It was not pleasant to see UW-Madison football coach Bret Bielema running up the score on Indiana Saturday afternoon. In the end the score was 83-20. That is just plain wrong. It was very unsportsmanlike! If indeed one of the reasons we have college sports is to instill values and core foundations within young people, then all was lost in this game on Saturday. What that game was to have taught young folks is a mystery to all.
Whatever internal compass guides Bielema needs to be adjusted. This was not the finest moment…..or anything close to it….for the UW-Madison, or the Badger football team.
In the ideal world I would hope that the Director of Athletics would take the football coach aside and tell him it was not very sportsmanlike or mature what took place at Camp Randall. But given that Barry Alvarez is the Athletic Director means shame has no heights it can not scale. Before someone counsels Bielema they need to first counsel Alvarez.
That is the problem at UW-Madison.
The very way that Bielema was made football coach a few years ago only confirmed that the UW-football program is in need of some ethics. The appointment of Bielema caused a stir because Alvarez didn’t go through the required process for filling the job.
What we have left are fans, along with folks in the press to convey what many around the state and country are saying in light of the ‘win’ yesterday. Thumbs down!
THUMBS DOWN to Bret Bielema
Granted, the UW coach is in a difficult position of having to impress pollsters to help his team’s Bowl Championship Series credentials. Still, the 83 points seemed excessive. The 74-yard bomb to Jared Abbrederis midway through the fourth quarter to make it 76-13 was piling it on and the excuse Bielema gave of giving backup quarterback Jon Budmayr a chance to pick up a first down was lame.
HOW UW FANS SEE IT
Bloodthirsty student section — cheering wildly after the 80-point margin was broken — loves versions of video-game football; older fans wonder whatever happened to Barry Alvarez showing compassion for overmatched opponents.
HOW THE POLLSTERS SEE IT
Rolling up big point totals gets noticed — just ask top-ranked Oregon — but there could be some potential backlash to going to this extreme.
I sure as hell hope so.