Hopefully that Joni Mitchell lyric won't be something that Badger fans will be humming down the road. Many in Badger Nation were basically saying 'good riddance' uyesterday when the announcement came down that Bret Bielema was leaving Madison and taking over the struggling Arkansas program. Leaving the money aside...Bielema will make over 4 million in his new gig...much more than he was making at Wisconsin...this move can also be justified by what the coach may have considered undue criticism. In my opinion what that criticism entails is "he's not Barry Alvarez". As I posted on Facebook yesterday I've never quite understood the Bielema haters out there. All he does is recruit good players, keep most of the top players in the state at home, win most of their games while competing for a Big Ten title almost every year and doing it while not having major scandals that have brought down other coaches and teams. If his bowl coaching record and clock management skills are enough for you to want him gone I think that is very short-sighted. I think the reaction of the players is very insightful. Almost to a man they have nothing but good things to say about the guy and understand his decision. That being said I believe that in any situation like this, players who were recruited in the last two years should have the chance to transfer and play right away. If a coach can leave whenever he wants, players shouldnt be forced to sit out a year.
So who's next at the helm? Nobody knows at this point but it's a plum job and the resumes should be filling Alvarez' mailbox very quickly. I just hope that he will find somebody who can continue the winning tradition that Bielema kept going in Madison.
Ben Brust continues to shine for the Badger basketball team. He had another double-double last night in a lopsided win over Nebraska-Omaha at the Kohl Center. It's his fourth in nine games which leads the Big Ten. Wisconsin also scored big again in the 86-40 win. They play at Marquette this weekend.
The Bucks are back in action at San Antonio. You can hear the game on Foxsports1390 Am & 93.9 FM
Songs Of The Day (from my I-pod)
Let My Love Open The Door-Pete Townsend (1980) a top ten solo hit for the Who leader back in 1980...here is an acoustic version from Jool Holland's European TV show
Let Your Love Flow-Bellamy Brothers (1976) before becoming a solid hit-making country act...this duo found success with this cross-over hit that was originally offered to Neil Diamond.