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 81 - B1G Picture: Maryland (and JS Comments too!)

With Max away this week, Rich navigates the Maryland portion of the B1G Picture with only the help of Roman Stubbs, Maryland Football and Basketball beatwriter for the Washington Post. They discuss the Terrapin's first year in the B1G, how the program replaces some significant losses in the offseason, and the future of Randy Edsall as hard football coach.  Rich is then joined by Andy Schaaf, creator of the not-so-famous JSComments twitter account, to do some listener Q&A surrounding recruiting, Jordan Stevenson's impact as a true freshman, and the finer points of automotive maintenance. 


  • 1:30 Max is a traveling man
  • 2:45 Roman Stubbs of the Washington Post
  • 3:15 Impressions of Terrapins first year in the B1G
  • 6:30 The O Line and its young talent
  • 12:00 Is there a primary RB?
  • 14:30 Is Caleb Rowe the starting QB?
  • 17:45 What type of QB does Edsall want long term?
  • 19:15 Who is catching the ball?
  • 22:45 How will the DC change impact the scheme?
  • 26:30 Is the secondary the team's defensive strength?
  • 29:15 Is the defense better suited for the B1G than in 2014?
  • 32:45 What is Randy Edsall's job security?
  • 37:30 Is the Maryland fan base embracing the move to the B1G?
  • 43:00 Have you ordered your Buckaround shirt yet? Why not?
  • 46:15 We have listener questions
  • 47:00 Bigger, Stringer, Faster... Let's talk strength coach
  • 51:45 What if Jordan Stevenson doesn't qualify academically?
  • 56:45 Recruits and Twitter... Why?
  • 1:00:15 Does UW win the B1G West?
  • 1:05:15 Talk about James Franklin
  • 1:11:15 Does an Ohio State University run the table?
  • 1:14:15 Will the Badgers have a Top 25 signing class this year?
  • 1:23:15 Scheduling theory
  • 1:28:30 B1G East vs B1G West
  • 1:30:15 Guess who's back? Back again. JS Comments. Tell your friends
  • 1:37:30 Thanks everybody!

Episode 80 - B1G Picture: Iowa

Marc Morehouse returns to the BuckAround to share his thoughts on the current state of the Hawkeyes.  He discusses the disappointing 2014 campaign and the subsequent off season fallout, what to expect from CJ Beathard as quarterback, and who can fill the holes left by the loss of Carl Davis and Louis Trinca-Pasat on defense.  Afterwards, Rich attacks Max's "Chryst revisionism" before contrasting the geographic distribution of offers between the Chyrst, Andersen, and Bielema regimes.  


  • 3:00 Max is the real MVP
  • 5:20 Marc Morehouse was fooled into coming on the show again
  • 6:45 Why are people so angry about Iowa's 2014?
  • 10:00 What to make of Iowa's January press conference?
  • 12:45 Why was the decision to start CJ Beathard at QB made so quick?
  • 16:45 Thoughts on the change at OC
  • 20:45 The OL and the running game
  • 25:15 Who will play the "ball moving" positions?
  • 30:45 What's the identity of the defense
  • 35:30 Wins prediction?
  • 40:00 Over/Under
  • 47:45 Wisconsin Crootin
  • 59:45 Rich's Research Corner
  • 1:15:30 The hosts attempt to determine when they will pod again. Fail.

Episode 79 - Spring Scouting Report with Space Coyote

Making his 3rd appearance on the show, Logan Larson (a.k.a. Space Coyote) returns to the podcast to dissect the Badger spring game. He handicaps the backup quarterback race, evaluates the talent available at wide receiver, has high hopes for the defensive line and explains why Leon Jacobs is one of his breakout stars for 2015. All the while fending off Max's best efforts to turn this podcast into a preview of Illinois. 


