49ers LB Chris Borland out for remainder of NFL season


The San Francisco 49ers fell 17-7 in Seattle on Sunday, but it looks like another injury will harm their defense. The ankle injury linebacker Chris Borland suffered in Sunday's game against the Seahawks looks to be enough to end his late Rookie of the Year charge for the Badger alumnus.

Borland will end the year with 107 tackles, two interceptions, a sack and a fumble recovery. Those numbers are made all the more impressive when you consider Borland made 100 of those tackles in the eight games he started.

Wisconsin-Whitewater kicker Lake Bachar drills returner in 2014 Stagg Bowl


Wisconsin Whitewater captured their sixth NCAA Division III championship Friday night in a 43-34 victory. Sophomore kicker Lake Bachar converted three of four field goal attempts, but also laid a solid hit on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter.

UW-Whitewater player got flagged for defending his kicker's right to HIT STICK #STAGGBOWL

— Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) December 20, 2014

Report: Dave Aranda will return as Wisconsin defensive coordinator


Dave Aranda will return as Wisconsin's defensive coordinator under Paul Chryst, Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal reports. Our in-depth analysis:

That's pretty huge.

Interesting detail, too, from Zach Heilprin of ESPN Wisconsin: "Was told that a number of players, including most of the linebackers, went to Dave Aranda last week to ask him to stay."

Paul Chryst a 'done deal' to UW; expected to make a run at Bob Bostad


We heard Bob Bostad's name mentioned early in the "Paul Chryst to Wisconsin" rumors stage, and now they appear to be heating up again. Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reports that Paul Chryst is expected to take a run at Bostad, the current Tennessee Titans offensive line coach who was the Badgers' run game coordinator from 2006-11. He also coached tight ends in his first two year at Madison before moving to run game/offensive line coach duties.

Also on Tuesday, the Wisconsin State Journal reported that Chryst to Wisconsin is a "done deal." The newspaper's report also says Bostad "has told friends he’d like to get back to the Midwest and coach in college again."

Update: Paul Chryst told Pitt players of meeting with UW


Update, 3:05 p.m.: Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who's been all over this story from the Pitt side, reports that Chryst plans to meet with Wisconsin reps on Tuesday. He informed Pitt players in a meeting Tuesday morning, but it's unclear how much exactly he told them -- some reports indicate he merely told them that he was meeting with Wisconsin, not that he was definitively leaving.

Rich Walsh of KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh reports Pitt head coach Paul Chryst is flying on Tuesday to meet with University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank about UW's vacant head coaching job. Similarly, Mike Heller of TheBig1070 in Madison reported earlier on Tuesday that Chryst is expected to arrive in Madison Wednesday morning.

Wisconsin can't officially offer the job to Chryst until Wednesday, so don't expect any announcement before then. But it seems as though we could be on track for the widely expected Wednesday announcement, followed by the introductory press conference on Thursday.

Report: Wisconsin OL, DL coaches 'certain' to go to Oregon State


According to Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal, Wisconsin offensive line coach T.J. Woods and defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a are "certain" to join Gary Andersen at Oregon State. It's unclear if they would coach for UW in the Outback Bowl vs. Auburn on New Year's Day.

The only official news regarding Andersen's staff at OSU came Monday, when the Beavers announced that Andersen would be retaining wide receivers coach Brent Brennan. Unless Paul Chryst wants to bring Pitt receivers coach Greg Lewis with him to Madison, Chris Beatty's chances of remaining Wisconsin's receivers coach seem to have increased, especially with his recruiting results during two years in Madison.

There's still some time remaining before we get some conclusive news about Wisconsin's next coaching staff, as defensive coordinator Dave Aranda remains in demand and the statuses of coaches like offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, running backs coach Thomas Brown, safeties coach Bill Busch and tight ends coach Jeff Genyk remain up in the air. There's also cornerbacks coach Ben Strickland, but as a Badger since his playing days, it'd be quite shocking to see him leave for anything less than a significant promotion.

Report: Wisconsin, Oregon State, others pursuing Dave Aranda


This report from isn't necessarily surprising, but as things with Paul Chryst remain mostly quiet and unchanged (at least until Wednesday, when Wisconsin can officially offer him the job), defensive coordinator Dave Aranda becomes the next most intriguing piece of this puzzle.

Would Paul Chryst share Barry Alvarez's interest in keeping Aranda in Madison, despite Chryst's history of running a 4-3 while Aranda has spent the last two years implementing a successful 3-4 at Wisconsin? Would Aranda follow Andersen's steps in making a lateral-at-best move to Oregon State? Or could someone like a North Carolina, Texas Tech or Mississippi State come calling for Aranda, being among teams currently in need of a defensive coordinator?

Those are the questions. The answers? Hopefully we're only a day away from finding out more.

Report: Paul Chryst bringing at least two assistants to UW


In a move that shouldn't really surprise anyone at this point, is reporting that former Wisconsin offensive coordinator and current Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst -- who made some brief remarks on Monday -- will be the new head coach in Madison. The announcement could come as soon as Wednesday, as UW-Madison was able to successfully petition the state of Wisconsin to grant an exception to the state law mandating public employment listings be active for a minimum of two weeks.

Of note, current Pitt defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Matt House is also reportedly headed to Wisconsin, but in a different capacity. This, of course, leaves the defensive coordinator title available to incumbent DC Dave Aranda, who is thought to be highly coveted by both Wisconsin as well as Oregon State, the new home of Gary Andersen, who brought Aranda to Madison with him from Utah State.

Additionally, current Pitt offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Joe Rudolph is reported to be joining Chryst's new staff at UW. Rudolph, like Chryst, had previously coached at Wisconsin from 2008-11 as the Badgers' tight ends coach.

Much more coverage is to come as the new regime in Madison is built out, but it looks like Wisconsin football has its new head ball coach.

Melvin Gordon Wins the Doak Walker


Congratulations to MG3. You're one of the greatest running backs in Wisconsin history and you're certainly deserving.

Wisconsin is really taking this coaching search in stride


Well this could be one of those all-time great "Caption this" photos. Also, props to Wisconsin for really owning this craziness by turning it into a hashtag.

This photo comes from Barry Alvarez in Tampa for ESPN's college football award show. Yes, that is Jon Gruden.


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