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Jim Delany's head just exploded.
"It isn't unusual for the CBS broadcast of the SEC to beat Big Ten games in the ratings even in Midwestern markets."
From Yahoo! Sports: Bret Bielema's departure is a loss for both Wisconsin and the Big Ten.
This post was edited by CobraJet428 19 months ago
He'd better get him some good ole southern country boys as recruiters. Do you suppose he'll develop an all-midwest offensive line at Piggy land?
I know Bielema will be handsomely paid, but I have to admire the guy for taking on the challenge of coaching big time college football by going to the SEC. A reasonable argument can be made he's making a bigger step up in competition than Malzahn is. The Big 10 is a joke.
I don't think he'll limit himself to just the mw or even desire to. He's going to realize fast he's got to get the best he can in the SEC no matter where they're from. If the good'uns are in the mw he *may* have a plus in that he can talk to their sensibilities, so to speak. He'll find he's landed in recruitment-heaven in the South, plus the die-hard arkys who'll commit no matter who's coaching.
Good article. Something about football in the South...
"You can learn more character on the two-yard line than anywhere else in life." - Former LSU Coach and AD Paul Dietzel
No doubt in the trenches the SEC is the best. Then again if Bielema can find 4 J.J Watts and 5 Joe Thomas' to bring to Fayetteville, he would have success!
I think this guy is Les Miles made over. If he can find a recruiting nitch in east Texas, watch out. He will consistently win 8-11 games which is good for Arkansas. He will be a thorn in the side. They will be in every game and seldom will they be blown out.
I've always thought Bielema's style of football reminded me of what Les Miles runs. It's very direct and hard-nosed football. If he can recruit better than how he did at Wisconsin, this may turn out to be a very good hire.
"That was Death Valley. It's where opponent's dreams come to die." - Miles
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