Bielema guides Wisconsin through rocky offseason

First-year Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema has a top-notch coaching resumé and is already making tough decisions for the Badgers.

Originally Published: March 13, 2006
By Bruce Hooley | Special to
He didn't know exactly how flawless his foresight was at the time.

It's only now that he looks back upon where he chose to play college football and the course that decision charted for him that Bret Bielema figures he should be clinking beers with those two guys in the Guinness commercial.

Let's see, Bielema played for Hayden Fry, coached for Hayden Fry, then for Kirk Ferentz, Bill Snyder and Barry Alvarez, and then became Division I-A's youngest head coach at age 36.