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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Kenyon Secures New Swimmer

Todd Proa Kenyon College

In addition to its reputation for swimming, Kenyon College is also known for its outstanding academics and beautiful campus.

When it comes to colleges known for their swimming, there’s one that comes to mind for me: Kenyon College, located in my home state of Ohio.  For years now, the Kenyon Lords and Ladies have been a respected force in collegiate swimming, winning championships year after year.  Their main rival through all of this is Denison, another small, liberal-arts school nestled in rural Ohio.  Every year, the two schools square off, but Kenyon almost always emerges as the victor in these matches.  To keep up their reputation as a leading school in swimming, the Kenyon Lords and Ladies have to carefully choose who joins their leagues.  But lucky for them, many talented young swimmers across the country are more than willing to join Kenyon, and become part of the school’s legendary swimming reputation.  Since they won their first NCAA Championship title in 1983, the Kenyon Ladies have secured 23 first-place finishes at the DIII National level.  For the past two years, they have been the runners-up at the NCAA DIII Championships.  And since 1982, no single squad at the national level has come in below fourth place.

Recently, Kenyon secured a commitment from a senior at California’s La Reina High School, a girl named Abby Chopp.  Chopp, who swims with Conejo Simi Swim Club, has been named to the Scholastic All American Team for 2013-2014, due to her outstanding grades (she has a 4.0 GPA) and exceptional swimming skills.  Chopp’s strongest event is the backstroke, which is great for Kenyon; four of the school’s top backstrokers are set to graduate at the end of 2015, and the Ladies could use some new blood from the likes of Chopp.  Chopp’s current top times are 57.82 for the 100 backstroke, 205.79 for the 200 backstroke and 27.61 for the 50 backstroke.  He long course best in these events are 1:06.18, 2:24.39 and 31.90, respectively.


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