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I know the Big Ten is getting trashed in the media right now because of Bielema to Arkansas but I think the Big Ten could possibly come out ahead this offseason. It TOTALLY hinges on what Wisky does though. Hazell is a GREAT hire for Purdue so that's a positive for the conference.
I think if Wisconsin is willing to pony up and shoot for the stars like a Charlie Strong or Gary Patterson or Christ Petersen it could be a significant upgrade over Bielema. Even risky (and very unlikely) picks like Petrino or Tressel would be an upgrade.
I imagine Wisconsin will go a safe route like Chryst or Doeren or Butch Jones. I think most of those guys are a slight downgrade or a push from Bielema. But the ball's in Wisky's court. They can actually make this a good offseason for the B1G if they pony. What say you....who would you consider an upgrade from Bielema?
I think a lot of the names you mentioned would be good for that program and I hope that Alvarez works hard to find the best guy. Having competitive programs in the B1G is a must especially with the direction of tOSU. It really does the Buckeyes no good to have a weak conference that leads to 8 or 9 blowout wins a year. These other programs need to catch up and get back into the national picture otherwise the B1G will continue to look more and more like the ACC and Big East if recent memory.
Unlike most posters here I believe Bielema is a very good coach...Under Bielemas 7 year stretch of football was as good as it could get for Wisconsin..Most programs reach a certain point, level off, then decline and start the cycle all over again. With Michigan back on the rise and Ohio State in the NC hunt under Meyer, this stretch of football was as good as it could get for Wisconsin. Three Rose Bowls in a row may never happen again in the entire history of the school..Bielema elevated the program IMO...However I do not think Bielema is a good fit at Arkansas or Arkansas is not better program than Wisconsin..
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Definitely agree that Bielema is a better coach than most on here give him credit for. I'm hoping that their fans and alumni have gotten used to being a top tier B1G team under Alvarez and Bielema so that they 'demand' a better coach than perhaps the lower rung coaches that will coach Wisconsin for cheap. I'd love to see Wisconsin have a budget of $3 to $4 million a year for a head coach and get someone really good. They would join Michigan and Ohio State in moving the B1G towards the new era of coaching that we're in where you get what you pay for. And if we're ever going to compete with the SEC ever again, it's going to have to start by being willing to pay coaches more so we can lure in the big names.
Petrino, Petrino, Petrino!
My thoughts as well.
The coaches in the B1G need to start backing up the trucks if they want to get better coaches. There's no reason the B1G can't be dominant like they are in basketball.
Upgrades over bieliema, ehh? Charlie Weiss, gene chizik, tom landry, rich Rodriquez, joker Phillips, obama, Lou holtz, bob Davies, omar little, woody Hayes, Bo schmbelcher, mark mangino, Eric mangini, richard simmons and rich kotite. Before I get downvoted, I am aware that several people on my list are deceased and have factored that into my analysis.
If I were Barry Alvarez, I would come out of retirement and coach for 3 seasons then turn over the reigns to Jim Tressel.
While his winning percentage is not as good as Beilema's, Alvarez took a doormat program and turned it into arguably our biggest rival over the last 15 years in terms of the competitive nature of the games. He coached them to an 8-3 bowl record, including 3-for-3 in the Rose Bowl. Further, Alvarez did this all in a much more competitive Big Ten top to bottom than what we see now. Beilema reaped the benefits of Alvarez's labor, and carried it forward in a weaker B1G Ten with mostly mediocre teams outside the top-3, bolstering his winning percentage against the likes of Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, and a host of directional schools.
I'd be shocked if he is at Arkansas in five years. I just hope that Wisconsin uses this opportunity to open its coffers to bring in the elite coach that they did not have in Bielema. I think Petersen would be a great fit if he would entertain leaving Boise.
I want Alvarass to get a good coach who is a jerk like Buliema. Keep the rivalry going. Also I thought I read somewhere last night that Partridge is going with BrettyBoy.
Yep, I've been wondering if Barry will hire himself. Might actually be a good move.
I agree with igo4osu that Charlie Strong or Gary Patterson or Christ Petersen would be great choices, but I don't think any of them will take the job. Butch Jones would not chock me. Gary Patterson woudl be an especialy good fit and an even better choice given that he beat Bielema in the Rose.
Duane has it right...Bielema is a damn good coach and he is also a complete jacka$$.
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I can see Alvarez coming back to the sidelines from being AD, but can't see him hiring JT...in 3 years JT will be in his mid-60a which means he wouldn't be at Wisky long term. And with how much JT loves Ohio State even after losing his dream job I can't see him going to one of our biggest rivals, just my opinion.
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