Re:College Football 2012-13!
There may have been some turmoil between Bielema and Barry Alvarez behind the scenes. Bielema may have wanted bigtime SEC style money for his assistants who eventually left, or he may have wanted a super lopsided contract like Kirk Ferentz has at Iowa.
Bielema was a total killer for teams like Indiana, Purdue, Minnesota, and Illinois. He cried on the field after finally beating Iowa in 2010, played .500 against the other top seven teams the conference, and won one out of six against Ohio State. The close game losses on hail mary passes or overtime periods could have been karma for the 70 point beatdowns on the weaker teams.
Bielema had been making last minute plane flights to top tier quarterbacks across the country in the last days of recruiting for the past several years. All but one basically turned him down. You could see the potential when the team had one great athletic NFL ready guy running the offense. The other guys over the years were awkward kids dedicated to the program, living within the system, destined for NFL backup jobs at best.
Does he really think he is going to get the talent to play even with the big programs in the SEC West? Arkansas once fired a coach overnight after a loss, had fans rebel and dig into the personal life of Houston Nutt, then had an offseason fiasco with Bobby Petrino, and John L. Smith having some bizarro press conference where he screams at reporters about football being fun and just a game because Smith just had a family member die and is going through financial trouble.