Your interpretation of what I said is totally wrong. I did NOT say we don't get the money because we can't win. I said it takes money to win. I stand by the statement that the academic standards is one of the major reasons we have problems recruiting athletes. It reduces the pool available significantly.
First, Academic standards. Even thought the article deals with Anderson, when he was head coach for a short time, the standards still exist, and because of it, recruiting is more difficult. Understand, I'm not saying it's bad, I'm just saying that the pool of players is lessened considerably, because of the requirements to even get into the University. Take it for what it's worth, it's fact. Good or bad? It depends on how you view it. In my eyes - which is a personal perspective - I believe college is for education, and sports is an extra, therefore support the academic standards, even if that means you can't win as often as you'd like, in many sports.
Should Wisconsin reduce its academic requirements for its student athletes?
Next is money. Money for world class athletic facilities, and huge amounts of money for recruiting. Wisconsin spends as little as possible on recruiting in most cases. For elite level programs, it's spend to recruit the best athletes, and in most cases, the academic standards are much lower, so their results on athletic ability is much stronger. Here's just a sampling of recruiting money spent.
Where does Wisconsin rank? You'll find that we end up around 50th in spending, and at an extremely low level of spending. Want a sign of where spending for recruiting has gone? Between NIL deals for athletes, and lavish trips to universities, it's out of hand, and Wisconsin will never have this amount of alumni donations to cover the costs. Living here in Texas, I know where several of the schools are heading with their recruiting, and to be candid, it ain't pretty. A school like Wisconsin, that plays it all by the rules established when they meant something is never going to win this battle. Imagine, $280,000 for one trip for less than 10 athletes and their families, for one weekend, at the U. Who would cover the costs of this one for Wisconsin, when it's over half of what their entire recruiting budget would be, including salaries of everyone out there doing the job. Khalif was right about how the lack of money hurts. Accepting it can help change perspectives.
Even if the $280k is somewhat inflated, it still shows where the problem is. Texas will become a powerhouse again, joining the SEC, and spending their Monopoly money to recruit the best athletes, along with other SEC giants, and half of them will hardly be able to sign their names with an "X."
If the Texas Longhorns get ArchManning to sign a national letter of intent – which he likely will in December – wasn’t it money well spent?
So, anyway, that's how the game is played in today's world of college football. I don't know about anyone else, but when the Badgers win 10 or 11 games, and head to a bowl game, I think they've done a great job, including recruiting. They've earned their wins, not bought them by throwing money at kids that sometimes don't even belong in college.