Bret Bielema is in his second year as the Wisconsin Badgersâ€™ coach. He was hand-picked by the great Barry Alvarez to take over Wisconsinâ€™s proud football team; Bielema was the defensive coordinator under Alvarez when he was tapped to make $7.5 million dollars over five years as the head coach and was heralded as a defensive-minded coach who would take the Badgers to the top.
And Bielema, as you would expect of a defensive whiz, has an answer to The Spread offense. That answer is: fashion.
Bret Bielema has used fashion this year to attack the Dreaded Spread offense and take UW to a 6-2 record:
He changed Wisconsinâ€™s uniforms - -but wisely did not tell the players until just before the first game. Why? He didnâ€™t want them too distracted by the thought of the new uniforms. (Even then, the Coach looked at his plan in hindsight and saw it could be improved: â€œWe had a guy model it for them and the players responded overwhelmingly in favor. They stood up and started yelling and screaming. I kind of wish I had saved it until right before kickoff because they were definitely jacked Thursday night.â€) Lesson learned, Coach. But Wisconsin won, and thatâ€™s all that counts.
Bielema did not rest on his laurels, though. He knows the importance of fashion in the football world. Having done all he could with the players â€“ he thought, more on that in a minuteâ€”Bielema brought the fans in on it, asking that they wear red and only red to the games. ``I'd love to walk into Camp Randall and see a sea of red", The Coach has said. `One of the things I began to see and experience in college football is people walk into an environment like that, with everybody all in one color, it's kind of an overwhelming thing for everybody to be a part of.'' (And you knew he was serious, because he dictated that in an e-mail.)
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