Friday, May 28, 2010

Alvarez in Hall of Fame

Ever since Barry Alvarez pulled off one of the great reclamation projects in college football history, winning three Rose Bowls at the University of Wisconsin, his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame seemed a matter of when, not if.
Still, Alvarez was overcome with emotion when learning he would be a member of the 2010 class.
It became official on Thursday morning, when the selections were announced during a ceremony in Times Square in New York City, which Alvarez attended.
Joining Alvarez will be fellow coach Gene Stallings of Texas A&M and Alabama, as well as 12 players, including the late Pat Tillman of Arizona State, former Michigan and Green Bay Packers receiver/returner Desmond Howard and former Purdue quarterback Mark Herrmann.
Alvarez actually found out a week earlier, at the Big Ten Conference meetings in Chicago, when Steven Hatchell, the president and CEO of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, Inc., broke the news.
"I was totally surprised when he announced that I would be inducted. I actually broke down," Alvarez, who now serves as UW's athletic director, said in an interview with ESPN News.
"I was sitting with my (current UW) coach, Bret Bielema, and I think he broke down. It's an honor. It's very humbling, when this is your life's work and it culminates like this.
"The first thing you think about is all the people that had something to do with it. It's not just about one person, it's about the group of players, it's about the staff, it's about anyone that supported you throughout your career. I look at this as an honor for a number of people who supported me throughout my life."
It is great so see Coach Alvarez honored in a manner that he deserves. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Duke to visit Madison again

For the second straight year, Duke will visit Madison for the first time as part of Big Ten/ACC Challenge competition.
Only this time, it's the women who get a shot at knocking off the national power.
The Badgers will host the Blue Devils on Dec. 2 at the Kohl Center, UW announced Monday. Tip-off time and TV information will be announced at a later date.
Duke is coming off a season in which it went 30-6, shared the ACC regular-season title and won the league's postseason tournament, and advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to Baylor.
The Blue Devils are entering their fourth season under coach Joanne P. McCallie, who previously coached at Michigan State. Former Badgers assistant Al Brown serves on her staff.
The Duke men made their first appearance at the Kohl Center last year, and UW upset the eventual national champions 73-69 for its first-ever victory over the Blue Devils.
Likewise, the UW women are seeking their first win against Duke. In the only previous meeting between the programs, the Blue Devils prevailed 86-66 on Nov. 27, 1987 in Durham, N.C.
This year marks the fourth annual ACC/Big Ten women's basketball challenge, which began as a four-year agreement and has been extended until 2012.
The 2010 Challenge will take place over two days beginning on Dec. 1. See the full schedule below.
Wisconsin is 2-1 all-time in the event. The Badgers dropped their inaugural game on the road against Virginia in 2007 but were one of four Big Ten teams to win in 2008. Wisconsin defeated N.C. State 53-48 on the road in last year's challenge.
Wisconsin returns three starters, and much of its depth, from a team that went 21-12 in 2009-10 and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in eight years.
Lets hope the Lady Badgers can take it to the house. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, May 21, 2010

2010-11 Badger Hockey Schedule

There are all sorts of new faces, places and formats to embrace when it comes to the University of Wisconsin men's hockey schedule for 2010-11, which was released Thursday.
It all starts with the fact the Badgers will have two more challengers for the MacNaughton Cup, given annually to the regular-season champion in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Bemidji (Minn.) State and Nebraska-Omaha make their debuts in the 12-team league, having been absorbed from College Hockey America and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, respectively.
The Beavers play at the Kohl Center Dec. 10 and 11, while UW travels to Omaha Feb. 11 and 12.
Bemidji State is one of two schools on the home schedule that have never played in Madison, much less the Kohl Center. The other is Canisius, an Atlantic Hockey entry which skates here Jan. 7 and 8.
The Badgers will open the 38-game regular season Oct. 8 and 10 in St. Louis facing Boston University, the 2009 NCAA champion, in the Ice Breaker Tournament.
UW, fresh off advancing to the NCAA title game, will make its home debut under odd circumstances. The non-conference series with Alabama-Huntsville Oct. 15 and 17 is a Friday-Sunday affair to accommodate a Big Ten Conference night football game at Camp Randall Stadium between the Badgers and Ohio State Oct. 16.
UW coach Mike Eaves apparently likes the balance of the schedule, which includes five home series before final exams and five after.
"And for one of the rare years, we are at home for the last series of the (regular) season," he said of a meeting with Colorado College that marks the third time in the past seven years the Badgers have finished up at home.
Let's hope the Badgers can continue thier winning ways. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Trevon Hughes works out for Milwaukee Bucks

