So, what's next for Bucky?
This is the question I would much rather focus on. For the immediate future, I love the fact that Barry Alvarez is going to coach the Rose Bowl for a few reason. In terms of the game itself, it allows the coordinators and position coached to focus on their game plans and getting their players ready. Barry will handle the media and be a motivating presence on the ﬁeld. That, and I get to watch Barry Alvarez coach again, who doesn't want that?
The long term future of the Wisconsin football program is what becomes a little tricky to ﬁgure out. I'm sure nobody at Wisconsin was thinking about how they would have to ﬁnd a new head coach in the middle of this successful run they have been on. Now we have to hope the coaching change doesn't have an ill effect on recruiting or the continuity of the program. The good news is that for the most part,our current recruits still seem committed to Wisconsin, some even saying Alvarez is a bigger inﬂuence than Bielema. As for who the next head coach should be, I think there are two trains a thought that can
The second way the program could go in ﬁnding their next head coach, is to look for a "prospect" head coach. It's could be a guy that has little experience coaching at the Division 1 level, a hot coordinator from another school, a successful small school coach, or a fan favorite "home town" guy, such as Paul Chryst, Darrel Bevell, or Dave Doeren. This would be someone who you think is going to be a successful head coach and who you want to groom into the face of your schools program. The draw back to the "prospect" coach is that it may take a few seasons for him to get established, with the fan base, in the recruiting front or to even get his feet under him.
Wisconsin, in my opinion, is in a position to continue being competitive right now and for the future. To me, this means that the better option would be to ﬁnd that "big name" head coach that can come in and continue the successful run that this programs on, maybe even elevate this team. As for who speciﬁcally I want as the next head coach of Wisconsin? I'll wait to see what names pop up on the radar after watching Barry coach the Rose Bowl.
Until next time, Beers, Brats, and Championships.
- Ryan Garcia (@ryan_937)
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