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August 31, 2015

Badgers are getting healthier

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

As the Wisconsin Badgers get ready for their season opener against 3rd-ranked Alabama in eight days in Arlington, Texas, the teams injury list is getting smaller.

Redshirt sophomore Hayden Biegel, who opened camp as the No. 1 right tackle, had been out since August 14 after suffering a concussion.  Biegel was in full pads on Thursday, although he wore a yellow no-contact jersey.

Badger coach Paul Chryst said Biegel is among several players who could be ready to face Alabama and he’s not ruling Biegel out as a starter.

Joel Stave, 21-7 as a starter, has been top quarterback from the day camp opened.  Redshirt junior Bart Houston won the battle in training camp to be his backup, out-performing D.J. Gillins for the job.

Wisconsin starts Big Ten hoops slate at home

Kohl Center Court

Kohl Center Court

The Big Ten released it’s 2015-16 men’s basketball schedule on Thursday.  It has the Wisconsin Badgers playing three of their first four games at the Kohl Center.

Wisconsin opens league play Dec. 29th against Purdue, a team that finished third in the Big Ten last season at 12-6.

Rutgers visits the Kohl Center on January 2.  The Scarlet Knights gave the Badgers one of their two league losses a year ago but finished 2-16 in the Big Ten.

Wisconsin then travels to Indiana to face the Hoosiers in January 5.  The two teams will play in Madison on January 26.

Then Maryland comes to Madison on January 9.  The Terrapins are expected to be the favorites to win the Big Ten Conference this season. [Read more…]

Bucks sign former Badger, Marcus Landry

Milwaukee Bucks logo 11The Milwaukee Bucks announced the signing of free agent forward Marcus Landry today.

The 29-year-old Landry was undrafted after a four-year collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin.  The Milwaukee native has had NBA stops with the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics.  He played in the NBA D-League for the Maine Red Claws and the Reno Bighorns.  He was named to the Futures All-Star roster for the 2013 NBA D-League All-Star game and won the Three-Point Shootout.

Landry spent  last season playing professionally in Spain where he averaged 10.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists.

 

Bo Ryan continues to waver on retirement

Bo Ryan (Photo by David Stluka)

Bo Ryan (Photo by David Stluka)

Bo Ryan had announced in late June that the 2015-’16 season would be his last as the head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers.  Since then, he has twice reminded reporters that he has a five-year contract and could change his mind.

Ryan was in the Appleton area for the U.S. Venture Open and he brought up the topic without being asked a direct question about it.

Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez told Ryan that if he changed his mind, the door would be open and it would appear the thought is at least going through Ryan’s mind.

Ryan compiled a record of 357-125 in 14 seasons with the Badgers and is [Read more…]

Badgers open training camp with offensive line uncertainty

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

The Wisconsin Badgers and first-year head coach Paul Chryst will open the season less than a month from now against 3rd-ranked Alabama, but the Badgers still aren’t sure who their five starters will be on the offensive line.

The only locks are returning starters Tyler Marz at left tackle and Dan Voltz at center, barring injury of course.

New offensive line coach Joe Rudolph must decide who the other three lineman will be.

The Badgers lost starters Rob Havenstein (42 starts), left guard Kyle Costigan and guard Dallas Lewallen, all fifth year seniors.

“Right now, today, I couldn’t tell you who the starting five are,” Chryst said.  “I think that (in) spring ball, we were able to identify the pool of who the offensive linemen could be.

“But we didn’t solidify who the starting five were, and that’s going to be one of the things that we’ve got to solidify in fall camp.” [Read more…]