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.
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.
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.
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.