With the hiring of Paul Chryst made all but official, Rich and Max give - for the first time in a while - differing opinions on the hiring of the Pitt head coach with deep Wisconsin roots. Max has overcome some of his skepticism in the hire, but Rich lays out why he still has significant reservations.
Off a 34-24 come from behind victory over arch-rival Minnesota, Rich and Max analyze what the 10th victory of the season means for the Badgers. They examine the team's ability to come back from an early 17-3 deficit, the adjustments made on both sides of the ball in the 2nd half, deal with a very challenging Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel comment contest, and cautiously deal with the thoughts of, shall we say, a very devoted fan.
In a special bonus episode of the BuckAround, Rich and Max are joined by former Badger quarterback and University of Pittsburgh assistant coach Brooks Bollinger to get his perspective on the current team through the eyes of a former player and coach. Brooks talks about the development of Tanner McEvoy, how players handle criticism from fans, and compares the offensive scheme of Andy Ludwig to that of Paul Chryst and coordinators under Barry Alvarez. To put is simply: this is a really worthwhile listen.
With Spring Practice only days away Rich & Max tackle some of the less discussed aspects of spring practice (what does Michael Trotter's playing time tell us about the future of Badger football) as well as some of the bigger topics as well but not before spending way too much time breaking down the relative merits of the month of March.
After a two week hiatus, Rich and Max return to discuss the Thomas Brown hire, further delve into Gary Andersen's apparent lack of interest in the Cleveland Browns, and explore Max's future as a middle school cheerleading coach.