Bielema not in favor of 9 game conference schedule
University of Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema touched on a variety of newsworthy topics in an interview Monday with local media at the annual Big Ten Conference Football Media Days.
Minutes after hearing commissioner Jim Delany say it’s likely the Big Ten will go to nine conference games in the near future, Bielema probably voiced the opinion of the coaches when he said:
“I know one conference that did it is the Pac-10 Conference and they’re trying to do everything they can to get out of it. Maybe we ought to look at history.”
The biggest argument Bielema has against it is the imbalance created by having half of the teams with five conference home games and half with four.
“In this conference, a home game is a tremendous advantage,” Bielema said. “Years you have five versus years you have four, I bet you would be a dramatic difference.”
Bielema didn’t seem to mind that Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was tabbed by the media as the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, even though UW junior running back John Clay returns after winning the award last year.
“I’m glad it was (Pryor),” Bielema said. “John’s got enough things on his plate, with Heisman talk.”
It is going to be very interesting how the Big Ten expansion will affect the Badgers. I hope we will still have seven games a year at Camp Randall. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!