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DAN PATRICK
December 17, 2012
SAY WHAT?
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December 17, 2012

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SAY WHAT?

Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez told me he didn't expect coach Bret Bielema to suddenly announce he was leaving for Arkansas. "I'm a little surprised that I didn't have some indication that he was going to talk [to another school]," Alvarez said. "But I understand the business." ... Bret Bielema, who had been the Badgers' coach for seven years, explained why he didn't reach out to Alvarez before accepting his new job. "I needed to take it before I saw him," Bielema said. "I know how convincing he can be." ... USC quarterback Matt Barkley commented on how the preseason hype affected the Trojans this season. "We had high expectations," Barkley told me, "but the media expected us to win every single game by 50 points in stylish fashion. It didn't happen according to plan. As a team it affected us a little too much." ... I asked Archie Manning if winning an MVP would be extra special for Peyton after coming back from an injury with a new team. "I don't know," Archie said. "He's got a house full of them."

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