  • 1:30 It's all Badgers tonight
  • 6:00 Making his THIRD appearance... Logan Larson aka the Space Coyote
  • 7:00 All B1G breakout team starting... Wait for it... Joel Stave
  • 12:00 The competition for the backup QB
  • 19:45 What's the Deal with Taiwan?
  • 24:45 Some surprise standouts on the OL
  • 30:15 Are UW WR's going to be awful?
  • 32:10 TE's appear solid
  • 33:45 Is the DL the most improved unit on the defense?
  • 37:45 Let's talk about Leon Jacobs... A lot.
  • 46:20 Will the defense perform better against top offenses?
  • 55:00 Where for art thou Austin Kafentzis? (spoiler: it's Nevada)

Episode 78 - B1G Picture: Michigan

With their second installment of the offseason, Rich and Max take the B1G Picture series to Ann Arbor where they are joined by Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press. They discuss the failings of the Hoke regime, the excitement that Jim Harbaugh has brought to the Michigan program, and what to expect of the team in 2015. Rich and Max give their thoughts on Michigan as well and close the show with the major announcement:

The BuckAround is in the apparel business


1:00 Rich has nothing to say
1:55 Our guest tonight is Mark Snyder
2:30 What went wrong with Brady Hoke?
6:30 How do the Camp Harbaughs work?
9:30 Is the secondary the best unit?
11:45 The loss of Jake Ryan and the remaining LB's
12:45 Talk about the DL
14:15 What should we expect from the OL?
16:45 Is the QB position Jake Ruddock's to lose?
19:45 The depth at RB
21:00 Jake Butt and the other pass catchers
22:20 Who will kick the ball?
23:45 How much of MSU's rise is because of UM being down?
25:15 What to expect from UM this year
26:30 How long will Harbaugh be at UM?
31:00 Rich's bold prediction
39:15 Rich reveals his bold prediction
47:30 Speakpipe question/endorsement
50:45 That's a wrap.


Episode 77 - B1G Picture: Rutgers

Rich and Max officially kick off the B1G Picture series with a discussion of Rutgers football with Dan Duggan of NJ.com. Dan breaks down the quarterback battle, the depth concerns on defense, and what Rutgers can be as a football team in 2015 and beyond.  Rich and Max close the show discussing the latest in Badgers recruiting, read some listener mail, and lament the loss of Jesse Temple on the Badger football beat.  


  • 1:15 Sargent Major Max
  • 2:45 The Revenge of Dan Duggan
  • 3:20 2014 Rutgers Recap
  • 4:30 The tale of Jeff Towers
  • 6:30 The Ralph Friedgen situation
  • 10:30 Who's gonna be the QB?
  • 13:00 And who will they throw to?
  • 15:00 The RB's will be a strength
  • 19:00 The OL has questions
  • 20:30 The DL has some stars and some issues.
  • 23:00 The LB's lack depth
  • 24:30 What's left in the secondary?
  • 26:00 2015 and beyond
  • 31:45 Rutgers place in the B1G
  • 34:45 Rich and Max talk about Rutgers behind Dan's back.
  • 38:30 The sky is falling 
  • 51:45 Breaking... Listeners love shoutouts
  • 53:15 Bold prediction feedback
  • 1:02:00 Jesse Temple is leaving Fox Sports Wisconsin

Episode 76 - Off Season Freak Out

It may be May, but Rich and Max have no shortage of Badgers news thanks to the announcement of Austin Kafentzis' transfer out of the Wisconsin program.  They discuss his rapid fall from favor, what this means for depth, and how this may in fact be a sign of health in the program.  They also, with some help from some really strong listener submissions, tackle their bold predictions for 2015.  They both feel like this is Stave's year while spending lots of time talking about - what else - punting.


  • 1:15 Rich has the constitution of a butterfly
  • 2:30 The podcasting gods give the... The Austin Kafentzis saga
  • 23:00 The Guy at the Top: The Joel Stave Story
  • 25:00 Bold Prediction Time
  • 25:15 QB Predictions
  • 33:30 Punting Predictions
  • 35:30 Alabama Game Predictions
  • 38:30 Alex Erickson Predictions
  • 41:15 Running Back Predictions
  • 42:45 Tight End Predictions
  • 45:00 Defense and ST Predictions (non punter division)
  • 51:00 Bowl Predictions
  • 54:00 Scheduling Predictions
  • 56:30 Wrap Up

Episode 75 - The Badger Media Non-Frenzy with Dave Heller

After a months-long courtship, the BuckAround is finally joined by Dave Heller, Digital Content Manager (and all around good guy) of Fox Sports Wisconsin and Fox Sports North. Dave breaks down the mechanics of covering the Badgers on a day to day basis. He outlines the mechanics of Athletics Communcations departments, where reporters get sources, and how reporters react to being lied to by team officials.  Rich and Max close the show with a discussion of the popular "reuturn of the B1G" narrative and some viewer mail surrounding punters (of course) and Max's workout regimen.  


