“A lot of times, I’m a history professor at Wisconsin.”
These were the words of Bret Bielema while diving deep into his public persona that he uses on airplanes and in barbershops to keep a low profile. For those curious, he also uses “European Religion Studies” teacher whenever possible. Crafty indeed.
With the Penn State situation still fresh in the minds of many, the mood was quiet and reserved in Chicago for Big Ten Media Days. With a group gathered around, however, Bret Bielema took it upon himself to lighten matters as things wound down.
Bielema himself has brought up his wife and marriage in the past and he once again rehashed their romantic meeting spot.
"Blackjack table at the Wynn casino, been winning ever since," Bielema said with a grin. Ah, the modern day love story. He also was asked about his finger bling: A wedding ring on one hand and his blinding Big Ten Championship ring on the other.
Newlywed Bret Bielema wearing wedding band on L hand and Big Ten ring on R hand. Which feels better? "Depends on who's asking."— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) July 27, 2012
With the basics covered, there were a few football questions asked, and Bielema had strong thoughts when it came to the four-team playoff starting in 2012. He also noted that Wisconsin could've very much been a factor in two playoffs had this been implemented over the past six years.
"The number one thing for me is I want to know who is on that committee," Bielema said. "Is that their job? It's hard to find a football-related person with no objections."
When pressed on who he would choose to be in the committee, Bielema provided a SHOCKING and completely unexpected answer.
"Barry Alvarez," he suggested without hesitation. Yes, the same Barry Alvarez who coached Wisconsin and currently works as the school's AD.
So, at least that's settled.
Adam Kramer is a Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.