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Badger Bits: Who takes the reigns after Doeren?

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We're getting so close to the Rose Bowl I can almost literally smell the roses. We're in the home stretch!

With the impending departure of Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren, a new coordinator will have to take his place before next season. With Doeren's eventual departure to NIU, the question needs to be asked: who should replace him? Tom Mulhern of gives an overview of the top two candidates currently on the Wisconsin payroll: defensive line coach Charlie Partridge and secondary coach Chris Ash.

Charlie Partridge is the longest tenured of the two, with three years under his belt at Wisconsin. Chris Ash is new to the staff for this year, but his impact has certainly been noticed- the Wisconsin secondary has made big strides this year. They both have similar career paths and one option that Mulhern brings up is that they could share the title as co-coordinators.

Personally, I am not fond of the co-coordinator idea, but I trust that Bielema will make an informed decision once Doeren leaves for NIU. What do you think? Be sure to vote in the poll!

Mike Lucas of writes about tight end Lance Kendricks after he received his degree from Wisconsin on Sunday, and how his family helped him complete his journey.

Members of the Wisconsin men's basketball team has been visiting elementary schools and reading to children, according to

Tom Mulhern of ponders the question of whether or not this year's incarnation is the best Wisconsin offensive line in team history.

Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel takes a look at the seasons of quarterback Scott Tolzien, offensive lineman Gabe Carimi, and other players on the Badgers' roster.

After the Big Ten's announcement that they are going to consider taking a mulligan on their new division names, John M of the SB Nation Indiana Hoosiers blog The Crimson Quarry has a suggestion: how about North and South?

Dave Heller of the Journal-Sentinel has some linkage about predictions for the Rose Bowl from all across the internet.

Potrykus also writes about the competition for bowl action between running backs John Clay, James White, and Montee Ball.

12 days until the Rose Bowl!