To what do you attribute your successful home record (43--4 over six seasons)?
BB: We have an active crowd. I've been to stadiums with 100,000 where you can hear a pin drop because they're not interactive. It's great to see players and fans react to each other.
SI: WHAT'S YOUR RECRUITING STRATEGY?
BB: WE DON'T RECRUIT ANY PRIMA DONNAS OR KIDS WITH ATTITUDES. I'M PROUD THAT THE PAST TWO BIG TEN FRESHMEN OF THE YEAR HAVE BEEN BADGERS.
How do you defend your Iowa tattoo?
BB: There's a great quote from Abraham Lincoln, [which goes something like], "I've never met a successful man who isn't proud of where he came from." I played [defensive line] at Iowa [1989--92], it's part of my history, and it helped me get to where I am today.
Does it ever cause confusion on the recruiting trail?
[Laughs.] I guarantee you that any kid that goes to Iowa City [for a visit] and then comes here, the coaches have already told them something about it.
What are you looking forward to the most with Big Ten realignment?
BB: [Jim] Delany wanted to add value to our league by adding Nebraska, and I think that's exactly what happened. [The Cornhuskers] have a real presence in Florida; to be able to say to a kid that we'll have Nebraska on our schedule really helps our exposure down there.