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A Phillip Welch update

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From the Where Are They Now? department: former Wisconsin kicker Phillip Welch is out in Denver, splitting his time between training to become an Anheuser Busch sales rep and kicking for the Colorado Ice of the Indoor Football League. Welch is two games into that IFL career, and apparently he's had to adjust to a smaller ball (of course) and narrow goal posts (huh. interesting.). Apparently, he can't make every practice (well, he is a kicker), though Anheuser is cool with him missing work to travel with the Ice. The interesting part, and what the Coloradoan (really?) story hits on is the practice time he's forced to spend on his own. Apparently it's helping, though Welch did hit the roof in his last game. Dang arena football. Other notes of interest: 1) He had a tryout with the Chicago Bears after graduating 2) The article says he's had "great success" with the Ice, though he's missed three of 10 field goals and two of nine extra points. OK, Borat.

Chris Borland is a freak, CBS Sports recognizes it

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There was only a little college football scheduling news today, so what else do we have to occupy our wandering minds with? Arbitrary superlatives, of course. Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com laid out his 20 craziest athletes in college football, and it was equal parts surprising and sweet to see Borland listed 1) at all, and 2) in the top 10. This is the reputation of a Wisconsin athlete that's being acknowledged, after all. Thanks to Twitter follower @Ben_Bryan, this GIF returns to us from the bottomless pit of 2012 college football memories. Coincidentally, the 2013 season starts in exactly 100 days.

Week 1 odds: Wisconsin owns college football's largest

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Some light, light Monday morning news for you: per BetOnline.com, Wisconsin's 45-point favorite status over UMass is the largest among Week 1 games. Early So freakin' early, yeah, but it's more brain fodder for getting through the wait until summer workouts and fall camp and all that good stuff. Other notable B1G lines: Minnesota (-17) vs. UNLV; Michigan State (-24) vs. Western Michigan; Northwestern (-6) vs. Cal; Penn State (-4) vs. Syracuse; Iowa (-6.5) vs. Northern Illinois.

Coming Soon: "BielePrez," starring Bret Bielema and Bill Clinton

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Oh, to be a fly on the wall for that conversation.

A look at the top-heaviness of the Big Ten

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Tom Fornelli has a nice read over at The Champaign Room taking a look at the top-heaviness of the Big Ten in light of recent discussions regarding the recent discussions on the depth of the SEC and Big 12. Fornelli looked at how many weeks Big Ten teams have spent in the AP top 15 since 2007, and the results confirmed what we knew about Wisconsin -- the Badgers were steady members, second-most in the conference at 41 weeks. Check out the rest of the article for a more figures, as well as further reasoning as to why the Big Ten might be the most top-heavy conference in the land.

Today in This Photo Needs Your Captions: Lil Wayne tries to remember just who exactly Jon Leuer is

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Boy, this is gold. By no means is it a shot at Leuer either -- just for as noted of a sports enthusiast as Weezy is, I can't really imagine him being all too cognizant of the three minutes of playing time Leuer's received this postseason. Either way, I've never met Lil Wayne, so Jon -- just keep on doing your thing. Oh, and friendly readers, throw your captions this way if you'd like.

Devin Gaulden cleared to run

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That's great news for a secondary sorely lacking healthy, experienced bodies. Gaulden had offseason knee surgery and a subsequent setback that required another operation, though he hopes to be ready for fall camp. It seems Peniel Jean and Darius Hillary are the likely starters at cornerback, but Gaulden could push the likes of Hugs Etienne, Sojourn Shelton and new JUCO transfer Tekeim Reynard for playing time.

What's the holdup with LSU?

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NCAA bumps up college basketball practice date

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We talkin' about practice, y'all. The NCAA approved a rules proposal that moves the start of fall practice up two weeks. Previously, what was termed "Midnight Madness" for most programs came on or around October 15. Now, teams can start practicing in very early October -- not in an effort to practice every damn day and drive their conditioning drills into the ground, but rather to allow coaches to space out their practice schedules and develop the most appropriate program. Bonus bit of good thinking: As ESPN.com's Eamonn Brennan points out, this is also the rare instance where the NCAA moves quickly to set in motion a policy that actually makes some sense. This plan first surfaced about two weeks ago.

LSU denies deal to play Wisconsin has been finalized

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Pump the brakes, at least for a little while, y'all. LSU officials are denying an agreement to play Wisconsin in Houston at the 2014 Texas Kickoff Classic has been reached, saying it's continuing to talk to other schools. Fox 26 Sports Wisconsin initially reported the deal was done, citing anonymous sources. Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also reported no deal has been reached, nor is one close.

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