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It's been a very slow week in Badgerland, but things picked up last night when Wisconsin received its third oral commitment for 2011.

Austin Maly, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound tight end, told the Badgers' coaching staff he will attend UW after being offered a scholarship Tuesday.

It's unclear how good of a get this is for UW, but given their run with tight ends one would have to assume this is another talented tight end that has flown under the radar. Maly only had offers from Illinois State and Western Michigan, but according to, he was getting "growing interest" from Arizona, Indiana, Minnesota, Oregon and Oregon State.

Maly is the second tight end to commit for 2011. Merrill tight end Sam Arneson is already one of three players who are set to attend UW. Baldwin-Woodville linebacker Jake Keefer is the third.

We'll find out Thursday if Barry Alvarez will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The announcement will be made at Noon CT on ESPNEWS. In the meantime, Mike Lucas has a great column on on Alvarez's coaching fraternity.

Finally, it is very possible former Badger Adam Burish will get his name on Lord Stanley's Cup. Andy Baggot breaks down the rules for getting your name on the cup and while Jack Skille and Jake Dowell likely won't qualify (they will have to play in the Finals and neither are in the playing rotation right now), Burish has become a mainstay in the lineup during the playoffs and will definitely play in the Finals.

Burish hasn't done much that shown up on the stat sheet during the playoffs but he certainly has been a factor. And there is one stat that proves his worth down the stretch: The Blackhawks are 11-1 in the playoffs when Burish plays and they are 1-3 when he doesn't.