LOS ANGELES — It’s good to be Bret Bielema, the Wisconsin football coach who is riding a wave of success that has seen him and the Badgers win consecutive Big Ten titles. And off field, life is even better, as the long-time bachelor is going to get married in March.
Last year, Wisconsin saw defensive coordinator Dave Doeren leave for the Northern Illinois job prior to the Rose Bowl. This year, the Badgers are in a similar situation: offensive coordinator Paul Chryst will leave after Monday’s Rose Bowl to take the Pitt job. But like Doeren, Chryst has remained with Wisconsin for the Rose Bowl. There’s still work to do.
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Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner recently spoke about the search for Joe Paterno’s replacement. Joyner, the chairman of the search committee, offered no concrete details, mentioning no names in a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Joyner did acknowledge talking to some high quality candidates, but Joyner offered no timetable as to when a coach would be named.
We post plenty of videos here at BTN.com ranging from TV show excerpts and bonus Web-only clips to game highlights and interviews. We even started some very popular sections called “Did You See This?” and the “Best of Gus Johnson.” As 2011 winds down and 2012 warms up in the bullpen, we dove into the last 12 months of videos to find the most-watched pieces from the past calendar year.
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For the second consecutive season, Kirk Ferentz and Iowa are headed back to the Insight Bowl. A season ago, the Hawkeyes upset Missouri in Tempe, Ariz., and now they will try to do the same against Oklahoma on December 30. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart breaks down the game, gives his keys and offers his prediction. See it all in this post. Also, view our entire 2011-12 bowl schedule.
Predictions. Everyone has them, and rarely do people prognosticate correctly. As the saying goes, that’s why they play the game. I’ve been burned with predictions several times, the most recent one coming when I said Illinois was for real and a Rose Bowl contender. We all know how that turned out! With the calendar flipping to 2012 Sunday, it’s time to offer up some more educated guesses, posted in a multiple choice test format to give it a different wrinkle. Feel free to post your answers or fill in your “other” selection in the comment box. The predictions are listed in chronological order and, just for clarity, many of the football ones take into account likely early NFL departures.
We received a great photo from our friend John Lewandowski, Michigan State’s football SID, Thursday night. With the Spartans preparing for Monday’s Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio decided to have an alligator attend Thursday’s practice for “a little extra motivation,” according to the email. The team posed with the beast, jaws taped together, of course. See the photo, courtesy of MSU Athletic Communications, in this post.