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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Big Ten lunchtime links: Dantonio fuels Michigan rivalry

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Check back later this afternoon for an item about Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber and his amazingly quick recovery from knee surgery. But first, read about what's happening around the Big Ten.

But now that Bielema is facing his first major crisis in three years as UW's head coach, Alvarez has been as invisible as the Badgers' defense was Saturday. He has turned down all media requests to discuss the state of the program and the performance of its coach.

It's obvious why Alvarez is taking that approach. He doesn't want to dignify the public discussion of Bielema's job status by even acknowledging it.

That may be a noble sentiment, but it is horribly unrealistic. The talk is out there and ignoring it won't make it go away. In the meantime, it is potentially damaging to Bielema and to the program.