This Bielema Quote Strikes Me As Arrogant

Submitted by Voltron on November 21st, 2010 at 2:22 AM

From ESPN:


"What we do isn't pretty," Bielema said. "A lot of places, there's a certain emphasis on being pretty and being individualized on players."

That seemed to be a shot at Michigan, especially after Bielema was asked aboutDenard Robinson's 360-yard, four-TD performance.

"For them, that's great," Bielema said. "We would never recruit to that."


Seems very bigoted to me and disrespectful to a guy that played a pretty good game and the Michigan program as a whole. I don't know why he would say anything here other than typical coach-speak (i.e. he's a great player, we struggled to contain him, yadda yadda yadda), but maybe I'm missing something.



November 21st, 2010 at 2:30 AM ^

You can also take it to mean Bielema knows he can't get that kind of talent.

Really though Wisconsin is like the classless version of Iowa.  With Iowa you a bunch of 2 and 3 stars and a lot of gritty players.  They always get a lot of those guys and do well and I always find myself rooting for them to a degree and amazed at how much mileage they get from those kids.

Wisconsin is basically the douchebag version of that same setup.  I kind of hope they got to the Rose Bowl and get bombed back into the Stone Age by an Oregon point a minute offense.  


November 21st, 2010 at 7:51 AM ^

Right after the game and of course some trash talking badgers were behind me saying all kinds of disrespectful things. I simply said to my brother (loud enough that they could hear), " if somehow Wisconsin ends up playing the Ducks in the rosebowl I bet they look at tape of the second half", when we put up 300 yards in about twelve minutes. They quieted down after that.


November 21st, 2010 at 2:31 AM ^

simple as that. i had a great conversation the whole game with the Badgers behind me (i was atop Section 9... or 7?) and they pretty much acknowledged last week was flat out embarrassment to have a coach do. bielema has lost too many close games and had his job challenged as a result so when he has a win by the balls, he seems to want to run with it.


November 21st, 2010 at 10:37 AM ^

I'd like to beat them there, and say afterwards, "They couldn't stop our run. Plain and simple."

Also - dick move to repeatedly cut block Mike Martin - most of the time illegally. Bielema is a piece of work.


November 21st, 2010 at 2:31 AM ^

He walloped us.  Winners can say what they want, I won't hold it against him just because we were helpless to stop them.  I didn't blame him for "running up" the score on IU last week, either. It's the Big Ten, big boy football, it's not Bielema's job to keep the score low or respectable.


November 21st, 2010 at 2:59 AM ^

Well, really our whole team pretty much revolves around one player.  99% of our press exposure this year has been because of Denard. I would even say we've had more press exposure that Wisconsin has overall because of him. So I understand if Bielema is a little frustrated that his one-loss team has been overshadowed by one player on a lower-tier team in the conference. 


November 21st, 2010 at 3:06 AM ^

I can understand the way that can find it's way into someone's head.  The issue is he's a head football coach of a major University and should hold yourself to a higher standard and stronger control then a 10th grade cheerleader.

O man i cant believe I'm going to compare this BUT...take sweater vest for example.  He has a habit of complimenting us(ugh) after each game these last  years.  I dont have to like the guy, I dont have to like where he works, but I can respect how he handles his PR.


November 21st, 2010 at 9:55 AM ^

So I understand if Bielema is a little frustrated that his one-loss team has been overshadowed by one player on a lower-tier team in the conference.

The reason nobody is talking about Wiscy is not because of Denard, and not because his team is boring to watch, but because there is no reason to believe that they will be relevant nationally at the end of the season, and with only a couple of weeks left everyone cares about who will play for the MNC and nothing else.  Wiscy was roughed up by MSU, struggled against ASU, beat a good-but-not-great OSU team, and outside of the 83-20 score (which drew some calls that it was, you know, dickish to run up the score) haven't done much to deserve national attention.  He's just going to have to live with that, and next year when he struggles to win more than 7-8 games he'll have to deal with that reality as well.  Bielema seems like a massive tool, and I'm fairly certain that sentiment is shared by most B10 fans now in Madison. 


