November 24, 2014

Former “Miracle on Ice” star, Bob Suter passed away at age 57

Bob Suter was part of the 1980 Miracle on Ice team.

Bob Suter was part of the 1980 Miracle on Ice team.

Former UW defenseman and Miracle on Ice star Bob Suter died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack.  He was 57.

“We are all stunned,” UW women’s hockey coach Mark Johnson, who played with Suter on UW’s 1977 NCAA championship team and on the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, said in a statement released by UW.  “Everybody is shocked.

Wisconsin men’s coach Mike Eaves also teamed with Suter and Johnson to lead the Badgers to the ’77 NCAA title in Detroit.

“This is a heartbreaking day,” Eaves said in the release.  “Bob was the ultimate teammate.  He could skate like the wind and was as hard of a competitor that I ever knew.

Suter suffered the heart attack at Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton, using the facility for his work with the Madison Capitols youth program.

Suter went to Madison East High School.  He is the father of Ryan Suter, who played at UW in 2003-04 and last season completed his ninth season in the National Hockey League.

“I was extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Bob Suter,” UW athletic director Barry Alvarez said in the UW release.  “The Suter name is synonymous with Badger hockey.

UW restructures track & cross country coaching staffs

Last August, the Wisconsin men’s and women’s track and field andcross country teams were combined under Director of Cross Country and

Barry Alvarez

Barry Alvarez

Track and Field Mick Byrne.  On Monday, Wisconsin Athletics Director Barry Alvarez announced a restructuring of the coaching staff that eliminates the position of head women’s cross country and track and field coach, previously held by Jim Stintzi.

In Stintzi’s 10 seasons as the women’s cross country and track and field coach, 13 athletes combined to win 2 Big Ten individual titles.

Under the direction of Byrne, the cross country and track and field staff will now consist of five assistant coaches.  Four of those positions are currently filled by Dave Astrauskas, Nate Davis, Kareem Jackson and Gavin Kennedy.  A national search for the final assistant coaching position will begin immediately.


Gary Andersen talked with the Cleveland Browns

Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen talked with the Cleveland Browns

Gary Andersen

Gary Andersen

about their vacant head coaching position before the Browns hired Mike Pettine.

Ian Rapoport from tweeted that the Browns tried it all during their coaching search.  Rapoport said, “Source says they secretly interviewed #Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen, who got a raise on 1/25.”

The University quickly responded with statements from Andersen and Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez. [Read more…]

Borland is Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year

Wisconsin Badger senior linebacker Chris Borland has been named the Big Ten’s

Chris Borland

Chris Borland

Defensive Player of the Year.  Borland becomes the fifth UW player to win the award, joining former winners Troy Vincent, Tom Burke, Jamar Fletcher and Erasmus James.

Borland finished the regular season third in the Big Ten in tackles per game at 9.3.  He finished 5th in the Big Ten with 102 total tackles.

Borland is the fifth player in Wisconsin history to record three seasons of at least 100 tackles and the first since Pete Monty did it from 1994-96.

Prices going up

Wisconsin football season tickets are going up in 2014.  Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez sent a note to season-ticket holders Tuesday, letting them know that prices are expected to increase #3 per seat per game.

The per game ticket price goes from $42 to $45.

Alvarez to help decide 2014 college football championship lineup (AUDIO)

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez will serve on the first college football playoff committee.  Alvarez is one of 13-members on the

Barry Alvarez

Barry Alvarez

committee which was released today.

The four-team playoff format starts next season and replaces the Bowl Championship series.

Alvarez said the members of the committee will talk weekly and rate teams, one through twenty-five.  Those rankings won’t be made public until midseason.

The teams selected by the committee will be seeded #1 vs. #4 and #2 vs. #3.  The semifinal games will rotate among bowl games in Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, New Orleans, Pasadena and Phoenix.

The first semifinals will be played Jan. 1, 2015 at the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl.  The first National Championship will follow on Jan. 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

AUDIO: Barry Alvarez is honored to be part of the committee :13

AUDIO: Alvarez says he never gets used to the critics :22

AUDIO: Barry Alvarez on bias :14