April 27, 2015

Green Bay adds Darner as the school’s 7th head coach (AUDIO)

Green Bay head coach Linc Darner

Green Bay head coach Linc Darner

Florida Southern coach Linc Darner was a front-runner for the Green Bay Phoenix men’s basketball coaching position from the very beginning.  Green Bay athletic director Mary Ellen Gillespie said what set Darner apart from the rest of the coaching candidate pool was his total presentation.

Gillespie said, “His years of head coaching experience, his winning programs at every stop, the x’s and o’s, how he runs a program, how he interacts with parents, donors and fans, how he mentors and guides young men and how he works with colleagues across campus.”

Gillespie offered the job to Darner on Tuesday and he accepted.  He was introduced at a news conference this morning.  The reason for the 1-day delay?  Darner thought it was most appropriate that he return to Florida to tell his players that he would be leaving for his dream of coaching Division 1 college basketball.  It’s another quality trait that Darner possesses, insuring Gillespie that she picked the right man for the job. [Read more…]

Dekker to enter 2015 NBA Draft (Opinion)

Sam Dekker warming up before the NCAA title game.

Sam Dekker warming up before the NCAA title game.

Wisconsin Badger junior forward Sam Dekker announced today (Friday) that he will pass up his final season of eligibility at UW and enter the 2015 NBA Draft.

“These past three years have been the best, most memorable years of my life,” Dekker said.  “Growing up in the state and being able to wear Wisconsin across my chest has been a dream come true.

“After lots of thoughts and prayers, I’ve decided that it is in my best interest to enter the NBA Draft at this time.  It is difficult to leave Madison and the only state I’ve called home, but I’m excited for the next chapter of my life.”

The Sheboygan, Wisconsin native appeared in 113 games with 81 starts in his career at UW, finishing 15th in school history with 1,363 points.  Combined with his 569 career rebounds, Dekker became just the eighth Badger to tally 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in his first three seasons. [Read more…]

Packers’ announce 2015 preseason opponents

Lambeau Field

Lambeau Field

The Green Bay Packers’ preseason schedule is highlighted by games against a pair of 2014-15 playoff teams, including opening against defending Super Bowl Champion New England.

The Packers will face the Patriots between August 13th and the 17th.  Week two has the Packers facing the Steelers in Pittsburgh (Aug. 20-24).

Then the Packers close the preseason with a pair of home games, hosting Philadelphia (Aug. 27-30) and New Orleans (Sept. 3-4).

The Packers are opening the preseason on the road for the fourth time in the last five years.  It’s also the second straight year that the Packers will wrap up the preseason with a pair of home games.

For the fourth straight year, the Packers will not play any of their preseason opponents during the regular season.


Wisconsin man charged with attempting to aid ISIS

Joshua Van Haften (PHOTO: Dane Co. Sheriff)

Joshua Van Haften (PHOTO: Dane Co. Sheriff)

A Wisconsin man is charged with attempting to aid the Islamic State terrorist organization. The U.S. Department of Justice says 34-year-old Joshua Ray Van Haften of Madison was arrested Wednesday at Chicago’s O’Hare airport after returning from Turkey. He made his initial appearance in federal court in Madison on Thursday.

Prosecutors say he had traveled as part of a plot to join ISIS. Van Haften is charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to the terror group – in the form of himself – and intended to go to Iraq or Syria while in Turkey.

The DOJ said Van Haften first traveled to Turkey last August, although it wasn’t immediately clear whether he actually entered territories in Iraq or Syria controlled by ISIS.

The complaint states that Van Haften he had previously traveled to Egypt, coming to the attention of authorities in that country after allegedly photographing a military facility. When Egyptian police discovered that Van Haften had a 2000 conviction for 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child in Rock County, he was sent back to the U.S.

Federal agents began monitoring Van Haften’s Facebook page, and said he was active on social media, liking anti-American posts and posting videos from You Tube.

Former Marquette star Marc Marotta passes away

Marc Marotta - Photo:

Marc Marotta – Photo:

Former Marquette basketball star and chairman of the BMO Harris Bradley Center board, Marc Marotta, died of an apparent heart attack on Wednesday.  He was found unresponsive in his car outside the Wisconsin Athletic Club in Glendale.  Marotta was 52.

Marotta, who is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner, also served on the boards of Summerfest, Milwaukee World Festival and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee. [Read more…]