Wisconsin Finishes No. 22 in USA Today Coaches Poll

In the final coaches poll of this 2012-13 college basketball season, the Badgers fell five spots to finish at No. 22.That puts them last among the five Big Ten teams to finish in the top 25, including national runner-up Michigan at No. 2, Ohio State at No. 6, Indiana at No. 7 and Michigan State at No. 13. Also poll-worthy: CBS released its way-too-early preseason rankings for next year and has the Badgers at an intriguingly highly 13. Neither ESPN, USA Today or Yahoo! put Wisconsin in their top 25, for what it's worth.

After 2nd No-Hitter, McIntosh Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week

Ain't nothing but a week's work: Wisconsin senior left-hander Meghan McIntosh tossed her second no-hitter of the season on Sunday vs. Minnesota, and for her efforts was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on Monday. McIntosh fanned eight Gophers while walking five over her six hitless innings, becoming the second Badger after Andrea Kirchberg to notch two no-hitters. McIntosh's no-no was also Wisconsin's first in Big Ten play. McIntosh also earned conference pitcher of the year honors after a no-hitter against Eastern Kentucky on March 10. This season, the Sierra Vista, Ariz, native is 8-2 with a 1.07 ERA over 58.2 innings.

Bo Ryan Named Recipient of 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award

Bo Ryan has been named the 2013 recipient of the Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award. As the press release highlights, the award is given annually to "to a college coach who has been significantly engaged in the program’s fundraising, education and promotional initiatives and who has demonstrated leadership in supporting the American Cancer Society’s fight to save lives from cancer." Ryan has raised over $1.5 million since joining Coaches vs. Cancer in 2007, and along with his wife, Kelly, earlier this year, he raised $42,000 at the Charity Stripe Challenge where UW students were encouraged to "Make Bo Pay." Ryan received the award on Saturday during the National Coaches vs. Cancer Council Meeting in Atlanta, the host city for this year's Final Four.

Photo: A Glimpse at Wisconsin's New Weight Room

From running backs coach Thomas Hammock. Sure looks cooler than the current/old McClain Center one.

Another Landmark in Mike Bruesewitz Hair History: The Kramer-do Is Gone

Say what you will, but it was still better than the yellow 'do Braxton Miller debuted this week.

Report: Burke, Hardaway Leaving Michigan Early

Hmm. Not sure how surprising at least one of these moves is, but nevertheless -- if true, what does this do for next year's Big Ten picture?

Tubby Smith Not Out of Work Long, Hired by Texas Tech

So Tubby wasn't out of work long. He heads to Texas Tech as Minnesota's coaching search drags on. Since many of you have ties, like to keep tabs on UM, etc. -- what'd you think of Tubby's firing? Who should replace him?

J.J. Watt's Rangers-Astros opening pitch hit 73 MPH

Oh gawd. Yes, I know a 73 MPH heater isn't blowing anybody away. It's also not really a heater. But when the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year just hops up there and slings it free -- granted, a bit outside -- that's pretty cool. Again, J.J. Watt made the effort play. Also, it's pretty cool how Houston's adopted Watt as its athlete du jour, eh?

Men's soccer assistant coach Phil Presser leaving Wisconsin to Indiana Fire Academy

After spending the last three seasons on John Trask's staff at Wisconsin, Phil Presser is leaving to become the Director of the Indiana Fire Developmental Academy, effective April 1. UW is 1-0 this spring after defeating Green Bay, 2-0, on March 15. The Badgers play their second of six spring games April 6 at Western Illinois.

Jared Berggren, Zach Bohannon, Ryan Evans and Dan Fahey Named All-Big Ten Academic

Fantastic work, guys. There's some quality majors in there, too -- even more so coming from a journalism grad! Heyo! Berggren's getting a Finance degree from the business school, Bohannon's majoring in Economics, Evans in Education Leadership and Fahey in Political Science.


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