Fans react to Bielema depature

CREATED Dec. 4, 2012

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MADISON - They say timing is everything and a lot of Badgers feel Bret Bielema's timing is poor -- accepting another job before his team is to play in its third Rose Bowl.

"I don't think we'll miss him that much," quipped Ben Wartgow.

By late afternoon, news of Bret Bielema's departure from the Badgers took over sports television as fans watched in disbelief.

"Not happy Bielema is leaving. He was a good coach," said Anthony Sturino after the news flashed before him.

Emotions over the news range between disappointment and anger.

"I felt a little betrayed," Ben Wartgow said." You know? I mean us Wisconsin sports fans, we're pretty loyal people and just to have the coach leave like that right before a bowl game..."

Some Badger Backers tell me they're ready for a new era in coaching following a rough season.

"You know he hasn't been the best place coach of recent so I think it
will be interesting to shake things up," said Kevin Dunphy.

And reactions are just as mixed on whether Bielema should finish out his time by coaching the Rose Bowl.

Wartgow strongly feels the answer is "no".

"I think it would be a good ending to everything if he were to coach through it."

There's been a call for AD and former coach Barry Alvarez to return to the role for the rose bowl.

Fans who don't want to see Bielema on the sideline think that would be a great idea.

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