's picture

Yes. I don't know many of them, but the ones I do know are quite obnoxious. They could be the vocal minority, but somehow I doubt it.

Oyster's picture

That's pretty funny when you think about that.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Another funny thing is that they are "happy, elated, excited, and etc." about Bielama's hire, yet they know he was like the 10th choice for the school and other bigger names had turned the job down. 

Oyster's picture

The slappies up North said the same thing about hoke.  Even though he was at least the third choice and had a losing record when he was hired.

Doc's picture

You do whatever you can to help yourself sleep at night.

"Say my name."

tennbuckeye19's picture

I say give up the delusion and reach for the melatonin. 

aboynamedtracy's picture

I suspect you encounter them far more regularly than I do so I don't discount your viewpoint at all. But I have to say, for the Sugar Bowl versus Arkansas (that did happen), I was in New Orleans and also at the game. The fans I encountered were for the most part amicable and just happy to be there. Before the game, almost all of them who I spoke to had stated they thought the Buckeyes would win (which they did, in real life).

btalbert25's picture

If Fickel ever were to become a head coach somewhere, this would be the opportunity for him to take off.  He had a bad LB corps last year, and loses 3 seniors.  He's losing a lot of help on the line as well.  He felt heat this year from Urban about the D being so bad, next year I imagine the potential is there for the D staff to feel some more next year.  This off season could be the perfect time for Fickel to try his hand at being a head coach again.

Larryp713's picture

Really good point about coach Fickell. He has some good character and performance credit, based on the last few games for the Silver Bullers. I think he  will only jump for the right job. Worst case, he has a chance to develop some young LBs and be an assistant coach for a NC contender; I don't think he is in a hurry to jump ship yet.
Has he officially turned down Tennessee? I read some great tweets last night with the #TurnedTennesseeDown hash tag. Very funny. My favorite was not only did Jerry Sandusky turn down the Tennessee job, he has asked to change the color of his orange jump suit to avoid association with Tennessee. I am still laughing at that one.

Respectfully,

Larryp713

Doc's picture

What do you think the possibilities of Heacock joining Hazell in West Lafayette is?  My guess is Darell is going to try and bring most of his Kent staff with him, but having a proven DC on staff would be a great addition.

"Say my name."

RBuck's picture

I think it would be a good move and would not bother me for a second. We wouldn't have to worry about his inside knowledge because of our totally different offense.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Good question. Heacock is among the better DCs in the business. I'd prefer not to see him West Lafayette. He wouldn't necessarily have a chip on his shoulder against Ohio State, but he would be a little extra motivated to prepare for that game. What's new, though, right?

OSUBias's picture

I liked Heacock, but if he goes to Purdue I'll take Urbs over him. Last time the Urbs offense was matched up with a Heacock defense, Urbs put 41 on the board without using 5th gear.

Slider...you stink

buckeye76BHop's picture

This quote from Hog Boy Bret was the best ever.  Even better than "we don't want to be like the SEC in any way, shape or form...too funny huh?

“I’m not going to promise you anything. I will tell you I’m here because I want to give you something you’ve never had.”

I hope we see him doing this by week five.  Sure will be funny to see his reaction to how they "recruit" in tSEC and how he deals with it;-)

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."
"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."
Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Alhan's picture

“Right now we’re going to embrace being the underdog. We’re going to throw two arms around it, we’re gonna kiss it and make it feel good."

I dunno, this quote was pretty good to.  I can't imangine him saying this in a way that isn't creepy...

You can kill a fly with your slipper or a cannon. Either way, the fly dies. -Ramzy

OSUBias's picture

"Oh that felt good." -not one person/thing Bert has kissed...ever

Slider...you stink

RBuck's picture

“I’m not going to promise you anything. I will tell you I’m here because I want to give you something you’ve never had.”

 
What? A winless season?

