In the good-news department, the Big Ten football championship will continue to be held in Indianapolis through the 2021 season, and the basketball championship will return to its original destinations -- Indianapolis' Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Chicago's United State -- on a rotation between 2019 and 2022. It's possible 2018 will be the year the tourney shifts to Madison Square Garden.
Phil Steele compiled his yearly preseason All Big-Ten Team and a number of Gary Andersen's players were featured. Melvin Gordon, Kyle Costigan and Rob Havenstein made their way onto the conference's first team. Tyler Marz, Derek Landisch and Sojourn Shelton landed on the third team, while Dan Voltz and Michael Caputo garnered fourth-team honors.
Fox Sports Wisconsin's Jesse Temple continues featuring the most important players for the 2014 season: No. 12 is Jordan Fredrick.
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Badgers in the NFL: With Colin Kaepernick earning a record $61 million guaranteed on Wednesday, how much can Russell Wilson expect next year? Quite a bit, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. ESPN.com's Mike Sando outlines the quarterbacks who will be worth that much on the open market (Insider) after their current deal expires, andWilson came in second before Andrew Luck (Insider). CBS Sports' Pete Prisco reveals his list for the top 25 breakout players for 2014 and two Badgers made the list: Montee Ball (No. 4) and Travis Frederick (No. 16). David Gilreath has signed with the Oakland Raiders.
Diamond Stone has risen to the No. 1 spot atop Scout.com's player rankings for the class of 2015 ($) while Henry Ellenson made the jump to No. 7. Of the top 100 prospects in the list, Wisconsin has an interest in six (Stone, Ellenson; shooting guard Jimmy Whitt, No. 49; power forward Esa Ahmad, No. 64; committed shooting guard Brevin Pritzl, No. 69; and center Josh Sharma, No.90). Jake talked with recent football commit, Homestead's David Pfaff. Linebacker Tyriq Thompson will visit campus next weekend ($).
Wisconsin women's soccer team released its 2014 schedule Thursday, highlighted by 12 teams that made the NCAA tournament last year.
UW men's track & field's Nick Caldwell earned himself a first-team spot on the Capital One Academic All-American team and Kimberey Dinh was named to the second team.