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Wisconsin AD Barry AlvarezBrad Smith/US PresswireWisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says he was shocked by Bret Bielema leaving for Arkansas.

On Thursday's show, Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo discussed Kobe Bryant's place in NBA history, the latest from the college football coaching carousel and much more. Listen to the best highlights of the show below!

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says he was shocked by Bret Bielema's decision to go to Arkansas, talks about the process of searching for the school's next coach and puts Bielema's career at Wisconsin in perspective. Listen

Kobe Bryant
Noah Graham/Getty ImagesSVP & Russillo discuss Kobe Bryant's legacy.

Kobe's place - Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo discuss Kobe Bryant reaching the 30,000 point plateau, Bryant's place in Laker history, where he ranks on the all-time list of NBA greats and how he will be thought of when his career is over. Listen

Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel chats about the team's roller coaster season, Ben Roethlisberger's recovery, the experience gained from his past postseason runs, his majestic beard and more. Listen

ESPN NFL analyst Tedy Bruschi talks about how he Patriots are preparing for J.J. Watt and the Texans defense, explains why Peyton Manning should win Comeback Player of the Year, how injuries continue to impact the Ravens and more. Listen

ESPN NBA analyst Tim Legler says Kobe Bryant ranks fifth on his all-time list of NBA players. Legler adds that Kobe's competitive nature and work ethic make him one of the greats. Listen

ESPN college football analyst David Pollack discusses Charlie Strong's decision to stay at Louisville, says Strong's contract is an example of how the rate for quality coaches continues to grow. Pollack also weighs in on Bielema's move to Arkansas and the college football awards season. Listen

One Big Thing - Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo talk about the Raiders' struggles over the past decade and point the the players Oakland has missed on in the draft as exhibit A as to why the silver and black can't right the ship. Listen


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