As you might imagine, reaction in the Badger State to the report Bret Bielema took the head football job at Arkansas came fast and furious Tuesday afternoon. A quick read through message boards and comment streams associated with stories here, here and here run the gamut.
Good for Bret
Bo knows: Was BB perfect? Of course not. But he did still manage to lead Wisconsin to 3 straight Rose Bowls. This state has been too spoiled in recent years by Barry, Bo, and Bret and forgot where the athletic program used to be.
Good riddance, Bret
Toadmanjack: Don't let the door hit you in your goofy-looking living-off-of-Barry-Alvarez-a**.
Badger Bob: This makes me happier than putting up 70 last week.
We’re in trouble
GSOBadger: This is horrible news. We had a chance to get a good win in the RB, now probably gone. We were poised for a great season next year, now probably gone. We have a great recruiting class lined up, expect many to bail.
This is exactly what the program needs
RichardSRussell: You don't expect a guy with a Hawkeye tattoo to have the same level of loyalty to the cardinal and white as, say, Pat Richter. Still, I thought he'd have enough loyalty to his TEAM not to drop this kind of distraction on them just a few weeks before the Rose Bowl. Best of luck anyway, Bret. And remember who gave you your big break.
This program will never win another game
Tobin: Seriously, this is a big problem for Bucky. Any new coach coming in will want to hire his own coaches. Look at how Bucky struggled adapting to the new coaching this year. We were set up for a great year next year with the O-line more experienced and our super RBs and Stave able to play again. Are there any Urban Meyers out there?
After initial spouts of reactionary posts, many – like Tobin here - turned to speculation. A popular thought to replace Bielema is Paul Chryst
. He’s the offensive coaching mind who left the Badgers last season for Pittsburgh and eventually hired away ex-Badgers QB Brooks Bollinger from his coaching post at Hill-Murray High School. The thought makes sense, although later in the evening Chryst issued a statement saying he's perfectly happy at Pitt
It should also be noted that a certain former NFL MVP currently spending time coaching high school football and mowing his lawn in Mississippi came up a few places.
Yes, there are some out there pining for Coach Brett Favre in Wisconsin. Another name seen more than once? Former Vikings coach Brad Childress, who ran a kick-(rear-end) offense at Wisconsin as offensive coordinator in the 1990s.