April 26, 2015

UW athletic board puts the heat on a pair of coaches

Mike Eaves

Mike Eaves

After tough seasons for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team and the women’s basketball team, the UW Athletic board voted to retain coaches Mike Eaves (hockey) and Bobbie Kelsey (women’s hoops), but didn’t extend their contracts.

Eaves contract expires June 30, 2019 and Kelsey’s runs through May 31, 2019.

Under Eaves, the Badger men’s hockey team finished 4-26-5 last season, the worst record in program history.  After winning an NCAA Championship in 2006 and making the title game in 2010, the Badgers have failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the third time in five seasons.

In effect, the board couldn’t reward Eaves with a contract extension after a season like last year.  Eaves also fired his two assistants, Gary Shuchuk and Matt Walsh.

Bobbie Kelsey

Bobbie Kelsey

Kelsey’s Badger women’s basketball team finished 5-11 in the Big Ten and 9-20 overall last season.  Since Kelsey joined the program, Wisconsin has failed to qualify for either the NCAA or the WNIT.

It’s safe to say the Athletic Board is looking for improvement from both programs or their jobs could be in jeopardy.

The board did roll over the five-year contracts of men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan and women’s hockey coach Mark Johnson.  It also rolled over the three-year deal for wrestling coach Barry Davis.

Badgers get Prime Time kick on Big Ten Network

MotionW_2ColorThe Big Ten Network announced today that the Wisconsin Badgers’ Sept. 26 meeting with Hawaii will air in prime time on BTN.  A specific kickoff time will be announced at a later date.

The matchup will be UW’s first prime time game at Camp Randall Stadium since a 16-14 win over Utah State on Sept. 15, 2012.  Wisconsin has won five straight night games at Camp Randall and is 12-5 all-time at night on its home field.

Today’s announcement of prime time games includes those only to be aired by BTN.  Prime time selections by ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will be announced in the near future.

The matchup against Hawaii is the final non-conference game on the Badgers 2015 schedule.

Kaminsky captures Wooden Award

Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky

Wisconsin senior center Frank Kaminsky was named the winner of the Wooden Award today (Friday) in Los Angeles.

Kaminsky scored 21 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in Wisconsin’s championship game loss to Duke (68-63) last week.  He finished the season averaging 18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 blocks per game, all team highs.

Kaminsky captured Big Ten Player of the Year award and won three national Player of the Year honors at the Final Four in Indianapolis.

He beat out Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, Kentuckyh’s Willie Cauley-Stein, Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell and Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant for the honor.

Kaminsky leaves Wisconsin as the most decorated player in program history and expects to be a first round pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.


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…]

“Rent a Player” comments drawing scrutiny (google hangout – video)

Wisconsin Badger head coach Bo Ryan didn’t take the National championship game loss to Duke on Monday night in stride.

Ryan created a stir during his post game press conference when referring to the type of players he likes to recruit with the Badgers.

AUDIO: Bo Ryan comments on “Rent a Players” :19

Ryan’s “rent-a-player” quote caught on and went viral.  Wisconsin isn’t known for having freshmen leave after one season, while Duke could see Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow all head to the NBA. [Read more…]