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Badger Bits: Leaders division up for grabs?

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Happy Friday everyone! (Insert Rebecca Black meme here). We're entering finals season here at the University, so I apologize for the brief post. Let's get to work.

According to Tom Mulhern at, all the NCAA-related turmoil in Columbus may leave the top spot in the Leaders division up for grabs next year. But do the Badgers have what it takes to take advantage of the power vacuum in the division? If they want to lead the Leaders division in 2011 (See what I did there?), they'll need parts of the team to step up. Here's what Mulhern had to say about the Badgers' question marks for 2011:

After averaging a school-record 41.5 points per game last season, the offense figures to take a step back. But nobody expected a spring game in which it could muster only a field goal. Budmayr got little help from an inexperienced receiver corps that gets back top threat Nick Toon (foot surgery) in the fall.

That seems to sum it up pretty well. It's not a stretch to say the offense will step back from its record-breaking ways in 2011, but the Badgers will need to find a way to stop the bleeding if they want to end OSU's hopes of another Big Ten Title. More links after the jump!

Former Wisconsin hockey player Jordy Murray has made it official. Murray signed a contract with Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the Swiss National League A.

Adam Rittenberg has been busy on the Big Ten blog. First, he has some recruiting thoughts, including a bit on Wisconsin's newest recruit: quarterback Bart Houston.

Rittenberg also has his post-spring power rankings up for the Big Ten. Take a look to see where the Badgers ended up!

Damn you Charlie Weis! Weis has lured another recruit away from the Badgers: this time it's Colin Thompson, a top tight-end recruit from Pennsylvania. He's committed to Florida, following former UW recruit Jacoby Brissett.

Finally, Rittenberg takes a look at what we've learned from spring football in the Big Ten.

Have a good weekend everyone!