Bielema will be out of Madison within five years for one of two possible reasons...slipping performance or some sort of personal misconduct.
I think personal misconduct is more likely than slipping performance.
I feel that the Wisconsin administration, and most certainly BA, understand that Wisconsin is not one of the teams which will win 9 or 10 games every year, and as long as Wisconsin is making a bowl game on a yearly basis a coach is not going to be fired. Wisconsin has had an amazing streak the past 15 years, especially considering that before BA Wisconsin Football had as much an impact on things as the University of Miami hockey team does.
So, as long as Wisconsin is above .500, I think the administration is not going to fire a coach. However, if Wisconsin has another 10 years playing at a high level (9+ wins a year), then expectations will be much higher than they are now.
Well, I don't know about you but as a Badger fan I've grown to expect more out of the team than a better than .500 year, I don't need another ten years of 9-10 win seasons to feel that way. I think your perception of what is satisfactory at Wisconsin is a bit low.
I'm talking about the administration side, as well as commenting about how, in general, Wisconsin football will be more likely to accept a couple down years (7-5, 8-4), than many other schools are.
I was, in other words, saying that the University of Wisconsin, and its fans, do not have outrageous expectations of its football and 2-3 sub-par (7-5, 8-4) seasons will not lead to a coach being fired. Which, in my mind, is a good thing, especially in this day in age where some programs are willing to wield the axe after one bad year.
Paladium is spot on with this one.
Often times his opinions and judgments might be a bit skewed about the UW football program, but he hit the nail on the head this time.
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