Alvarez's Torch Is In Good Hands

11/21/2006 6:35 pm
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Bret Bielema was named Big Ten coach of the year. Wisconsin also accepted a bid to the Capital One Bowl. They'll have to settle for wiping the floor with an SEC team for the second straight year rather than a PAC-10 team. Furthermore, P.J. Hill was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
hoochpage.JPGSarah - So's your face
11/21/2006 @ 08:41:13 PM
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The teams I root for are awesome-o even when they're 4-6.
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jon.jpgJon - 2847 Posts
11/21/2006 @ 09:43:12 PM
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Not to rain on the Wisconsin parade, but sometimes it takes a while to see if a coach actually works out. Obviously it's worked well for this season, but these are Alvarez's players and they're only one year removed from his coaching. I think Beileekemekemakjdfkljklla will be good, but if the Badgers completely tank after this year, it wouldn't be the first time it took more than a year for the effects to take place. But we can remain optimistic for now.
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Jon screwed with this at 11/21/2006 9:43:52 pm
2887.gifAlex - 3618 Posts
11/21/2006 @ 10:24:18 PM
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Partially valid point, but Beils did do the recruiting for this last season the previous year already and clearly they were still able to bring in some good freshmen. Plus, I'm sure they have a bunch of scouts and assistants and whosawhatsit that also have input on recruiting. And Barry is still the AD. And they have a renovated stadium and pretty decent brand recognition. Certainly they can't sit on their tails and expect to stay good, but Beils doesn't seem like the kind of guy to get complacent or take things for granted. Also, it's not like this was a senior laden or even that experienced of a team. In summary, your quasi-pessimistic/realism is somewhat faulty and is only valid in that we can never predict the future.
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scott.jpgScott - 6225 Posts
11/22/2006 @ 08:27:41 AM
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This was a team that lost its entire receiving corps for graduation. Their current receiving corps had something like 5 combined catches in NCAA play coming into this season. And they had a freshman running back who was one of the top rushers in the nation. Their defense struggled at times, but they gathered themselves by the midway point in the season. While what Jon says is true about accurately assessing the effects of a coach, Alex is right about how much much responsibility and credit Beils deserves.

Hey Jon, it's ok to be biased when we all are rooting for the same team. emoticon
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