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February 13, 2016

Aranda headed for LSU

Dave Aranda

Dave Aranda

The Wisconsin Badgers were hoping to keep their defensive coordinator, Dave Aranda around for a while.  They found out on Friday that wouldn’t be the case.

Aranda has quickly become a star in the industry and LSU swooped in with an offer he couldn’t refuse.  Aranda will move into the same position at LSU, for more money.

Aranda’s salary at Wisconsin is $520,000 with a $300,000 base salary.  According to USA Today, that ranks 64th nationally and 12th among Big Ten assistants. [Read more…]

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…]

PGA announces Champions Tour event in Madison starting in 2016

Steve Stricker

Steve Stricker

Madison’s University Ridge will play host to a Champions Tour event beginning in 2016.  The event will be sponsored by American Family Insurance.

Madison’s Steve Stricker joined PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez and American Family Insurance Chairman and CEO Jack Salzwedel at a press conference this morning.

The inaugural event will be held June 20-23 of next year.  Steve Stricker, who is a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour, will serve as tournament host in [Read more…]

Badgers beat Tigers to claim the Outback Bowl in overtime

Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon

The Wisconsin Badgers put their 59-0 Big Ten title game loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes behind them.  They knocked off the Auburn Tigers 34-31 in overtime in the Outback Bowl.

The Badgers captured their first bowl game victory since 2009 and Barry Alvarez returned to the sidelines to earn his 9th (9-4) bowl victory.

Melvin Gordon ran for an Outback Bowl-record 251 yards and three touchdowns and freshman kicker Rafael Gaglianone kicked a 25-yard field goal in overtime to give the 18th-ranked Badgers the victory.

Gordon ran for touchdowns of 25, 53 and 6 yards and finished with 2,587 rushing yards on the season, 41 shy of Barry Sanders’ single-season FBS rushing record.  Gordon was named the Outback Bowl MVP.

Joel Stave gave the Badgers the early 7-0 lead, tossing a 7-yard touchdown pass to Corey Clement. [Read more…]

Badgers look to end bowl drought today

Barry Alvarez

Barry Alvarez

The Wisconsin Badgers dropped three straight Rose Bowl games and fell in last years Capital One Bowl and haven’t won a bowl game since the 2009 season when they upset Miami, 20-14, in the Champs Sports Bowl.

The current group of players has never won a bowl game.  The Badgers will be trying to end that drought today when they take on the Auburn Tigers in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida.

It’s not only the last game for the Badger seniors, but their last chance to win a bowl game, which has been a focal point for the players this week.

AUDIO: LB Marcus Trotter says they all want to finish with a win :14

The Badgers are also trying to show that their 59-0 loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten title game is nothing more than a fluke.

Barry Alvarez gets another shot at a Bowl game, stepping in on an interim basis after Gary Andersen left for the head coaching job at Oregon State.  Alvarez is 8-4 in bowl games.

AUDIO: Barry Alvarez said bowl games matter :18

Kickoff this morning in Tampa is set for 11am.