Not long ago, an Orange Bowl championship and a school record 13-1 season would not only bring joy, but would also make Wisconsin football fans nervous.
The questions would be immediate: Does this mean the Badgers coach will now want to leave for more money and a "better opportunity" at another school? Is Wisconsin just a resume builder? Are academic requirements too difficult to ensure long-term success for the team?
Thankfully, the Badgers finally have a head coach, Paul Chryst, who wants to build a first-class program at Wisconsin, on and off the field. For Chryst, Wisconsin is not a stepping stone but a destination.
In just three years, he has made the Badgers into one of the Big Ten's elite teams, and one of the very best in the country. His 34-7 record speaks for itself. For its success this season, Wisconsin could finish in the top five in the national polls.
Never one to draw attention to himself, Chryst has gained national recognition. He is one of five finalists for the American Football Coaches Association's 2017 National Coach of the Year.
And the best news for Badgers fans -- Chryst wants to stay at Wisconsin.
John Finkler, Middleton