Episode 87 - B1G Picture: Minnesota

Rich and Max add to the 2015 B1G Picture catalog with a visit from Kyle Goblirsch of Gopher 247. He talks about how the team improved in 2014, if Mitch Leidner is ready to make major strides in 2015, and if Minnesota's defense can complement what looks like an elite secondary. They close the show discussing the Jordan Stevenson fallout, what the latest roster changes mean for the team, and Rich's various (unnecessary) Twitter beefs.


  • 1:00 Banter
  • 4:00 Bret Bielema fears the Buckaround
  • 7:45 Kyle Goblirsch (aka Bizarro Evan Flood) of Gopher 24/7
  • 8:00 Gopher 2014 season recap
  • 10:15 The development of Mitch Leidner
  • 13:45 Who will catch the ball?
  • 17:15 Who will replace Cobb at RB?
  • 21:00 Are the Gophers going no huddle?
  • 22:15 Will the secondary be anything short of dominant?
  • 25:15 Who will step up in the front seven?
  • 27:45 The state of Gopher recruiting
  • 28:00 Max makes a Northern Illinois reference without saying Northern Illinois
  • 31:00 Is this the year the Gophers get the axe?
  • 38:00 B1G Media Days takeaways
  • 46:00 Devin Gaulden transfers out
  • 48:15 Kellen Jones transfers in
  • 51:00 Jordan Stevenson... Husker and the ramifications
  • 59:00 Northwestern is next week
  • 59:30 Listener feedback: What are you watching for in camp?
  • 1:00:30 Celebrity doppelg√§ngers

Episode 85 - Admissions, Athletics, and Access

In the wake of the Jordan Stevenson news, Rich and Max share their thoughts on what can be learned from the entire experience. They examine his late rejection from the university, what it means going forward, and if this is the true legacy of Gary Andersen at Wisconsin.  Finally they close the show analyzing current and future defensive depth where Max somehow compares Iowa to Alabama.  


  • 3:15 Is the Buckaround coming to your CITAAAY (if your city is College Park, MD)?
  • 7:00 Have you ordered a Buckaround shirt? Time is running out.
  • 11:15 Jordan Stevenson isn't walking through that door
  • 16:30 Why did the Chancellor reject Stevenson?
  • 19:00 Why did no one confirm Stevenson's test score hype earlier?
  • 22:00 Can we get some new Chryst photos?!?
  • 23:30 How Stevenson could bring the admission conversation to the forefront
  • 27:00 How does this change the RB depth chart?
  • 29:30 A look at the defensive depth charts
  • 30:45 Defensive End
  • 37:15 Nose Tackle
  • 41:30 Outside Linebacker
  • 45:45 Inside Linebacker
  • 50:00 Ludicrous Iowa mention
  • 51:30 Cornerback
  • 57:30 Safety
  • 1:02:45 Next episode is Nebraska. No really... We mean it.

Episode 82 - July Recruiting Rodeo with Evan Flood

Always the BuckAround's most requested guest, Evan Flood returns to the podcast to give Badger fans an update on what's happening on the recruiting trail with Wisconsin. He talks the decommitment of Craig Watts, the coaching staff's role in recruiting, academics, apparel, and how he expects the recruiting class to play out on signing day.


  • 1:30 Catching up
  • 5:30 Seriously... Order your Buckaround shirt
  • 7:50 The one and only Evan Flood
  • 8:15 What happened to Craig Watts?
  • 10:15 Compare and contrast Chryst's recruiting with Andersen's
  • 12:45 Division of labor on the staff
  • 17:25 How has covering recruiting changed with the Chryst hire?
  • 22:30 What happened with Bredeson?
  • 25:30 Impressions of in state recruiting
  • 27:45 We offer HS freshmen now?
  • 29:30 Who is handling recruiting coordinator duties?
  • 32:15 Is Bradrick Shaw the most overlooked incoming Fr?
  • 34:00 How will DB recruiting play out?
  • 35:30 Who are the top 5 remaining realistic targets?
  • 38:30 Is Antonio Williams still solid?
  • 39:45 Is there a disconnect between admissions and the staff?
  • 43:45 Is UW perceived as more rigorous academically than rivals?
  • 46:00 How important is apparel affiliation to recruits?
  • 48:30 How has Badger recruiting changed in the last 5 years?
  • 51:00 Over/Under... Final recruiting rank
  • 52:15 How does 2017 in state class look?
  • 55:45 What did we learn?
  • 58:30 Max doesn't pee

Episode 74 - Spring Practice Capstone

With spring practice officially in the rear view mirror, Rich and Max pause to reflect on what's been learned about the team over the past 15 practices. They give their impressions on the offensive line, what they saw out of the backup quarterbacks, and what they thought about the inexperienced linebackers.  They close the show with a larger discussion of Paul Chryst as a recruiter and what can be learned from his approach thus far.  


  • 2:00 The exercise of making people uncomfortable
  • 4:15 Kicking it off with a listener speak pipe
  • 5:30 Wisconsin's top concern... The offensive line?!?
  • 13:35 Rich wants to talk quarterbacks
  • 17:15 WR's are better than we thought... Maybe?
  • 24:00 Moving to the DL
  • 28:45 TJ Edwards is a player
  • 31:45 Another speak pipe message?!? Just kidding.
  • 34:15 Dare vs Deal
  • 37:30 Seriously, another speak pipe message.
  • 42:00 Crootin with Chryst
  • 55:00 Listener emails

Episode 66 - Reputation

Returning from their post signing day hiatus, Rich and Max are joined by Travis Wilson of Wisconsin Sports Network on the podcast to learn more about the dynamics of football in the state of Wisconsin. Afterwards Rich and Max discuss the significance of the departure of Thomas Brown and what the potential hire of John Settle means for the future of Badger football.  


