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Comment 22 Aug 2016

As a Badger Alum with intimate knowledge of football politics on that campus, Williams was wise to NOT go to UW if he wants to be a Psychology Major.

There was an unwritten rule under Barry Alvarez that ALL football players were Afro-Am Studies Majors until they were juniors; star players were the only exception. This rule was in place under Bielema, and from what I understand, was one of the (many) factors in Gary Andersen's departure from Madison. Paul Chryst seemingly is in line with Alvarez's old mandate. The way the course loads and class schedules play out at Madison, it was virtually impossible for players to graduate on time with any other major if they expected to make practice schedules.

It's a great school, and a great campus environment, but playing football there is not conducive to receiving a degree of one's choosing.

Comment 04 Aug 2016

While i would love an undefeated run through to a National Title, I don't see it happening. The talent is there, they just need some seasoning... I think the best case scenario would be to walk out of Norman with an L that Urban can use as a motivational/teaching tool, to run the table. Best case scenario in the playoffs would be a rematch with an undefeated Oklahoma team in a national title game.

Just my two cents.

Comment 18 Feb 2016

As an aside, who would we have realistically gone after in 1992? Barry Alvarez? Not hiring Cooper in the first place would have been the smart play.

Comment 16 Feb 2016

Not to be the buzzkill, but isn't this a secondary violation? When I was in compliance, I was under the impression that if the gear comes directly from Nike it's kosher as it's part of a Marketing Campaign with the school and NCAA, If the gift comes from an independent third party with whom the school does not have a licensing agreement, and who may or may not be a booster, then it's an impermissible benefit as it's considered a gift given solely on the Student's athletic ability

Comment 14 Sep 2015

You know, I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who feels that 1. We need to be running the ball down their throats more and 2. Cardale is underthrowing probably 60% of his throws, when he clearly has the arm strength to put it where it needs to be.

Comment 27 Jun 2014

Yes the last 3 years have been historically bad, but to say that the entirety of JT's 10 years we played outstanding defense is something of a stretch.

In my humble opinion the last TRULY dominant defense we fielded, first snap to last snap, was the 2002 defense. We had a great defense in 2003; without a few key mental lapses in Madison and against Michigan, that one could have been really great too. 2005 was also great minus a few moments. Over the latter half of Tressel's career, I think our defensive metrics were greatly skewed by the fact that we played atrocious offenses. I mean, really, really bad putrid ones. Now, for certain games, such as the Rose Bowl against Oregon and the 1st half of the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas, we had truly exceptional game plans. but, as a whole, no, none of those defenses in my mind were truly great.

I would love for nothing more than a defensive renaissance to happen this year in the 'Shoe, but, honestly, I think it's going to take more than one year and two new coaches to do so... its almost as if something is in these guy's heads, and frankly, it scares me.


EDIT: On a tangentially related note - every single time Stanford takes down Oregon and an ESPN commentator gives credit to David Shaw & staff for a singularly visionary gameplan against the Ducks, I see red and think of that Rose Bowl.


Comment 10 Jun 2014

I honestly don't think Bielema would have left Madison if he hadn't been such a knucklehead in the local social scene. Getting shot down by attractive coeds is one thing, continually coming off as a classic asshat in every possible situation when dealing with locals was completely another. Bielema, realistically had burned his last bridges when HS coaches in-state were beginning to tell their players to go to Minnesota, Michigan, or ANY OTHER program that came calling besides UW.

Comment 29 Apr 2014

I have to wonder... is it possible Roby is allergic to alcohol? I mean, I know the symptoms vary, IE, most people with the allergy just get really red in the face, but, in rare cases, it is possible to suffer symptoms of extreme intoxication from minimal consumption.

Comment 06 Aug 2013

I think the lesson to be taken from what you're pointing at is that we should all try to be the bigger person. Be a better man (or woman) than you would be in that moment normally.

Comment 17 Apr 2013

If I was Jaleel White, I would be tremendously insulted by this comparison. Have you seen that guy lately? He is yolked. Not just a little yolked. All-Airport team level is what we're talking about. Mark May is an overweight has been who displays the mental capacity of a 12-year-old girl. White is neither overweight or unintelligent/unintelligible.

Comment 15 Feb 2013

That dog and child is about the most fuzzy, warm, adorable thing I think I've ever seen.

Comment 22 Sep 2012

IMO, the only way the SEC falls is if the Justice Department blows it up after some idiot who's bankrolled buying recruits ends up pissing off the other SEC, and sings to save his own ass.

Comment 22 Sep 2012

The thing that breaks my heart is that during this SEC run, the Big Ten is slowly turning into the Ivy League at best, the Big East at worst. We're simply not able to compete with the SEC (or even the Pac 12 it would seem), and it's painfully obvious.

Comment 25 Aug 2012

Realistically, this was a team last year that *if* there was any semblance of an offense, the defense was good enough to carry on just about any given day. Now, the offense has a plan besides Dave/Power O Left or Right, and the defense for the most part is back. I am drinking the Kool-Aid because I think this defense is going to be nasty, and any opponent - USC, Oregon, OK State, LSU, Clemson, WVU etc - won't (or shouldn't) score more than 13 points on them.