Badgers Fans Are Enjoying Bret Bielema’s Firing
Bret Bielema received notice after Arkansas’ loss to Missouri that he would not be continuing on as their head coach. Badgers fans rushed to their computers, phones and tablets to tweet out #Karma or something to that effect. They relished in the fact Bielema is no longer a coach in college football. As the day went on, we saw some backlash of people taking joy in these sort of things speaking all of the great things about Bielema was during his time at Wisconsin. That said, the comments and the way he left burned a bridge with many Badgers fans.
Sports are a different world than business. You would never celebrate someone’s firing in the business world, but in the sports world, it’s part of the experience. Arkansas fans are going nuts that they could possibly have Auburn’s coach Gus Malzahn as their head coach. Nebraska just fired Mike Riley, and their fans are celebrating the opportunity of bringing UCF’s coach Scott Frost home. And if a coach left your program for a better opportunity, fans are going to relish in the fact that they are so much better off without Bielema.
Here’s a simple rule to live by for coaches if they don’t want fans of their other teams to not celebrate their demise – Don’t be an asshole. Bielema left completely out of nowhere to take the Arkansas job then Jen Bielema, Bret’s wife, tweeted out #karma after Wisconsin lost to Arizona State in the last second. Badgers fans (Truthfully, all college sports fans) are sensitive and petty as all hell, therefore, they are not going to let Bielema get a pass for leaving Wisconsin.
With the firings of Gary Andersen and Bielema, Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez proves why he’s the King of Madison. He is the one who comes out smelling like a rose. Now, the Andersen hire could have been a bigger disaster than it was for the couple of years, but Alvarez righted the ship with Paul Chryst. Since Bielema leaving Wisconsin, the Badgers haven’t missed a beat. This is a testament to what Alvarez put together in Wisconsin.
See ya later, Bret, but I will not be surprised if he’s a coordinator in the Big Ten next season.