Dave's Matt Canada Article



  • 1:15 Max's grandparents were married 75 years!!!
  • 6:00 The Buckaround's Moby Dick... Dave Heller
  • 9:15 Access to college athletes
  • 15:00 Badger coverage compared to other teams
  • 19:15 How UW administration is so good at controlling info.
  • 24:45 How does a coach lying impact media relations?
  • 27:30 How does a coach being familiar impact media relations?
  • 33:30 Narrative arcs
  • 35:30 have B1G coaches been upgraded? A retrospective
  • 56:45 Listener emails including one on Hans, Franz and Max
  • 1:03:00 Wrap up and call for predictions

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 73 - Spring Wrap up with Jesse Temple

Rich & Max are joined by Fox Sports Wisconsin's Jesse Temple to draw Wisconsin's 2015 spring to a close. Jesse gives insights on UW's offense and defense and what he saw from Paul Chryst's first spring practice at head coach. And of course, hair and men's fashion.



Gordon Motivated by not Becoming a 1st Round Bust 


  • 1:20 Hobby talk
  • 4:20 New Home Owner Jesse Temple
  • 5:20 Back up QB battle
  • 8:55 The RB situation and Deal vs Dare
  • 11:30 Listener question and a discussion about the WRs.
  • 17:30 Is the Wisconsin OL a concern?
  • 20:20 Status of the DL
  • 22:40 Are the LB's actually a strength?
  • 24:40 Wisconsin Defense 2015: More Pressure and Stuff
  • 26:20 Tanner Talk
  • 28:30 The Best Question
  • 31:45 Who will return the kicks?
  • 33:15 The coaching staff and the media
  • 38:50 Prop bets
  • 46:30 MELVIN Gordon's honesty
  • 52:15 Wrap up

Episode 72 - Media Relations

After taking a week off (OK, a week and a half!) Rich and Max return to discuss the latest developments in spring practice.  They look at the depth at running back, the questions at wide receiver, and the pronunciation of Alex Hornibrook's name.  They close the show with Rich's theory on why the Badgers have had such a "quiet" spring.



  • 2:00 Maxwell Brusky: Podcast Superstar
  • 5:30 Spring practice... Just kidding. It's rambling. Mikey Dudek is the new Iowa.
  • 9:30 We are #TeamDare and other RB talk.
  • 16:15 Alex Hornibrook is strong out the gate.
  • 20:45 Weekly (semi-weekly) McEvoy talk and the WR's.
  • 26:00 Sojourn Shelton rebounds.
  • 29:10 Paul Chryst is NOT a quote machine.
  • 40:30 Good night.

Episode 71 - Spring Mid-Terms: 2015 Edition

Making his annual spring practice pilgrimage to the BuckAround, B5Q's Luke Mueller joins the podcast to give Rich and Max an update on what he's seeing with Paul Chryst's Badgers this spring.  He breaks down the progression of the quarterbacks, if Dare Ogunbowale can be the #2 running back, and what the new faces at inside linebacker bring to the table.  He even finds time to give some hot punting takes!


  • 1:30 We are the Giving Tree
  • 3:30 Can YOU help with the archives?
  • 6:00 Return of the Jedi, Luke Mueller
  • 8:05 Bart Houston looks solid. Not at punter…at quarterback!
  • 11:45 Compare and contracts Alex Hornibrook and Austin Kafentzis
  • 14:15 Let’s talk Dare, Deal and Kinlaw
  • 18:55 Who will catch the ball?
  • 23:30 New coaches getting Settled…get it?
  • 27:50 The Lines
  • 35:10 Inside Linebackers: what do we have here?
  • 40:55 Trezy…I think, and the last line of defense
  • 46:50 Punting. It’s not pretty folks.
  • 50:15 Why the lack of story lines?

Episode 70 - Spring Practice Potpourri

Returning from a two week hiatus, Rich and Max give their thoughts on Spring Practice thus far. They discuss Chryst's handling of the quarterbacks, whether Tanner McEvoy will play wide receiver (Rich kinda whiffs on this part), what inside linebacker is going to look like, and the strange way the relationship between the athletic department and Badger football media works.  They close out the show with a brand new segment that EVERYONE is going to be talking about! 


