Whiteland graduate staying at Wisconsin despite coach's exit

There are worse places to be Christmas Day than on an airplane destined for warmer temperatures.

Such was the plight — and flight — of Jake Meador and his teammates in the University of Wisconsin’s football program as they began preparations for a Rose Bowl showdown against Stanford.

The 6-foot-7 redshirt freshman from Whiteland Community High School returns to Madison today after observing Tuesday’s game from the comfort of his team’s sideline.

This is how 2013 started for the mammoth Badgers right guard. What the next 364 days hold in store remains anybody’s guess.

Meador during a 16-day span in early December watched his head coach leave for Arkansas, learned Wisconsin legend Barry Alvarez would pull himself from coaching mothballs to lead the Badgers in Pasadena and watched the school hire former Utah State coach Gary Andersen.

A whirlwind to be sure, though at 325 pounds Meador isn’t easily moved.

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