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August 30, 2015

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…]

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…]

One of the more unique ways to announce your college plans. Rockhurst wide receiver uses a monopoly board to select Wisconsin

A.J. Taylor

A.J. Taylor

Rockhurst High School athlete A.J. Taylor gets an A+ for creativity.  To help illustrate his decision to choose to play college ball for the Wisconsin Badgers, he used his own version of a Monopoly board to make his announcement.

Taylor is 5-11, 190-pounds and played a variety of positions for the Hawklets last season.  The top-rated high school player in the state of Missouri plays cornerback, running back and wide receiver for Rockhurst. He had more than a dozen D-I offers, including Mizzou, Kansas and K-State.

Taylor racked up more than 1,600 all-purpose yards with 16 touchdowns last season during his junior year, as Rockhurst made it to the Show-Me-Bowl and finished runner-up the Class 6 finals.

(Thanks to Bill Pollock at MissouriNet.com for this story contribution)

Badgers picked to win Big Ten’s West title

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

Big Ten media members have selected the Wisconsin Badgers, in their first season under new coach Paul Chryst, to win the Big Ten’s West Division title.

The media also selected Ohio State to win the East Division, which means a rematch of last years Big Ten title game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on December 5.

The Buckeyes smothered the Badgers in the 2014 Championship game 59-0.  They’re favored to beat the Badgers again this season.

The polling is conducted by www.cleveland.com.

Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa was selected the Defensive Player of the Year.  (Wisconsin’s Vince Biegel finished tied for 7th and safety Michael Caputo finished tied for 10th).

Buckeye tailback Ezekiel Elliott was tabbed the league’s Offensive Player of the Year.  (Wisconsin tailback Corey Clement placed fifth in the voting).