The Dating Game: Bret Bielema

April 30, 2007

In the midst of a rant about the BCS system, Notre Dame, and being disrespected, an emotional Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema broke down and started crying about his personal life, too.

“When you’re not married, you’ve got to kind of go to other people,” Bielema said.

Bielema’s plush office sits high above the grandstands at Camp Randall Stadium, with a panoramic view of the field. But yes, it sometimes gets a little lonely at the top. The coach is single and says he isn’t currently in a serious relationship.

“I’m pretty much trying to focus on the football team,” Bielema said. “I’m not saying it’s not available, or out there. But at this point, it’s very difficult, that side of my life. But also, probably because I’ve been stubborn in the past. I’ve had several multi-year relationships, and you know, when it comes time to put that little diamond ring on, I tend to get a little nervous.”

Since we can’t rewind time and watch a Sugar Bowl matchup that wasn’t terrible, we’ve done the next best thing – Bret Bielema, welcome to the Dating Game!

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Conference Draft: Round Three

April 27, 2007

Editor’s Note: On the eve of the NFL Draft, H2DN presents the Third Round of our Conference Draft, as we attempt to reorganize D-1A Football. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks!

Round One Two

1 (15) ACC: I felt like I should take another ACC team here, and Georgia Tech Yellow JacketsGeorgia Tech is a solid football team who manages to do fairly well despite Chan Gailey’s best efforts to drive the team into the ground. Read the rest of this entry »

Mike Riley Joins Fraternity of NCAA Coaches with Rollover Provisions in Contracts

April 26, 2007

Yesterday, Oregon State’s Mike Riley was handed a raise and contract extension through the 2012 season. Riley will make a base salary of $850,000 that rises each year to about $1,100,000, not including bonuses. His contract also includes new rollover provision:

Riley’s contract also stipulates that a year will be added for every season the team participates in a bowl game.

Other coaches throughout the league have rollover provisions built into their contract. For instance, Kent State’s Doug Martin’s contract rolls over another year if the team has a .625 winning percentage in the MAC or if they finish in the top two of the MAC East.

And some coaches just have to keep breathing for their rollover provision to kick in. In state rival Mike Bellotti, Navy’s Paul Johnson, and Virginia’s Al Groh are among the coaches with contracts that automatically rollover each season regardless of outcome.

The most interesting coaching contract in the league, however, belongs to Penn State’s Joe Paterno. Read the rest of this entry »

How to talk trash

April 25, 2007

Sports are both a great uniter and a great divider. It is a uniter in that it can give complete strangers who happen to be wearing the same cap an immediate connection, and make friends out of people who might never have said a word to each other otherwise. However, that’s boring. So this article will be focusing on the dividing aspects of college football, and how you can improve your trash talking on your rivals’ message boards. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Things I Hate about Butch Davis

April 24, 2007

Congratulations, Tar Heels, on your attempt at college football legitimacy by signing former University of Miami coach Butch Davis to helm your program. For a long time now UNC and Triangle buddy Duke have been the laughing stocks of the ACC, and D-1 in general. Certainly there is reason for optimism with this hiring, but as someone who has been burned by Butch in the past, I offer these caveats:

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LSU Looks To Add Revenue in 2007

April 23, 2007

In the world of College Football, money is a key factor to success. Whether you are building new facilities, paying salaries, or buying off referees you need a lot of cash. To keep up with the ever-growing expenses of running a top tier college football program, the officials at LSU have come up with a new idea.

Generally, a big school has no problems selling out games, but for low interest non-conference match-ups the school generally must charge $10 or more less than what they would charge for other games. For schools with large stadiums, this costs nearly $1 million in ticket sales alone. The athletic officials at LSU have a way to counteract this. We caught a report out of the LSU Athletic Department about “Free Lick Her” at the non-conference games.

Wanting to know more, we called the LSU Athletic Department. Read the rest of this entry »

Conference Draft: Round Two

April 22, 2007

Round One

1 (8 overall) SEC – Georgia: The SEC needed someone to win the Georgia BulldogsEast once a decade when UF and UT weren’t, so the Dawgs are here to stay. Games will still be played “between the hedges”, which will get quite a touch-up if Oregon and their band ever come to play. Read the rest of this entry »