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If Wisconsin isn’t careful they have a nebraska future in front of them.
Coaching hires are 99.9% pure luck. But what hasn't been shown to be lucky is playing musical coaches.Possible but an advantage Wisconsin has over Iowa and Nebraska is they are the only P5 school in a 5.8 million populated state. There are a lot of good football players to recruit from.
Fickell seems like a good hire. I see why they went that route. He's totally different from what they had. Staying with Leonard woulda kind of had Frost vibes to me. That may have been part of their line of thinking.
I suspect it'll be a 1 step back sort of thing with trying to keep recruits and for him to get started doing his thing. But long term I think he'll be a great fit/hire overall.
You think Fickell will go away from a large part of what's made Wisky so good for so long? I don't think he's that dumb. He's been around BIG having been at OSU to that he's not unfamiliar. He may not stay with Leonards style of D or be as totally smashmouth ground and pound but I don't think he'll go all air raid or anything either.Very unlikely. Say that the guy catches lightning in a bottle, has them playing like Iowa in the early 2000's or Wisconsin early in Bielema's tenure. Congratulations, you've hired a star fucker who will leave at the first opportunity. Say he sucks, well then he sucks and Wisconsin is hosed. Wisconsin has a program identity based on the kinds of players they can recruit locally and weather conditions where they play and trying to eschew that identity is monumentally stupid.
Coaching hires are 99.9% pure luck. But what hasn't been shown to be lucky is playing musical coaches.
Coaches flop way more often than not, especially moving from G5 to P5, and regardless of their pedigree. Wisconsin went from a known quantity (who was wildly popular with players and a really good recruiter) to an unknown quantity, and by past odds it's a less than 50/50 gamble.
I'm just saying that Wisconsin isn't as fragile as Iowa or Nebraska. Honestly Nebraska wasn't either until they kept spinning coach after coach looking for the next Tom Osborne. But it's going to be tough for Wisconsin to revert back to it's pre Alvarez days as, like I mentioned, they are situated in a very good recruiting base. Heck UW-Whitewater has been a D3 powerhouse feeding off players that the Badgers pass on. I'm not saying it can't happen but it's going to take a lot more than 1 coaching change and a 6-6 season to send them back to the dark ages.
With the exception of some great RBs I never thought Wisconsin's offense was anything to write home about.Paul Christ has not been hired by anyone right? So Kirk could still theatrically call him to replace his idiot son......but then again Mars has a better chance of being inhabitable compared to that.
Yeah Chryst will have limited suiters I would think due to that style but he's a respected coach in the community I would think. He shouldn't be unemployed any longer then he'd want to be. In fact I'd be curious from the coaching community how what Wisky did to him is being looked at. I'm sure most think he got a raw deal.With the exception of some great RBs I never thought Wisconsin's offense was anything to write home about.
Balderdash. Almost every team is as fragile as Iowa or Nebraska. Tennessee, Florida State, Texas, Michigan, USC - we've seen a lot of programs shit the bed in grand fashion. And do so very quickly. How much money have those "elite" programs lit on fire paying buyouts?
Smith did not leave the cupboard bare and was never a fit. He was hired to get back into Chicago which he sort of didFleck. Hoke. Frost. Campbell. L.Smith
All big-splash hires. All have overall under performed.
Rhule. Fickell. Yawn. Wake me in 3 years.