For the first time since 2003, the Wisconsin Badgers coaching staff will not include Bret Bielema. Instead, Gary Anderson will be leading the team this fall. In my mind, this hire isn’t a good one for the Badgers and they will definitely miss the presence of Bielema in 2013.
On Dec. 4, Bielema decided he would book from Wisconsin after six seasons as head coach and head down to coach the Arkansas Razorbacks. This is no small move because he meant everything to this organization and it showed with consecutive Big 10 championships in 2011 and 2012. Behind a stout running attack and players that respected him like none other, Bielema was regarded as one of CFB‘s best.
Now the university turns to an absolute amateur in Anderson. His claim to fame is this past seasons 11-2 record for the Utah State Aggies, but his 27-24 overall record is nothing to hang your hat on.
The biggest hurdle in his first season with the Badgers will be the cutthroat nature of the Big 10 conference–not to mention that the conference looks scarier than ever with at least three Heisman hopefuls and a Ohio State Buckeyes team that was undefeated in 2012.
Signing Day is usually a great day for Badgers fans, but this February may be a little different as Anderson has never coached outside the state of Utah and isn’t exactly a recruiting genius. Time will tell if he can make a difference in the Cheese-State this fall. I have my doubts that a coach of such little experience can handle a gig with such magnitude.