By Dave Begel Contributing Writer Published Jan 27, 2015 at 5:30 AM

Sometimes you just have to shake your head at how stupid some people can be when they open their mouth and say something that they should never, ever say.

Often it’s a case of people who haven’t learned the lesson that "just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do it."

The latest example is the former football coach at the University of Wisconsin, Gary Andersen, who fled a good job at a winning program for Oregon State, a program that seems to be perpetually rolling around in the bottom of the Pac 12.

As to why he suddenly departed after the Big Ten Championship game, the answer, it seems, is that Wisconsin is a good college. And not just for football players, but for everybody.

It has stringent standards and those standards just seemed to get in the way of Andersen’s recruiting efforts.

Even if this is the way he felt, you’ve got to wonder why he would say it.

In an interview with, Andersen explained his departure from UW and clearly blamed it on the academic standards at the university.

"It's been well (documented) there were some kids I couldn't get in school," Andersen told CBS. "That was highly frustrating to me. I lost some guys, and I told them I wasn't going to lose them. I think they did what they were supposed to do (academically)and they still couldn't get in. That was really hard to deal with."

"That's not Wisconsin's fault," Andersen added. "That's Wisconsin's deal ... I want to surround myself with those kids I can get in school."

One of the problems was that Andersen wanted to increase the number of junior college transfers on the football team.

"I need to be able to have my coaches walk into homes very well connected and committed and understanding of exactly what's going to take place when they're talking to those families," he said.

So, to Andersen, "junior college kids basically became a non-(factor)."

For his part, UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez sounded a bit surprised at Anderson’s complaints.

"I thought we talked about that during the interview process," Alvarez told "You're not going to bring truckloads of junior college kids or make a living with junior college kids here."

And, regarding Wisconsin's academic policies, Alvarez added: "We haven't changed.m You're not going to change our admissions policy here. You're not going to change our academics here. All you have to do is check our track record."

Andersen’s comments make my head hurt. How stupid can one man be?

For one, he’s talking about a program that has been pretty successful for a couple of decades, even with stringent academic qualification standards.

But more than that, Andersen has just waved a red flag in front of the bull that is the NCAA investigation committee.

Let’s say you are on that committee and you hear a coach talk about how he hated being at a school where he couldn’t get some athletes in because of academic rules.

He left that college and has now gone to another one, presumably one that makes it easier for academically challenged athletes to play for the old alma mater. My warning antenna go up and I think that maybe a little extra scrutiny on the Oregon State program might be a good idea.

Under normal circumstances I don’t get too excited about a coaching change. I mean, they come and they go with regularity.

But in this case I can’t help but feel that Wisconsin is far better off without Gary Andersen around.

We don’t have to worry about him using back door tactics to get some outside linebacker into school. We don’t have to worry about having a coach who was probably beyond his level of competence.

And mainly we don’t have to worry about an idiot who would open his mouth about this complaint, proving to all, that if he was trying to get into UW, he’d be a long way from meeting the academic requirements.

Dave Begel Contributing Writer

With a history in Milwaukee stretching back decades, Dave tries to bring a unique perspective to his writing, whether it's sports, politics, theater or any other issue.

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