  • 1:20 Max's article and Twitter handles
  • 4:00 And now for something new and exciting... Well not no, but later in the show
  • 7:05 Let's talk about spring practice and the lack of drama
  • 10:45 Stave is our quarterback
  • 15:30 recurring Tanner McEvoy talk, now with more WR
  • 18:25 Inside LB's, wherein Rich explains the sort feature to Max
  • 25:55 Austin Hudson's transfer and keeping things hush-hush.
  • 31:50 A listener question and advanced sorting.
  • 43:05 Return of the MAC (discussion).
  • 46:00 Max's Minute(s)
  • 1:04:40 One last question

Episode 69 - Spring Practice Preview

Basketball? Who needs basketball! Rich and Max ring in the beginning of spring practice with their thoughts on what can be learned about the team over the next month. The look at the myriad of questions on offense, where there are concerns on defense and manage to talk about Iowa nine times over the course of the episode. Spring practive primers: "There are many like it, but this one is ours!"


  • 1:44 Iowa geography and outdated discussions of The Bachelor
  • 3:16 Buckaround's spring coverage is different
  • 5:36 Let's talk about Tanner McEvoy. He's fast enough, he's big enough and gosh darn it people like him (at other positions).
  • 12:46 Quarterbacks, a competition? Who's number 2?
  • 18:46 WR's development
  • 22:45 Who will step up on OL? Max sneaks in Iowa discussion.
  • 27:41 Let's talk defense. inside LB's, Jeremy Patterson and the secondary.
  • 34:20 PUNTERS!!!
  • 39:55 Slot WR Can Jazz Peavy be this year's Rob Wheelwright (have more than one catch)?
  • 41:30 Closing thoughts

Episode 68 - Way Too Early Depth Charts: Defensive and Special Teams Edition

Wrapping up what they started last week, Rich and Max take a stab at projecting the 2015 defense. They look at some of the new starters at defensive line and linebacker and agree that the secondary looks very crowded with the potential additions of Tanner McEvoy and Natrell Jamerson, but first take time to examine the significance of how the John Settle hire was rolled out.  


  • 1:30 A series of apologies
  • 4:00 How the University introduced Coach Settle
  • 12:10 The defensive line
  • 22:20 The linebackers
  • 33:00 The defensive backs
  • 44:45 Kicking and punting and returning
  • 50:00 Player acquisition, player development and player deployment... Boom.
  • 56:30 That's a wrap

Episode 67 - Way too Early Depth Charts: Offensive Edition

Buckle up people because it's officially here! The doldrums of the pre-spring practice off season has arrived and Rich and Max have officially set sail for conjecture land with their  depth chart projections for the 2015 season. With a striking amount of agreement between them they are able to put together a consolidated depth chart for the two of them while still finding time to discuss killer whales, arm wrestling, and Billy Dee Williams 


  • 1:30 We're in the mood to talk
  • 6:50 RB: Clement followed by others
  • 14:20 FB: Where we have agreement
  • 20:00 TE: A lot of familiar faces... And some new ones
  • 33:15 OL: The position group with the most question marks
  • 46:00 WR: Who will be opposite Erickson?
  • 56:45 QB: It's gonna be tough to unseat Stave
  • 1:03:00 Farewell from conjectureland

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 63 - Paul Chryst: Pitt Head Coach with Paul Zeise

The long promised interview is finally here! Rich and Max are joined by Paul Zeise, sports writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and father of Pitt wide receiver Elijah Zeise, to disect Paul Chryst's tenure at Pitt.  Paul explains the situation on the team when Chryst arrived in Pittsburgh, where he excelled, where he needs to improve in Madison, and what the coach was like during the recruitment of his son.  Paul brings a unqiue perspective to the new man in charge that is a must listen for any Badger fan.  


  • 3:15 Welcoming Paul Zeise
  • 4:15 Paul's background
  • 5:20 What did Chryst walk into at Pitt? (Spoiler... A disaster)
  • 16:15 The Rushel Shell saga
  • 19:30 How did Pitt's QB's develop under Chryst?
  • 27:00 How did the defense evolve under Chryst?
  • 32:30 Is Chryst plugged in networking wise?
  • 35:30 How much freedom will Arranda have?
  • 38:15 First hand experience regarding Chryst's recruiting
  • 44:40 What role will Joe Rudolph play?
  • 49:00 How did Chryst leave things at Pitt?