Badgers quarterback job still up in air

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoWhen Bret Bielema took the podium for his weekly press conference yesterday, one thing was on everyone’s mind: Who will play quarterback for the Badgers Saturday at Iowa?But don’t ask Bielema; he doesn’t know.“(Offensive coordinator) Paul (Chryst) and I have made discussions in the last couple weeks about the quarterback situation, where we’d go,” Bielema said. “During the course of Saturday’s ball game, after [Allan Evridge’s] last series, we obviously made the change and went in a certain direction.”Evridge’s last pass Saturday was intercepted by Lydell Sargeant on a play Bielema called an “easy read” after the game.Junior Dustin Sherer replaced him.“On Sunday, we both agreed that Dustin, when he was in there, did a lot of good things,” Bielema said. “I liked Dustin’s response. [We’ll see] how he handles this week.”That said, Bielema still hasn’t given up on Evridge, whose touchdown run Saturday accounted for the Badgers’ lone seven points.“Allan, on that scoring drive, did a lot of things that we’ve been asking and expecting him to do in terms of taking off with the football,” Bielema added.Although he is uncertain who will be under center against the Hawkeyes, Bielema is certain about one thing: Next year has no bearing on the decision.“How they handle this week will determine who plays on Saturday,” he said.Putting Penn State behind themThere’s no doubt that a 48-7 loss at home is about as devastating a defeat as a team can suffer. However, Bielema, his staff and his players are ready to put it in the past and move on.“As early as Saturday night after the game [I was] trying to gauge the pulse of our team in the locker room, the mood of our coaches,” Bielema said. “I decided to change things up and go in a little different direction. We did our normal lifting, conditioning and stretching with our players [Sunday]. After that, we gave them some time to get away, come back. We had a team meeting that I briefly spoke about where we were as a football team, where I thought we needed to go.”Despite being 0-3 in conference play, Bielema is still confident that he has the right group of guys to move forward.“We have a large majority of seniors in our starting lineup,” he said. “Guys that have been through some adversity, guys that understand tough times bring about tough people and tough people are the ones that last.”And according to their coach, those players still have accolades to achieve.“We have 13 team goals, and the first six of those 13 are all day-to-day thinking, day-to-day mentality, how we approach practice every day, how we approach game week,” Bielema explained. “Obviously one of the biggest ones on our board is the ‘1-0’ mentality, and I don’t think there’s any better time in this season to focus on that mentality to get where we need to be.“What I gave the staff direction to do was show the guys the clips that they need to see from Saturday’s game, but the emphasis needed to be on moving forward.”Urbik’s streak on the lineSenior guard Kraig Urbik, a team co-captain, has made 45 consecutive starts on the offensive line. But after leaving Saturday’s game with a left knee injury, that streak will be in jeopardy Saturday.“Kraig, although he might have been in more pain than Gabe (Carimi), his injury may not have been as significant as Gabe’s,” Bielema said.Carimi left the game against Ohio State with a similar injury and was inactive against Penn State.“It wouldn’t be surprising to me if [Kraig will] do everything he can [to play] and plead with the doctors as much as he can,” Bielema added.As for the streak?“It’s impressive because it’s been at multiple positions,” Bielema said. “He was recruited by other schools, but Kraig was a typical Wisconsin kid that came in, bought into what we were doing, was able to find himself in a starting role at an early age and played as many snaps as he [could]. That’s surviving the storm in the middle there quite a bit.”last_img read more

Sherwood sacked as Spurs manager

first_imgEnglish Premier League side Tottenham hotspurs have confirmed Tim Sherwood’s exit from the club as head coach, after just five months at the helm 365footballnews.com have gathered.Sherwood replaced the axed Andre Villas-Boas in December and was handed an 18 month deal. The 45-year-old had been keen to remain in charge at White Hart Lane and recently stated he would have guided the club into the Champions League had he been in charge for the whole of the campaign.However, following talks with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy Sherwood has now been told he is no longer required as head coach, while it is thought his assistant Les Ferdinand will also leave White Hart Lane. Levy released a statement via the club’s official website confirming the club have parted company with Sherwood.Speculation over Sherwood’s future was rife last month, and chairman Daniel Levy has finally decided to find a more suited man to bring the club forward. Sherwood won 14 games of his 28 in charge, drawing four and losing 10. Spurs finished in sixth in the table, 10 points off fourth place.Spurs will now begin their hunt for a new manager and it is understood that Southampton’s Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax head coach Frank De Boer are the front runners.last_img read more