Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Typical NCAA

It's not like Bret Bielema has been chained to his desk on the eighth floor of Camp Randall Stadium the last month, although it's probably felt that way at times for the University of Wisconsin football coach.
A new NCAA rule has grounded Bielema and other head coaches during the important spring evaluation period, which runs from April 15 to May 31. Assistant coaches are still allowed to visit high schools and evaluate prospects.
It's been quite a change for Bielema, who spent all but a handful of days on the road during last year's spring evaluation period. At this time a year ago, he was likely either watching a spring football practice in Florida or Texas, a track and field meet in Cleveland or a baseball game in Illinois.
More importantly, the time on the road offered Bielema the chance to build -- or strengthen -- relationships with high school coaches around the country. And while he couldn't speak with recruits on these trips, there's a pretty good chance he left an impression on them. It's hard not to notice a tall guy with a red Wisconsin polo shirt watching your every move.
Bielema said he liked the rule change at first "because it put everybody on the same playing field." The more he thought about it, however, the more he realized it handicapped coaches like himself who actually like to be on the road recruiting in April and May. It is sad that college coaches can't be trusted to have contact with potential recruits. I hope it doesn't continue to get worse. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Record-setting year for the Badgers

From summer workouts to the first day they ran the hill and all the way to the NCAA Tournament, one word led the way to an improbable season for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team. Four letters spell it out clearly on the wall of Bo Ryan’s office: “NEXT.”
No other word to describe what the 2007-’08 Badgers had to do to be successful after losing Alando Tucker, Kammron Taylor and Jason Chappell to graduation. New guys had to step up in the scoring department, new leaders had to emerge to keep the team chemistry high and more than anything, a coach with over 500 career wins had to make sure it all happened quickly.
What resulted was one of the most memorable seasons in Wisconsin basketball history. In arguably Ryan’s best season of coaching, an entire team effort led to a school-record 31 wins, an outright Big Ten title, a Big Ten Tournament title and a Sweet 16 appearance, all while a number of players said multiple times, “This was the closest team I have ever been a part of.”
I believe this all can be attributed to Coach Bo Ryan. He has done an amazing job since he came to the University of Wisconsin. I can wait until Badger Basketball Tickets are on sale for next year. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, May 2, 2008

2008 Badger Football Schedule

The Badgers have an interesting schedule in 2008. They start off with their weak non conference opponents as usual. Then in week 4 they start their "real" schedule with their Big Ten opponents. It is highlighted by a pair of primetime games that are back to back in Madison. I hope the town is still standing after the second weekend. The obvious big matchup is when Ohio St. visits Madison on October 4th at 7pm at night. That will be one Hot Badger Ticket. The schedule is as follows:

August 30*
Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI

September 6*
Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI

September 13*
at Fresno State
Bulldog StadiumFresno, CA

September 27
at Michigan
Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI

October 4
7:00 p.m.[2]
Ohio State
Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI

October 11
7:00 p.m.[2]
Penn State
Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI
ESPN or ESPN2[2]

October 18
at Iowa
Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA

October 25
Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI

November 1
at Michigan State
Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI

November 8
at Indiana
Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN

November 15
Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI

November 22
Cal Poly
Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI