Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst cut practice 15 plays short Saturday after a pair of scuffles and repeated “undisciplined” play. Instead of finishing out practice with more reps, the Badgers were running wind sprints.
“We’ve got (only) so much time, and how we use that time is up to us,” Chryst told reporters after practice, according to madcitysportszone.com. “I thought we had a couple of undisciplined things and that maybe we needed to address the discipline part of it. So, that’s how we’re going to spend our energy. I’d prefer that we do that in other ways, but that was the purpose behind that.”
Paul Chryst with what sounded like an extensive chewing out of the team after practice. SO LB Chris Orr now talking to the whole team.
— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) August 13, 2016
According to media reports from the scene, there were numerous examples of undisciplined play, from pre-snap penalties to outright fighting.
The first scuffle came when wide receiver Reggie Love was stripped of the ball, and a struggle ensued to recover the fumble. Love then reportedly threw punches at two defensive backs. A play later, tight end Kyle Penniston mixed it up with several defenders.
Chryst had seen enough, and he had the team run gassers to finish practice.
#Badgers Chryst PO'd after 2 fights. Players had to run across field and back….4 times. Welcome to 2-a-days boys.
— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) August 13, 2016
“Reps are valuable,” Chryst said. “That’s what makes you mad when we use our time elsewhere. That’s 15 more reps that we can get. That’s 22 guys, 15 more reps — my math isn’t quick — but it’s a pretty good number.
“Discipline comes in so many ways. There’s great (teaching) moments and you want to learn from them.”