With Paul Bunyan’s Axe on the line today, Wisconsin tailback Corey Clement, who was issued two citations for disorderly conduct earlier this week, didn’t travel to Minneapolis for today’s Big Ten Conference finale between the Badgers and Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium.
The decision to hold Clement out was made by coach Paul Chryst. It means the Badgers will again go with Dare Ogunbowale, Taiwan Deal and Alec Ingold against the Gophers.
UW officials learned earlier this week that Clement had been cited by Madison police for his role in a fight at his apartment on Nov. 8.
The school initially released a statement that Clement came to the aid of a security guard, who was involved in an altercation with several individuals. But the police investigation revealed the Clement instigated the incident and actually threw the first punch.
The Badgers (8-3, 5-2 Big Ten) have won the last eleven games in the series with the Gophers and would like to take the Axe back home with them for a 12th straight season.
The Gophers (5-6, 2-5) can become bowl eligible with a victory over the Badgers today.
The Badgers are trying to rebound from last Saturday’s 13-7 home loss to Northwestern on senior day at Camp Randall. The Gophers meanwhile knocked off Illinois 32-23.