Episode 65 - National Signing Day 2015 with Evan Flood

Let's be honest. You aren't reading this.  You don't even care what's here.  What you care about is what's INSIDE this podcast.  It's the pure buttery goodness of Evan Flood's recruiting knowledge.  And there is a LOT of it in this epsiode.  Enjoy!


  • 1:30 Rich is a Phoenix rising from Arizona
  • 6:00 Talkin Crootin with Evan Flood
  • 7:00 What position was addressed best?
  • 9:45 Why is DB always such a challenge?
  • 13:00 How has Arranda's role changed?
  • 16:30 The recruitment of Arrington Farrar
  • 20:30 How did the RB musical chairs "really" play out?
  • 25:30 UW is recruiting RB's at an elite level. Why not OL or TE?
  • 27:30 Who are the players who can contribute right away?
  • 32:30 What happened with the defensive directions?
  • 37:35 What about the WR position?
  • 40:15 Impressions on in state recruiting
  • 43:15 Lets talk Northern Illinois recruiting!!!
  • 45:30 Will Andersen's lasting legacy be recruiting?
  • 50:00 How will Chryst balance in state and out of state?
  • 53:15 What are the strengths of new staff regarding recruiting?
  • 1:00:20 Can Kafentzis start from Day 1?
  • 1:02:30 Listener questions
  • 1:23:20 Let's call it a night

Episode 64 - January Potpourri

With Signing Day just around the corner, Rich and Max take a look at Chryst's first few weeks as a recruiter in Madison, what Gary Andersen and Sam Madden's comments about Wisconsin academic standards mean in the bigger picture, and finally - FINALLY - close out the 2014 season with the 2014 Golden Bucky awards.  


Sam Madden Article on Maize N Brew

Gary Andersen Discusses Wisconsin's Academic Standards


  • 1:30 Too much to talk about.
  • 9:30 What have we seen from Chryst the recruiter?
  • 21:30 A reader email about Gary Anderson.
  • 25:00 Academics, admissions and Sam Madden.
  • 34:20 Put your tuxes on! It's the Golden Bucky's!!!
  • 35:35 Overall MVP: spoiler... It's MELVIN!!!
  • 36:25 Offensive MVP: where Rich is wrong (Alex Erickson) and says someone besides MELVIN.
  • 38:15 Defensive MVP: Warren Herring
  • 39:55 Unsung Hero: Sam Arneson
  • 41:50 Biggest Disappointment: Rich has Love. Max has Shelton
  • 44:35 Freshman of the Year: Fumigalli for Max and Obasih for Rich
  • 46:00 Offensive Future Star: where Rich (picking George Rushing) mocks Max for the correct answer (Clement).
  • 48:00 Defensive Future Star: Figaro for Max and Sheehy for Rich
  • 50:20 Worst Game: LSU for Max and Northwestern for Rich
  • 53:50 Best Game: it's Auburn
  • 56:00 Play of the Year: Max says Love's jet sweep vs LSU but Rich says MELVIN on 4th and 1 vs Auburn
  • 58:30 That's a wrap on 2014

Episode 30 - Gary Andersen Q & A with Kyle Kafentzis

Rich and Max are joined by Kyle Kafentzis - father of 2015 QB commit Austin Kafentzis and long time high school football coach - to discuss Gary Andersen as a coach, recruiter, and developer of talent.  With a decade of coaching experience in Utah, Kyle has seen Andersen through the years as an assistant under both Urban Meyer and Kyle Whittingham as well as his time as a head coach at Utah State.  Kyle tells us what separates Gary from his head coaching peers in Utah, what's wrong with the Elite 11 competition, and what Andersen saw in his son that made him the first quarterback offered in the 2015 class.  A really unique perspective on the coach and football program.  


Episode 26 - Reunited

With Max back, he and Rich talk through Rich's Stave Injury worries, review Wisconsin's monster recruiting weekend, give their thoughts on Gary Andersen as a recruiter in general, and name their 5 most important Badgers for 2014.  


Jesse Temple's 25 Most important Badgers for 2014


Episode 24 - Summer Camp with Evan Flood

Evan Flood makes his long-awaited return to the BuckAround to give a summer update on Wisconsin recruiting.  He talks about the Badgers' recruiting success in Texas, positive steps in Michigan, the staff's efforts to find hidden gems in far away places, and even answers listener questions.  It's a jam packed show that even includes a breakdown of Nick Saban's love of watersports.  

For listeners, below is a link to the greatest video clip in the history of watersports:

Nick Saban Took a Bunch of Alabama Players Tubing


Episode 19 - Recruiting Grab Bag

Putting off the continuation of the B1G Picture series for a week, Max and Rich talk Wisconsin recruiting from some different angles including budgets, athletic department revenues, the importance of proper pronunciation in Illinois case law, and why national sports writers know very little about college football.  Who knew you could talk college football for an hour in May and not even touch on the NFL draft?


Episode 9 - National Signing Day Wrap Up with Evan Flood

Evan Flood joins the BuckAround to break down the Badgers 2014 recruiting class. It's our best show yet.  Mostly because we let Evan do most the talking!