What's it all mean? Who knows, but I have a few guesses. First, Bielema has always been a controversial figure in Madison. He's an abrasive guy and while he was a hell of a recruiter, his game day coaching was often a source of heartburn in Madison. Second, he's going to get a lot of money at Arkansas, where they are desperate to find a coach who can clean up the mess left behind by Bobby Petrino and John L. Smith, two of the bigger train wrecks in recent NCAA history. Finally, I've often thought that Bielema thought he needed to get out from underneath the shadow of Barry Alvarez, the architect of the Badger program. Even though Bielema's record of 68-24 was pretty stellar, he was still viewed in some quarters as the beneficiary of something that had been built by someone else. At Arkansas, he'll be able to establish his own legacy.
So who will the Badgers hire? A few possibilities:
|Rose Bowl Hero|
|The It Girl|
|This Gruden guy, he's something|
We'll have more to say about this in the coming days, but those are my guesses. If you have any guesses, put them in the comment section.