November 21st, 2010 at 6:13 AM ^

...that winners can say what they want, his comments seem to eminate from personal animosity for RR and a jealousy for Michigan's status nationally. I would have been more judicious with my words, but he's a relatively ignorant football coach who isn't exactly the brightest bulb in the box. Reminds me a little of Dantonio and the comments he likes to make.


November 21st, 2010 at 11:39 AM ^

Probably just an overall lack of respect for this program with a lack of fear too.  Troubling that b level coaches like this seem to a. beat us and b. view us as yesterday's news.   They run their mouths without apparent worry that it will hurt their teams.



November 21st, 2010 at 8:05 AM ^

Lot of whining going on on the board these days.  Folks reading into a player throwing a show or praying in the endzone.  It'd be different if they planted their flag on the block M, but this is just an interpretation of a quote.

Bill in Birmingham

November 21st, 2010 at 8:50 AM ^

Now, a note to the Wisconsin coach:

Enjoy your run Bielema. The class you have built for is about to be gone. RR is building for the long haul. Your fifteen minutes are up and watch us run away from you literally and figuratively. Enjoy the view, asshole.


November 21st, 2010 at 2:35 AM ^

is a douche.  He's still VERY sore over 2008's loss to UM and he's not even trying to hide it.  During the game when he was asked about it you could see the hairs stand up on his neck.

Wisconsin is now #3 on my payback list. 







edit: Btw you know what stood out for me during the game?  When that Olineman threw DRobs shoe 15 yeards the other direction after the play was over.  Then see him grinning like an oaf because he was as shocked as anyone that he actually managed to tackle him.  The UW program reeks of this attitude.  I cant agree more with the statement of a classless Iowa.  I like Iowa players a lot, and even though they dont get many top 200 talent, they win on heart and show class more then many.


November 21st, 2010 at 10:26 AM ^

don't think he's obligated to return the item to the player, just drop it like he did.  if he wanted to delay the game, he could have either held on to it or actually thrown it 15 yards like he's being accused of doing. at least he threw it towards our backfield.  i imagine the 1st thing that came to the kid's mind is shoeless should tie his f&^ing shoes. 


November 21st, 2010 at 10:42 AM ^

Would you think he wouldn't get a delay of game/unsportsmanlike conduct for throwing that downfield?

It was a classless thing to do, but emotions get the best of you in the heat of a game. That said he should have been penalized, but it's not a huge deal that he wasn't. However, combined with Bielema's comments, constant cut blocks on Martin, and the fact that yes, we lost and I hate losing, it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. So I now hate Wisconsin, and Bielema.


November 21st, 2010 at 3:07 AM ^

after there 4th or 5th loss next year, i'm sure he'll be a little more humble. replacing 19 starters will have that effect, you can pretty much count on that. on the other hand, getting 19 starters back next year will be quite nice.


November 21st, 2010 at 11:23 AM ^

In the entire history of Big 10 scheduling has their EVER been a good team fall off our schedule?  Or conversely, has their EVER been a bad team on it?   I am amazed at our ability year after freaking year to get teams at their peaks and miss teams when they hit the valley.


November 21st, 2010 at 12:56 PM ^

It's even worse because it always seems like MSU has the exact opposite. While this is without a doubt the best team they've had in a couple years, I don't think they'd have a chance at the title if OSU were on the schedule.

Edit: I forgot to point out that they are also extremely lucky when the new divisions take effect with their protected "rivalry" game against Indiana every year.


November 21st, 2010 at 4:03 AM ^

He's taken heat from fans and the media for having a plodding, boring style.  When that style gets him a win he's gonna crow about it. 

BUT . . . he's not going away.  That's at least one Big Ten team that's not going to switch to the spread and WE BETTER LEARN HOW TO DEFEND AGAINST IT.

If our D is built to stop spread teams (assuming that it is actually built to stop something), it will need to adjust.

great slight hope

November 21st, 2010 at 7:45 AM ^

Every time I hear hater-ish quotes like this, that insult other programs an their players, it makes me glad we have RR. He's always above making these sorts of comments.

And seriously, calling Denard "individualized"?