In college football, schools like USC,
Travel north into Big Ten territory and
It’s about time
It would be naïve to think that UW would be able to immediately compete with the above-mentioned non-conference powerhouses in the world of recruiting. It’s simply out of the question. But in the close-knit neighborhood known as the Big Ten Conference, there’s no reason
But right now, it’s not.
The Buckeyes and Wolverines landed the first 10. Fine; I can live with that. But tell me how Ron Zook was able to land No. 11, defensive tackle Corey Liuget from the state of
In basketball, Bo Ryan hasn’t been able to do much better. The 2007-08 Badger roster featured one kid from
Talk about home cooking.
To his credit, Ryan did branch out this past season and by landing 6-foot-6 forward Ryan Evans from the state of
Don’t get me wrong; numbers don’t mean everything, by any means. These lists mean virtually nothing at this point. Alando Tucker wasn’t highly recruited and look what he did. There’s something to be said for selecting players that fit the UW systems.
It’s hard to criticize when both Ryan and Bielema’s programs have been so successful over the past few years. They’re obviously doing something right. But I can’t help but wonder what would have happened had Ryan had a couple of athletes from outside the Midwest bubble to compliment Joe Krabbenhoft, Brian Butch, and Michael Flowers or had Coach B had a drop-back, pocket-passing quarterback who could start for three years not named John Stocco.
In their respective sports, Ryan and Bielema have teams that can perennially compete. But for some reason, both have trouble marketing a school that shouldn’t be tough to market at all.
So what’s the problem? Don’t blame the weather;
I have no solution; that’s why I’m typing and not on the sidelines.
But the foundations are in place; both programs are now consistent national contenders. It’s time to put in the effort to bring some national recruits to