MADISON, Wis. -- Noticeable changes surfaced on the periphery of Wisconsin's football program for its season-opening, 45-0 victory against UMass on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. Given a new coaching staff, establishing at least a few new traditions seemed inevitable.
Gone was Bret Bielema, the former coach whose pre-game routine included jogging in front of players through the tunnel toward the field. In his place was Gary Andersen, a man content to walk from the back and let his players take the spotlight.
Before the fourth quarter, when fans joined forces for their traditional mosh pit to the song "Jump Around," players encircled Andersen and for the first time hopped around with their coach right along with the fan base. And when the game was over, Andersen instructed players to stay on the field to sing the school fight song -- a tune many are still learning.
"Maybe we need to get the band over here and get on the same page," Andersen said with a smile afterward. "It took...