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BRET BIELEMA
CHRIS MAHR
August 16, 2011
ON ENTHUSIASM AT CAMP RANDALL AND PRIDE IN HIS TATTOO
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August 16, 2011

Bret Bielema

ON ENTHUSIASM AT CAMP RANDALL AND PRIDE IN HIS TATTOO

SI: 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.

SI: 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.

SI: Does it ever cause confusion on the recruiting trail?

BB: [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.

SI: 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.

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