Last season, the Wisconsin Badgers hired former University of Cincinnati football coach Luke Fickell.
It was a great hire, considering Fickell was incredibly successful at Cincinnati, even taking them to a college football playoff appearance back in 2021, the first non-power five school to ever make it.
But, regardless of his success at Cincy, Fickell is ready to bring a National Championship to Madison, Wisconsin this season.
The guy is a proven winner, and he’s gonna do whatever it takes to get the Badgers atop the Big Ten again.
And one of his philosophies?
Teaching his players to not take any shortcuts, or the “easy route,” if you will.
And he is making his players walk the walk, and not just talk the talk…
And that even means making them take the staircase instead of the elevator.
Fickell told NBC Sports:
“There are no such things as shortcuts. There no such things as easy routes. No, don’t take that.”
I know, I know, this is a pretty cliché statement, but you have to respect Fickell for expressing this philosophy to his players through all walks of life…
Even if that means gasping for air after having to climb 10 flights of stairs even though there is an elevator right there.
I think we can expect Wisconsin to make a quick turnaround after going a brutal 7-6 last season.