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Nobody At Wisconsin Is Saying "It's Too Bad Bret [Bielema] Left", According To AD Alvarez

Harsh.

The University of Wisconsin football program experienced a ton of success under former coach Bret Bielema -- the Badgers were 68-24 during his time at the school. This offseason, Bielema decided to take his talents to Arkansas to become the head man for the Razorbacks.

While you would think that losing a coach the caliber of Bielema would be a sad moment for the program (even despite a solid hire in Gary Andersen), athletic director Barry Alvarez indicated that is not the case. In fact, he seemed to stress the opposite when speaking to Dan Wolken of USA Today:

"I've got to tell you, and I'm not saying this negatively because Bret did a good job for us, but I haven't had one person say, 'Well, it's too bad Bret left' or 'We were sorry to see Bret leave' or 'Couldn't you have paid the assistants more money to keep him?' Not one."

Ouch.

Of course, Wisconsin isn't sitting around miserably ruing the day it lost Bielema, but you'd expect a little less harsh analysis of the situation from an athletic director -- I'm sure that somebody would still like Bret around. At the very least, it's hard to fault Bielema for wanting his assistant coaches to get paid more to keep them on board -- Bret was simply trying build a more stable program.

Either way, both Wisconsin and Arkansas are expecting big things for the fall -- neither Bret nor Barry should be too concerned about the split.

[Saturday Down South via USA Today]