Wisconsin Badgers news, 6/5: UW athletic department generated second-most revenue in 2013

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We're talking dollar signs today.

College athletic departments' success can be measured by championships, or it can be measured by student-athlete graduation rates. Ultimately, though, it is measured by the financial value, and UW's athletic department has certainly been successful. It generated $149 million in 2013 revenue, second in the nation.

So you fancy, huh? Camp Randall Stadium added some more toys to enhance the fan's experience.

Money, money, money, moneeeey: It isn't cheap to host an inferior opponent, whether it's a D-1AA team or non-Power-5 member. Fox Sport Wisconsin's Jesse Temple reveals the dollar signs behind scheduling, and writes that Wisconsin will pay Miami (Ohio) $1 million to travel to Madison in 2015 and $1.2 million to Florida Atlantic to do the same.

Recruiting updates: Mike has the latest recruiting notebook, noting a June visit from a recruit and some recent scholarship offers extended. Florida-area linebacker Jordan Griffin told Badgers 247 he will take an official visit to campus ($) the weekend Nov. 14 when Gary Andersen's squad faces Nebraska. Wisconsin is the most prominent team that has offered the Armwood High School product a scholarship, joined by UCF, Boston College, Cincinnati, Purdue and Utah. Class of 2015 running back Ty'Son Williams discusses the potential of heading up to Madison for a visit ($), and what the coaching staff is telling him.

"I can step in and make plays. I have potential. They feel like they could use me in a lot of different ways. It's kind of like 'Running Back U' at Wisconsin."

Can Bo Ryan coach seven more years? That's the question some may be asking, especially those who believe Tony Bennett will return to Wisconsin after Bennett signed a seven-year extension with Virginia on Tuesday. I talked with Paul Grant, who played for Bennett's dad at Wisconsin from 1995-97, about playing with the Sconnie Legends for The Basketball Tournament (TBT), his time at UW, Ryan's squad 2013-14 Final Four run and much more.

Quick Hitters

ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert wrote an excellent column about the need for a minor-league system for the NFL. I couldn't be more in favor.

Randall Schneider has been promoted to associate head coach for Wisconsin's softball team.

The LEGO Movie will be played at Camp Randall's movie night set for June 19.

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