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BRET BIELEMA
CHRIS MAHR
August 21, 2012
ON RECRUITING BADGER TYPES AND THE THRILL OF A TITLE
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August 21, 2012

Bret Bielema

ON RECRUITING BADGER TYPES AND THE THRILL OF A TITLE

SI: With a large number of your players being from Wisconsin, what's your out-of-state recruiting strategy?

BB: Even out of state we try to find Wisconsin-type kids: Kids who do right academically, handle themselves socially and love football. Our best recruiters are our current athletes and their parents.

SI: YOU MARRIED YOUR LONGTIME GIRLFRIEND, JEN, IN MARCH. HOW'S MARRIED LIFE?

BB: IT'S PROVIDED BALANCE IN MY LIFE. SOMETIMES I HAVE TO TAKE PHONE CALLS AT LESS THAN IDEAL MOMENTS, BUT WE'RE ENJOYING IT. THE KEY IS TO FIND THE RIGHT PERSON.

SI: How was your experience participating in the inaugural Big Ten championship game?

BB: That might have been the most exciting environment of all the games I've ever played or coached in. Winning the game made it that much better.

SI: Describe the community service you and the rest of the football program perform.

BB: My mom is a two-time breast-cancer survivor, and she has been a big inspiration for me. Two years ago we wore special memorabilia to celebrate breast-cancer awareness in our win against No. 1 Ohio State. That was a karma win if there ever was one.

SI: How often do you talk with your predecessor, and current AD, Barry Alvarez?

BB: Very seldom a day goes by without our talking. He's a great sounding board. Also, everyone loves to meet him—especially the players' parents.

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