Trevon Hughes, who recently wrapped up his University of Wisconsin career, is working out for the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday morning as part of the first group of NBA draft prospects the team is evaluating.
The 6-foot-1 guard, a New York City native who played high school ball at St. John's Military Academy in Delafield, is among a group that includes one other backcourt player in Cal's Jerome Randle.
Also in the morning session are: Paul George, a 6-7 sophomore forward from Fresno State; Craig Brackins, a 6-10 junior post player from Iowa State; Marquis Gilstrap, a 6-6 senior forward from Iowa State; and Tyren Johnson, a 6-8 forward from Lousiana-Lafayette.
The afternoon session includes guard Jerry Smith, formerly of Wauwatosa East and Louisville, as well as Louisville sophomore forward Samardo Samuels, Texas El-Paso junior center Derrick Caracter, Louisiana Tech senior Magnum Rolle, Clemson senior forward Trevor Booker and guard Jeremy Wise, who played last season with Bakersfield of the NBA Developmental League.
It would be great to see another Badger in the NBA. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Badgers Ranked 6th in Preseason Poll

The 2010 Lindy’s Football Preview has released its preseason predictions and fans of Wisconsin football will like what they see. As a team, the Badgers are ranked No. 6 in the magazine’s preseason poll, while senior offensive lineman Gabe Carimi has been named first team All-America, and fellow seniors John Moffitt and Lance Kendricks have been named second team All-American.Wisconsin has 18 starters returning from a team what went 10-3 and defeated then-No. 14 Miami in the Champs Sports Bowl last season. Ten of the starters are back on offense, with six more coming back on defense, as well as kicker Philip Welch and punter Brad Nortman. Overall, 46 letterwinners return for UW.The Badgers are one of four Big Ten teams ranked in the poll, with only Ohio State, which is No. 3, ranking higher. Iowa, whom the Badgers visit on Oct. 23, is ranked 10th, while Penn State, which is not on UW’s schedule, is ranked 24th.Carimi started all 13 games at left tackle last season for Wisconsin, taking home first-team All-Big Ten honors in the process. For his career, Carimi has started 36 games since taking over for former Outland Trophy Winner Joe Thomas.With former tight end Garrett Graham the lone starter not returning on offense, Kendricks will have a much larger role in the offense in 2010. Kendricks finished fourth on the team a year ago with 29 receptions for 356 yards. His coming out party came in the Champs Sports Bowl against Miami, recording career highs with seven catches for 128 yards, including a career-long 37 yard reception.Joining Kendricks on the second team is Moffitt. Like Carimi, Moffitt was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2009. Moffitt played in 11 games last season, starting 10 (eight at left guard, two at center), after missing the first two games of the season due to injury. In his career, Moffitt has started 29 of the 32 games in which he has played.The Badgers open the 2010 season on Sept. 4 at UNLV before making their home debut the following week against San Jose State. The national edition of the 2010 Lindy’s Football Preview will be available on newsstands on June 1 while the Big Ten edition will be available on June 15.
Lets hope that the Badgers can make a run at a BCS game. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Player of the Year

It’s not often a Player of the Year is discouraged from taking slapshots or told by his coach to emulate the most gruntish of NHL role players, Tomas Holmstrom. Few top scorers describe themselves as lighting the lamp almost exclusively via “ugly goals.”
That was the story of senior forward Blake Geoffrion, who delivered on his potential while leading his team to a majestic season. The senior captain earned his sport’s highest individual honor, the Hobey Baker award, and deserves the title of top male athlete for this year.
No Badger had ever before hoisted the Hobey, with greats like Gary Shuchuk, Steve Reinprecht and Brian Elliott falling short of the honor.
Looking beyond the numbers (an impressive 28 goals and 22 assists) or the all-around impact on the ice (great penalty killer, center of the power play, monster in the face-off circle), Geoffrion reflected his team’s success, and in some ways symbolized their run to the title game.
For the three previous seasons, the men’s hockey team had been abundantly talented but could not bring everything together while Geoffrion was simply a nice player. In 2009-’10, he was great.
He did not have the complete offensive game he referred to only as “the goal-scoring gene,” but instead accepted the role of a player who fought around the crease and finished plays started by others. That was the way the team was, none of the players having earth-shattering individual games (though many were exceptionally talented) but all willing to accept roles in forming a balanced powerhouse team.
Lets hope Badger Hockey will continue the tradition of excellence. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Badger Head Coaches have contracts extended

After a banner year for many programs, the Wisconsin Athletic Department extended the contracts for six head coaches, the department announced Friday. Men’s basketball head coach Bo Ryan, who led the Badgers to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, was signed through May of 2015. Women’s basketball head coach Lisa Stone got the same extension after her team’s NCAA Tournament appearance. Men’s hockey head coach Mike Eaves earned an extension as well, thanks in part to his trip to the national title game in April. His contract goes through June of 2015.Head wrestling coach Barry Davis and men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach Eric Hansen will stick around as well. The department said they were signed through April and June of 2013, respectively.
It is great so see that the Badgers have so many successful coaches. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!