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

NW Buckeye's picture

Is it just me, or do others see the Brent move as just a little strange?  I mean, the facts above really indicate that he does not do well against ranked opponents.  And, it seems that Ark. is just a little too eager to put the Petrino scandal / Smith experiment behind them.
First, take a look at Bert at WI.  He had the previous HC watching over his shoulder all the time.  He just was not in a position to make the program "his own".  The offense that was run was the same as what Alverez did.  The D was also the same.  There had to be many times when Berry was offering advise to Bart.  And, then there is the writing on the wall as far as the conference was concerned.  He had really burned bridges among the coaching circles by running up scores and leaving the 1st teamers on the field in blow outs.  Then, Brenda cries like a woman about Urban's recruiting, only to be told to shut up by Berry.  Yes, he did get a raise at Ark, but it was not the kind of raise that Wisky could not have matched and exceeded if they really wanted to keep him.  2.5 to 3.2 is more than matchable for a school like Wisky. 
Then you have Ark. that just got used to some winning ways by Bobby P, only to discover that he was a jerk.  I actually know a kid who was on the team, and he said the team in general had no respect for Bobby because he was an a-one a$$hat.  Then Smith comes in and can't tell the difference between Ark and Alabama - afterall, they do begin with the same letter.  His real problem was that was where any similarity ended, and the fall out that ensued had everyone at Ark ready to jump on the first warm body that showed up for the HC position.  What is even more hilarious is that the SEC bigots from Ark (the ones who say the B1G produces nothing competitive) are banking on a B1G coach to be their saviour.  They might all be in for a rude awakening in the coming years.
It is quite evident that Brad was riding the coat tails of Alvarez at Wisky.  Heck, the players even asked Berry to coach them in the Rose Bowl - with that team actually behind the HC they might just win it this time.  The recruiting machine that Berry built continued to churn with Bart in charge and the stereotypical player under Alvarez is exactly what was brought in to help Bulimia.  Who ever they bring in to replace him will, likewise, have Berry watching over his shoulder.  All the speculation about the candidates has to be tempered with just who will view that situation as their "own" when Alverez continues to have his signature all over the program. 

tennbuckeye19's picture

...he said the team in general had no respect for Bobby because he was an a-one a$$hat.

If that was the case, they're gonna really love Bielama.

Doc's picture

NW, very salient points, unfortunately they went right past me as I lol'd from all your different names for Bert.

"Say my name."

Timotheos's picture

What's with Arkansas going after former Big Ten coaches?

RodVedder4's picture

"Then, Brenda cries like a woman about Urban's recruiting, only to be told to shut up by Berry."
I wonder if this didn't have something to do with Bert's decision to jump ship.  I'm surrounded by teachers in my family, all of whom basically said this about it:  A good principal backs and doesn't embarrass their teachers in front of the parents, but then rips them in private afterwards, if need be.  Barry embarrassed Bert in front of the parents. 
While I completely agreed with Barry telling Bert to quit being a whiny b***h, this was a good point.  If you don't have the public support of those above you, it makes it tough to stick around.  Just my two cents.
 

Right Again's picture

How long before Hazell grows a massive mustache?  Isnt that a requirement to coach at Purdue?

DefendOhio's picture

Jesus , our path to Indy will be a joke. 

tennbuckeye19's picture

One of the best things about Darell Hazell: The dude folds the bill of a hat like none other.

 
 
 

btalbert25's picture

One thing I have always found funny when talking to SEC fans is that they have always respected Wisconsin.  I have a few friends here who say they don't like Big 10 football but they've always liked Wisconsin. REALLY????? I've never understood that.  I said you guys always rip Ohio State for not playing anyone, but look at Wisconsin's schedule.  Then there was the whole Bielema talking shit about the SEC thing, and their idiot fans.  I have never figured out why SEC fans like Wisconsin.  Has to be because they score a lot of points against crappy teams.
 

AC1972's picture

I'm waiting for Glen Mason to come back to coaching to take the Wisconsin job.  Yet another tOSU coach. 
He was a decent coach, made the gophers relevant, ran a run heavy offense, and just enough of a goofball to keep things interesting.
 

faux_maestro's picture

I think Glen Mason to Wisky would be one hell of a hire. He's 62 though, does he come back now?

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dtanmango's picture

"It was in February when Bielema tweaked Meyer for what he viewed as recruiting irregularities. During that same time, Bielema infamously said, “We at the Big Ten don’t want to be like the SEC, in any way, shape or form.”

Was what he said about how OSU recruits -- and then he goes to take a coaching job at Arkansas, an SEC school ...........
ohh mannn the irony :D

-dtan