Badger Bits: Could Wisconsin lose top assistant coaches?

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema may lose some of his top assistants over the off-season. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Is it really December? I thought we were supposed to have some snow by now.. oh well. While I ponder the strange forces preventing my from going to another snow-ball fight on Bascom hill, here are some Badger links.

Typically when a football team experiences success, the team's assistants become hot commodities for the inevitable coaching vacancies that come up during the course of the season. Wisconsin is not immune to this, and top UW assistants like offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and defensive coordinator Dave Dorean presumably will receive a few job offers during the off season.

Honestly, I would be surprised if Paul Chryst didn't receive an offer sooner or later: as Wisconsin's offensive coordinator, he has lead the Badger offense to 4th in the nation in points per game, and the Badgers finished tops in the Big Ten for scoring offense for the second year in a row. Chryst has been rumored to be one of the targets of the Minnesota Gophers, but he is apparently not interested.

More Badger Bits after the jump!

Football

Defensive end J.J. Watt has been selected as a finalist for the Hendricks Award, given to the nation's top defensive end, according to UWBadgers.com.

As B5Q's fearless leader Adam discussed yesterday, several Wisconsin players will think over leaving early for the NFL. The deadline for declaring for the NFL draft is January 14th.

Andy Baggot of Madison.com writes that even though he thinks the Michigan State Spartans deserve better than the Capital One bowl, he has no sympathy for head coach Mark Dantonio when it comes to the bowl selection process.

Michael Hunt at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writes that it's put-up or shut-up time for the Big Ten in bowl season. DEspite the conference's winning record in 2009, the Big Ten is 13-23 in bowl games over the last five years. The Badgers are 3-2 in bowl games during that time, joining only Penn State and Iowa as Big Ten teams with winning bowl records in the last five years.

If Wisconsin ends up playing the TCU Horned Frogs in the 2011 Rose Bowl, the game would mark only the second time that the teams have met.

Basketball

Elliot Hughes of the Badger Herald writes that the Wisconsin men's basketball team definitely has room for improvement as they return home from the Old Spice Classic. The Badgers will take on N.C. State tonight at 6:15 in their Big Ten/ACC Challenge game.

According to Rob Schultz of Madison.com, head coach Bo Ryan is confident that his team will improve over the course of the year, and stresses that patience will pay off for the team.

A Final Note

Even though the Badgers' plan to have an on-field ceremony for the championship trophy presentation was scrapped, you can still watch some of the speeches by Bret Bielema, Barry Alvarez, and representatives from the Big Ten and the Tournament of Roses by watching the video here!

31 days until the Badgers (presumably) play in the 2011 Rose Bowl!

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