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Former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema calls out Ohio State's schedule

Bret Bielema is a name that Big Ten fans are certainly familiar with. [ MORE: Polls: Pick Week 2 winners | Power rankings | Bowl projections | Player rankings | Q&A: Wes Lunt  | Big Ten Mailbag ] Bielema served as Wisconsin’s head coach from 2006-2012, leading the Badgers to the Big Ten crown in each of his final three seasons, before abruptly taking the Arkansas job after beating Nebraska in the 2012 Big Ten title game. Well, Bielema is back in the Big Ten headlines Wednesday, and it has nothing to do with Wisconsin. Bielema took a shot at

Big Ten Links: Experts examine Bielema's big move

Tuesday’s shocking announcement that Bret Bielema was leaving Wisconsin for Arkansas dominates today’s daily links as writers examine why he left and what it means. Plus, Purdue hired a coach and Minnesota lost a quarterback. Read it all in my daily links. And let me know what you think via my mailbag, Twitter, or the comments section at the bottom of the post. Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer says Ohio State has lost a great villain with Bielema’s departure. And that’s what makes sports great—rivalries and villains, someone or something to rally against. Nothing galvanizes a fan base more—or fuels a rivalry better. *** David

Twitter: Bret Bielema leaves Wisconsin for Arkansas

Yahoo! Sports writer and “Big Ten Football & Beyond” correspondent Pat Forde set off quite the firestorm Tuesday when he reported Bret Bielema was headed to Arkansas. The move came out of nowhere and surprised everyone. After all, Bielema and the Badgers are headed to their third consecutive Rose Bowl. Check out some of the best tweets on Bielema’s move in this post. [RELATED: Dienhart: News of Bielema’s move shocking] EX-BADGERS Wow I'm am beyond shocked!!!!!! Congrats to coach B though he deserves it!! — Aaron Henry (@AaronHenry7) December 4, 2012 Sad to see @BretBielema go but wish him the

Dienhart: News of Bielema's move shocking

Three days after leading Wisconsin to its third consecutive Rose Bowl, Bret Bielema agreed to become Arkansas’ head coach. Yahoo! Sports and “Big Ten Football & Beyond” correspondent Pat Forde first reported the news. Bielema, who will be introduced Wednesday, led the Badgers to a 70-31 win over Nebraska in Saturday night’s Big Ten title game at Lucas Oil Stadium. With the win, the Badgers became the first Big Ten team to reach Pasadena three consecutive seasons since Michigan from 1976-78. Arkansas 2012 Date Opponent Result / Time 9/1 vs. Jacksonville State W 49 – 24 9/8 vs. Louisiana-Monroe L

Alvarez releases statement on Bielema's departure

University of Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez issued the following statement Tuesday on the departure of Bret Bielema, who has been named head football coach at the University of Arkansas: “I was very surprised when Bret told me he was taking the offer from Arkansas. He did a great job for us during his seven years as head coach, both on the field and off. I want to thank him for his work and wish him the best at Arkansas. [RELATED: Dienhart: News of Bielema’s move shocking] “I have a responsibility to our student-athletes, our football family and our

Bret Bielema tweets Danny O'Brien Week 1 starter

Thanks to Twitter, we now know who Wisconsin’s starting quarterback is. Bret Bielema hit the social media site Sunday night to announce Danny O’Brien as his Week 1 starter. The tweet read: “Also had so many questions about our QB situation that want everyone to know we are going to start Danny O’Brien in our opener against UNI.” Also had so many questions about our QB situation that want everyone to know we are going to start Danny O'Brien in our opener against UNI. — Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) August 20, 2012 O’Brien, the former Maryland quarterback, is Wisconsin’s second ACC

Look Back At Our Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon Special

We capped off our coverage of the two-day Big Ten Media and Kickoff Luncheon with the 90-minute TV show Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon Special, with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. It included various interviews and analysis from the event in Chicago. Watch a number of video clips from that Friday night show in this post. Also, see Denard Robinson’s speech to the crowd, learn more from Friday’s media sessions, find out about all the Big Ten uniform changes here, and see what your Big Ten mascots were up to lately. All of our coverage can be found

Video: Bret Bielema at Media Day

Wisconsin coach Danny Hope discussed quarterback transfer Danny O’Brien  as well as how Wisconsin will not actively recruit any Penn State players. Find all of our Big Ten Media Day coverage.

Bielema makes donation at charity event

We’d like to thank Jeff Potrykus, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, for alerting us to this great Bret Bielema story. Evidently, Bielema made an impromptu appearance at the annual Wine & Roses fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin on Saturday at Nakoma Country Club in Madison, Wis. The Wisconsin football coach didn’t only attend the event – he stepped up to the mic, played auctioneer and raised $3,000 for two tickets to his private suite, as well as a pair of sideline passes, at Camp Randall Stadium. How did Bielema end up at the auction, you ask? Consult

Dienhart: Bret Bielema Q&A

Is there a hotter or better program in the Big Ten right now than Wisconsin? The Badgers are coming off back-to-back Big Ten championships and Rose Bowl appearances. And the good times are primed to continue to roll as Bret Bielema enters his sixth season in Madison with lots of mojo. I talked to Bielema–who is 60-19 overall and 33-15 in the Big Ten since taking over for Barry Alvarez in 2006–to discuss other personnel issues, a Leaders Division that is filled with transition and questions, Wisconsin’s status as Big Ten lynchpins and his freshly-minted marriage, among other things. Q: