Travis Frederick was surprised when coach Bret Bielema told the team he was leaving Wisconsin to coach Arkansas. The Badgers' starting center couldn't blame him, though.
''I guess I was a little surprised, but it's a very good opportunity for him,'' Frederick said after players met with Bielema on Tuesday night. ''I'm sure he'll do well.''
Most players declined to comment as reporters waited to talk to them. Some said Bielema urged them to remain focused on the Rose Bowl.
Frederick also said he was unsure who would lead the team going forward, and athletic director Barry Alvarez - the former coach who picked Bielema to succeed him - said in a statement that he has a responsibility to ensure the program continues at a high level and that he has already started the process of looking for a replacement.
Some player took to Twitter to lobby for Paul Chryst, the former Wisconsin offensive coordinator in his first season as head coach at Pittsburgh. Offensive lineman Ryan Groy tweeted...