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Wisconsin Football Coach Bret Bielema: We Won't Recruit Penn State Players

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Bret Bielema of the Wisconsin Badgers looks on as the Badgers take on the Oregon Ducks at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Jake MartinCorrespondent IIIJuly 26, 2012

The rich get richer off of famine, but Wisconsin's head coach Bret Bielema will do no such thing. As plain as he could say it, Bielema stated that he won't be recruiting Penn State players. 

CBS Sports Bruce Feldman quoted Bielema in a tweet at Big Ten Media Days.

Bielema on recruiting PennSt players: "I made the decision that we would not reach out to any PSU players."

— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) July 26, 2012

In other words, he won't be pulling a Lane Kiffin, Mark Richt or any other coach that has openly said they'd pursue any Penn State players. 

Bielema's stance against recruiting Penn State players should be commended. Many coaches are looking to gain from a terrible situation that Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien had nothing to do with, and this action by Bielema is a noble one.

Though this is an unprecedented situation, recruiting players that are already on a squad could be viewed as dishonorable. Of course, no one really viewed it as such, because no coach made the stance against it. Well, not until now. 

Plus, this shows that he has confidence in the players that are already assembled on his roster. This should get the juices going in every player on Wisconsin's roster, because it's a statement that the Badgers are good enough without any outside help.

Bielema's quote is one that is sure to garner a lot of attention, as it should. The Badgers are making a huge stand by not prospering off of a university's loss. Good for Bielema. 

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