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Wisconsin's summer conditioning program plan

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Tom Mulhern dropped one nice feature on new strength coach Evan Simon that we discussed in this morning's Badger Bits, and he followed it up with this nice breakdown of UW's plan for the seven-week summer conditioning session. Players will now condition every day, Monday-Friday. Granted, the amount of work isn't changing; it's just spread out more over the week. This falls in line with Gary Andersen's stated interest in "prehab to prevent rehab," and it also compensates for UW not running an eight-week session, the maximum mandated by the NCAA. Andersen wants to leave a week at the end for players' "discretionary" time. Mulhern also has the weekly schedule, which is kind of interesting. Basically, Monday is a power day for lower-body workouts; Tuesday is upper-body strength and speed improvement; Wednesday is a no-lift, agility-focused session; Thursday is more strength and lower body, as well as tempo running; Friday is supposedly the hardest day with a focus on metabolic conditioning.

Family played a large role in Erik Helland jumping from the NBA to Wisconsin

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Thanks to this great feature from Jessie Temple of Fox Sports Wisconsin, we're able to get a better introduction to Helland, Wisconsin men's basketball's new strength and conditioning coach. Helland spent 24 seasons with the Bulls and the last 12 as their head strength coach, but the Edgerton, Wis., native told Temple he just couldn't compensate for the rigorous work schedule with his family. "'I sat down and I crunched numbers when I was making this decision,' Helland said. 'If you count home games, where I leave my house at 8 o'clock in the morning, I don't get home until 11:30 at night. I looked at being away from my family 150-plus days last year. I couldn't reconcile that with my family.'"

Wisconsin issues statement from Deputy AD Sean Frazier on Rutgers AD search

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"I was honored to be a part of the search for the athletic director position at Rutgers University. The process was enlightening and made me better prepared for the next opportunity that may come my way. I wish nothing but the best for Rutgers University and Julie Hermann. While I love my job at the University of Wisconsin, I have a desire to return to the ranks as an athletic director at a respected Division I institution one day. Until that time, I will continue to put all of my focus into making sure the student athletes and administration at Wisconsin get my best effort each and every day."

University of Wisconsin Athletic Communications

UPDATE: Chris Beatty withdrew name from ETSU search

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UPDATE: We can rest easy. Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Beatty withdrew his name from the search.//If you thought we were done talking about assistant coaches leaving Wisconsin, think again. Chris Beatty is in his first year as the Badgers' wide receivers coach, though he's currently in the run for the vacant head coaching job at East Tennessee State. Beatty played wide receiver and graduated from there in 1994. The football program was dropped in 2003 but was reinstated last winter. Former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer was hired as a consultant and is presumably heavily involved in hiring a head coach. If Beatty does indeed leave, he'll be the second assistant Gary Andersen is tasked with replacing in his first season at UW. Tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Jay Boulware lasted about two months after jumping to Oklahoma in March. Jeff Genyk was hired as his replacement

Bret Bielema's reaction to Gordon Gee's "retirement" (how we imagine it)

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This is courtesy of @LSUFreek. As far as we're concerned, Bielema doesn't really need to respond now that we have this.

Wisconsin drops lawsuit against adidas

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As expected, UW-Madison is no longer at issue with adidas over alleged labor issues at an Indonesian factor, PT Kizone. Back in April, adidas reached an agreement with the union representing the factory workers who complained of significant missed severance payments. The details of that agreement are confidential, though the response from local and national labor groups has generally been positive. UW-Madison also expressed its support of the agreement after it was announced. The university's Board of Regents initially alleged in the suit that adidas must pay the workers $2 million in back wages and benefits, as well as a honor a code of conduct provision. Dropping the lawsuit indicates those are no longer issues for the university, as interim chancellor David Ward went on record to state they've been accomplished.

New NCAA Football 14 Dynasty Mode trailer: Recruiting looks awesome

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EA will be announcing more details today regarding this year's edition of Dynasty Mode, and it looks like it'll be a significant upgrade. Recruiting is all in one place, it's point-based (no more time-consuming "phone calls" and such) and everything's streamlined in one place. There's also an RPG element to coaching, meaning you'll get bonuses when your coaches hit certain milestones in recruiting, within games and after hitting various school records. No word on how Tebow gets into this edition, though.

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.

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