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Bielema, Badgers focused on the future

The begrudging respect given Wisconsin in 2006 is available as fuel for 2007, but Bret Bielema's disciplined approach keeps the Badgers' focus inward, writes Ivan Maisel.

Updated: February 13, 2007, 2:55 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

The question concerning Bret Bielema is whether he will be the next Barry Switzer or the next Bill Battle.

Switzer, an Oklahoma assistant, took over the Sooners in 1973 at age 35 and went 10-0-1. He won at least a share of the national championship in the next two years and won a third in 1985. Battle, a Tennessee assistant, took over the Volunteers in 1970 at age 28 and went 11-1. Over seven seasons, his victory total slowly dwindled until he went 6-5 in 1976 and was fired.

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