Badgers players and insiders react to Luke Fickell getting the HC job
Jim Leonhard was widely assumed to be the next football head coach in Madison, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Badgers pulled a shocker Sunday morning as reports came out that the program was scrapping that plan. The Badgers are capturing head coach Luke Fickell from the Cincinnati Bearcats.
The move nets the Badgers a head coach with College Football Playoff experience. Cincinnati made the playoff last season as the first-ever non-Power five conference participant. Fickell has a history of recruiting well. That’s something the Badgers will need after losing recruits this season.
However, the move didn’t make everyone in the program happy. Current and former players expressed their frustrations on Twitter. Local media covering the Badgers made a few fair but critical statements about losing Leonhard, and players liked and retweeted those posts. They also added a few of their own, as Leonhard had won over many players this season.
Badgers insiders and players’ hottest takes
Some Badgers players are optimistic about the move. Here were some of the hottest takes by insiders and players after news broke of the hiring.
“To see an opportunity we must be open to all thoughts”— TJ Bollers (@tj35ballin) November 27, 2022
LMAOOOOOO!— Nick Herbig (@nickherbig_) November 27, 2022
Losing jimmy Leonhard will be the worse decision Wisconsin will ever make 🤷🏽♂️ I said what I said— Eric Burrell (@EricBurrell_) November 27, 2022
A move like this has to be bigger than the next 1-2 years of the program but this feels like a total slap in the face to the players. They were left in the dark and at the end it looks like it won’t be their guy.— Raul Vazquez (@RaulV45) November 27, 2022
Not to mention what this is like for JL. #Badgers
This tweet by Vazquez had several likes from current and former players such as Collin Wilder and Nick Herbig.
Losing Jim Leonard will go down as one of the biggest losses in Wisconsin football history. His knowledge/feel for the game along with being able to relate to players was the best I’ve ever seen.— Troy Fumagalli (@TroyFumagalli) November 27, 2022