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Bielema leaving; to coach Arkansas

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AWESOME! rose bowl 3 years in a row AND bielemas leaving?! can this get any better?? hire tressel? bring back paul chryst? barry comes out of retirement? im glad we had bret, and thankful for all he did for our university, but hes just not that good of an in-game coach. he burns timeouts at weird times, generally prepares either (1) himself or (2) his coordinators poorly in big games (think tcu in the rose bowl), and shits his pants when the game is on the line. glad he got a "promotion", glad hes gone, and excited to see where we are going from here. on wisconsin.

Butters Leaving the Hockey Program

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"I believe it's time for me to move on from coaching" Not the news I was hoping to hear today.

B1G Hoops Roundtable

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The guys from Minnesota blog From The Barn invited me back for another preseason Big Ten basketball roundtable to discuss such things as who will be the surprise team this season, how the conference will shake out, and which players to watch -- including who the most feared player in the league is. UPDATE: Question #4 - Predicting the Big Ten's final standings

Quality Minnesota Hatred

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Need a dose of quality Minnesota hate? Need more reasons to explain why the state to the Northwest is clearly inferior to our fine Dairy State? Look no further.

Quarterback Controversy? What Quarterback Controversy

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Big game this weekend against the Gophers! Hopefully the fact that we have selected a starter at QB, no matter how we got there, is the advantage we need to make it 9 straight!!

Badger hoops opens at No. 21 in preseason coaches poll

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Wisconsin is one of five Big Ten teams rated in the opening USA Today/ESPN coaches poll for the 2012-13 season. Indiana opens at No. 1, followed by Ohio State (No. 4), Michigan (No. 5), and Michigan State (No. 14). Even if you disagree, the league is stacked this season, no doubt.

Badgers in Search of a Leader

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Clearly, the squad has struggled out the gates. The 4-2 record is far from indicative of how poor this team has played to date. I believe many of the issues have stemmed from Bielema's lack of leadership. From firing the O-Line coach, to benching O'Brien, and then still keeping Stave on a tight leash with play-calling, Bielema has done little to instill the right environment for success to breed this season. For instance, if he makes the decision to essentially give up on O'Brien and his two years of eligibility, he must have the confidence in the guy thats replacing him to be able to, at a minimum, operate a two-minute drill. But, the leash has been tight when Stave has been under center, which seems to undermine the whole point in promoting him in the first place. I dive deeper into these issues here: http://wp.me/p29VCs-bH But, what do you think about Bielema's job so far?

Badgers move into new basketball locker room

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In case you didn't catch this yet, the men's basketball squad recently moved into its new digs at the Kohl Center, featuring a lounge and video room. Take a mini-tour via UWBadgers.com. Nice upgrade for those guys -- good facilities is a big factor in recruiting.

ESPN Insider suggests Ryan Evans run the point

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Stumbled across this glorious tidbit from a poster on the Buckyville basketball forum. Exhibit A for why you should not pay for ESPN Insider is this suggestion that Ryan Evans play point guard for Wisconsin this season. Almost as funny is then stating Ben Brust would be the "most straight-forward option." Paging George Marshall ... would love to see the redshirt freshman Badger PG meet the author of this farce face-to-face. Here's the actual pay link ($) from last Sunday for those of you who have ESPN Insider access. I don't know how much longer they'll leave this mess up there though.

Borland named B10 Defensive Player of the Week

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Junior linebacker Chris Borland was named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Week after his outstanding performance against UTEP. It was fun watching Borland tee off from a defensive line position when Saturday's game was in hand, but he'll have to avoid those pesky late hit penalties going forward.

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