There has been a lot of talk about hiring someone with East Coast ties but we feel it would be better to hire someone with excellent connections in Illinois and possibly Indiana and Ohio State instead, McCray signed four Illinois recruits for the UW to years ago but none of them worked out for the Badgers. Wisconsin just hired Chris Ash to coach the secondary, his past recruiting experience is primarily in California and Florida. It seems like the Badgers have made Florida a high priority, which is fine as they keep getting exposure there from bowl games. Are argument is if they want to target the East Coast that is great as the UW has a good reputation as a school out there but someone on the current staff who is likely to be at the school a long time should just bust their butt trying to get a couple of players like we did this year and start building relationships. The Badgers need to be competitive at recruiting in the Midwest and frankly Illinois looks like it could be open for the taking a little as it isn't like Notre Dame and Illinois are at their peek right now, of course Northwestern is doing well but they are a bit of a unique school for a lot of players.
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The Badger football teams' recruiting coordinator Randall McCray has left the UW to take the defensive coordinator post at Middle Tennessee State University. This move was hardly unexpected by McCray as his role with the team has been reduced significantly since his hiring as defensive line coach for Bielemas' first staff in 2006. McCray was a last second hire for that job after Earl Lane left for LSU after for days on the job, prior to the UW McCray was at Toledo and referred by Bielema's friend Mike Devlin. McCray was relieved of his defensive line responsibilities after two season and then helped with the linebackers the next year and secondary last year. Despite his role as recruiting coordinator McCray supposedly didn't have a single recruit this season that was "his". Both McCray and Bielema issued positive statements about the other and the reason for his leaving and demotions were probably never personal but a lack of readiness by McCray to coach at the Big Ten level. The Badgers don't technically need to hire anybody new because of his leaving, however the thought is that Bielema will finally hire a special teams coach.