Badger Bits: Gasser takes Taylor's scholarship

It didn't take long for Bo Ryan to fill Diamond Taylor's vacated scholarship.

Just a little over a week after Taylor withdrew from the University of Wisconsin after alledgedly burglarizing several campus dorm rooms, Port Washington's John Gasser told Ryan he will accept UW's scholarhsip offer and join the Badgers next season.

As we noted last week, Taylor's legal problems had a good chance of hurting Northwestern, which appeared to have the upperhand on Gasser, a sleeper-recruit who averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds as a junior.

Rob Schultz -- who covers the UW men's basketball team for Madison.com -- spoke with recruiting analyst Van Coleman who had good things to say about Gasser.

Among the topics discussed with Coleman was a possible backcourt of Gasser and Vander Blue, the Madison Memorial senior who backed out of his verbal commitment to the Badgers this summer, but still holds the final scholarship offer for next season.

Coleman said a Gasser-Blue backcourt could be better than the Kirk Penney-Devin Harris backcourt that led UW to two Big Ten titles.

On to some more links:

UW football notes: Moffitt moves to guard - Madison.com

Camp Randall security measures detailed - JSOnline
Recent security concerns have most college football stadiums on alert this weekend and Camp Randall is no exception. UW released a list of items that will not be allowed in the stadium Saturday. Just in case you were wondering, "weapons" is among those items banned from Camp Randall (right next to noisemakers and balloons).

A Michigan State writer's take on Saturday's game - Madison.com
Jim Polzin talks to Michigan State beat writer Joe Rexrode from the Lansing State Journal.

UW's Halloween football game vs. Purdue an 11 a.m. start

Finally, Bret Bielema continues to encourage students to show up to Camp Randall on time -- I have failed numerous times -- and today he send out a message via Twitter that said:

We have had a good week of preparation and getting healthier. Trying to encourage early student arrival for a great gameday environment.

 Good luck.

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