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July 1, 2015

Eagles sign former Badger, Moffitt

John Moffitt

John Moffitt

The Philadelphia Eagles signed former Wisconsin Badger guard John Moffitt to a one-year contract this week.

Moffitt was a third-round pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 2011.  He started 15 games in Seattle before being traded to Denver.  Moffitt played in two games for the Broncos in 2013 before retiring in midseason after losing interest in the game and saying he’s worried about his health.

Moffitt then ran into trouble with the law after being arrested in March 2014 for allegedly punching a man and was charged with assault, public urination and possession of marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy.  The drug charges were eventually released.

Bo Ryan says he’ll retire after upcoming season (Update – Audio)

Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan

Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan

Wisconsin coaching legend Bo Ryan, who has led the Badgers to back-to-back Final Four appearances, will retire after the upcoming season.

The 67-year-old Ryan said in a statement that he will coach this season and then step down.  His hope is that longtime assistant Greg Gard succeeds him in Madison.

“Back in the spring, in the days after the national championship game, (UW Athletic Director) Barry Alvarez and I discussed the possibility of me retiring,” Ryan said in the statement.  “I’ve always been told that is not a decision to make right after a season is completed.  Barry thankfully encouraged me to take some time to think about it and I have done that.  I considered retiring this summer or coaching one more season. [Read more…]

Wisconsin’s Hayes to compete in USA Basketball Pan Am Games Training Camp

Nigel Hayes

Nigel Hayes

Wisconsin Badger men’s basketball junior Nigel Hayes has accepted an invitation from USA Basketball to take part in the 2015 U.S. Pan American Games Men’s Basketball Team training camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 7-13.

The USA training camp will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center to determine the 12 players who will represent the United States at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, this summer.

Hayes is among the USA Basketball training camp roster that includes a mix of 16 current collegians and six players who have most recently played professionally.  Last season as a sophomore Hayes started all 40 games during UW’s run to the Final Four and the national championship game.

The 2015 Third Team All-Big Ten honoree ranked second on UW with 6.2 rebounds per game and third in scoring at 12.4 points per game.

Mark Few of Gonzaga University will serve as head coach of the 2015 U.S. Team.  The 2015 Pan American Games men’s basketball competition will take place July 21-25 in Toronto, Canada.

Two Badgers selected in NHL Draft

Cameron Hughes

Cameron Hughes

Two Wisconsin Badgers were selected in the 2015 NHL Draft over the weekend.

Freshman goaltender Luke Opilka went in the fifth round, 146th overall, to his home town St. Louis Blues.

Opilka is the first drafted goaltender on its roster since Brett Bennett wrapped up his UW career in 2011.  All-time, 12 Badger goaltenders have been selected in NHL drafts, though that number increases to 13 when the old NHL supplemental draft is included.  Seven Badger goaltenders have played in the NHL, including current St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott.

Opilka played last season for the U.S. Under-18 Team as part of the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He went 25-7-0 with a 2.77 goals-against average, .833 save percentage and three shutouts.  One of those victories included a 4-1 victory over the Badgers at the Kohl Center last December.

Wisconsin Sophomore forward Cameron Hughes, tied for the Badgers’ freshman scoring lead last season, posting 3 goals and 13 points in 34 games.  He was selected in the 6th round by the Boston Bruins.

Hughes is just the second Badger to get picked by the Bruins, joining 1985 11th-round pick John Byce, who went 220th to Boston.

With the picks of Opilka and Hughes, 151 Badgers have now been chosen in the NHL draft.

Kafentzis chooses Nevada

MotionW_2ColorQuarterback Austin Kafentzis spent one semester at the University of Wisconsin.  The Badger recruit is now transferring to Nevada.

Kafentzis originally committed to former Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen in 2013.  He fell to fifth on the quarterback depth chart under new coach Paul Chryst in spring practice.

Kafentzis came to Wisconsin from Sandy, Utah, where he broke several state records.

Kafentzis eligibility for next season with the Wolf Pack is still up in the air.  Wyoming says it plans to file for a waiver with the NCAA so Kafentzis can play right away.