U Wisconsin is Looking for Another Head Coach

It seems as though the renowned University of Wisconsin football team, the Badgers, are having issues with keeping head coaches in one place. For the second time in three years, the Badgers have lost their head coach to another university’s football program; one that isn’t even as highly ranked as the Badgers are. It began when three years ago, after a string of three straight Big Ten Division championships, head coach Bret Bielema left to take a job at Arkansas even though the team was towards the bottom of their division. Now Gary Anderson has left for Oregon State, a team that is happy to finish above .500. Clearly the coaches aren’t leading for better teams and so the question is what exactly about the Wisconsin program is driving all of these head coaches away?

On paper, the Wisconsin Badgers are a solid team that has been able to hold their own and even succeed in the Big Ten Conference, one of the most competitive in the college football world. While some claim that they have been able to take advantage of the weakness of other teams in the division as an excuse for their recent success, there is no denying that the team played well and deserved their victories. While there doesn’t seem to be a clear excuse for the sudden drop in Wisconsin’s playing ability (they ended in the bottom half this season) or the loss of their coaches, there are some theories floating that can shed light on the situation.

The first is that, quite simply, Wisconsin can’t afford to pay high-level coaches the salaries they want. While a salary of $2,368,600 seems like a lot of money, it actually ranks 40th in the nation when it comes to college football coaches and so the desire for higher pay is a very real one that should be considered. Some other theories are that Wisconsin was never a football powerhouse to begin with and the recent record has been a fluke and also that personal reasons have led to coaches leaving. No matter the reason, Wisconsin both needs a new head coach and needs to figure out why their coaches keep leaving.

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Lewandowski Denies Punching Fan

Recently, Polish soccer player Robert Lewandowski was accused of hitting a teenager in the face who taunted him and made offensive gestures at him.  However, according to a recent article on Soccer News, Robert denies the accusations made against him.

Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski, the Polish soccer player who has been leaving his mark on Germany.

Lewandowski currently plays for Borussia Dortmund, a German soccer team.  However, he recently signed to join FC Bayern, another German team with whom Borussia Dortmund has a fierce rivalry.  This has angered many fans of Borussia Dortmund, who feel betrayed that one of their star players has joined their greatest rival.  Lewandowski isn’t the only one of Dortmund’s players to leave FC Bayern; last summer, player Mario Götze also joined Bayern.

On Thursday, while Lewandowski was driving through Dortmund, a teenage fan began yelling at him and throwing “offensive gestures”.  Lewandowski then stopped his car and got out to confront the 17 year-old.  The teenager then filed a complaint with the Police, claiming that the soccer player then punched him in the forehead.  Lewandowski has vehemently denied these accusations; according to him, he has “no intention” of teaching teenagers how to behave, but he nonetheless will not allow for himself or his family to be insulted.  He claims that he only got out of the car to yell at the fan, nothing more.

Dortmund backed their player and supported his statement; according to their CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, if Lewandowski claims that he never punched a fan, then they will stand by his claim.

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