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Varsity - January 12, 2012

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FOOTBALL HELP WANTED Finding quality assistants to fill out a staff is nothing new to Bret Bielema, but with five vacancies for 2012, the Badgers' head coach is focused on a different type of recruiting BY MIKE LUCAS • UWBADGERS.COM B ret Bielema had a call waiting. And another call, and another call and another call -- all the callers were waiting to visit with the UW football coach about the job openings on his staff. At any given point recently there have been double-digit voice messages on his cell phone. "It has been absolutely amazing,'' he said. Bielema was returning a call Tuesday afternoon from San Antonio, the site of the American Football Coaches Association's annual convention. Over the last four days, a relatively small window by most standards, Bielema estimated that he has sat down and interviewed over a dozen candi- dates. The list, he said, included former and current head coaches, NFL and college assistant coaches and "some guys that I was enemies with who now want to join my staff.'' Bielema chuckled, and sighed. "It's just been overwhelming,'' he said. "I thought last year was insane. This is pure insanity.'' 19

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