Wisconsin’s Interim Coach Delivers Blunt Message To The Badgers

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Wisconsin interim coach Jim Leonhard wants to know who is down for the cause and who needs to leave the program.

The Badgers are currently 3-4, and Leonhard is 1-1 since taking over following Paul Chryst getting fired.

Since Chryst’s exit from the program, multiple players have departed the program. Most notably, former five star recruit Logan Brown was thrown off the team. Former highly-touted QB recruit Deacon Hill also entered the transfer portal before making any kind of impact.

Several Wisconsin players have transferred. (Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Given all the chaos, Leonhard apparently made it crystal clear he needs to know who is staying and who is going.

“We need to know who is in/out. Make it clear,” Leonhard informed the team, according to Jeff Potrykus.

Jim Leonhard and the Wisconsin Badgers are going through huge changes.

This is exactly what Leonhard needs to do. This is the kind of energy he has to have in his soul. Chaos has engulfed the program, the team is in a transition period and that means change is coming.

Whenever a coach gets fired, some players tend to leave. It’s just the nature of the beast. There’s nothing you can do about it.

Will the Badgers keep Jim Leonhard? (Photo by Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

However, you have to attempt to get some kind of control on the situation. The Badgers have had a bunch of players leave over the past couple weeks. Logan Brown wasn’t voluntary but the rest of them have been.

Leonhard needs to know what he’s working with, and that means finding out who is around for the long haul and who isn’t.

Hopefully, Jim Leonhard gets a grip on the situation, adjusts accordingly and continues to carry the team forward. It’s not an easy situation, but you simply can’t have kids around who aren’t all in. Having guys with one foot out the door in the locker room is a disaster waiting to happen.

Badgers coach Jim Leonhard makes it clear he needs to know who is in and who is out. (Photo by Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The state of Wisconsin continues to be behind Jim Leonhard and that won’t change. The fact he’s being incredibly blunt is necessary and refreshing.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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  1. What scenario of W/Ls over the next five games would get “interim” removed and UW committing to Leonhard that it is now His Program? The sooner that happens the sooner the dissidents can be identified and dealt with … assuming that is not already known within the locker room.

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