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Badger Bits: Russell Wilson to Decide Before July 1?

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This really is the never-ending story. Just when you think the news about former NC State quarterback Russell Wilson is calming down, they throw a new rumor at us. Andy Baggot of Madison.com says according to a "source close to the situation," the former Wolfpack signal caller will make his final decision sometime before July 1. 

It was previously reported that Wilson would decide around July 4, but apparently his timetable has accelerated. Wilson's Asheville Tourists are currently on their All-Star break, and will resume play on Thursday. Baggot mentions that the decision could come sometime this week, so it would make sense if he announced sooner rather than later. 

And if you haven't gotten sick of hearing about Wilson, he's hitting .235/.333/.324 in his last 10 games, with three stolen bases and 15 strikeouts. It's a little better than his season line of .221/.365/.315, but he's not exactly lighting the South Atlantic League on fire. 

Brian Bennett of the Big Ten blog has his quarterback position rankings posted, and the Badgers come in at No. 11. I think its safe to say the Badgers will climb up the list if Wilson decides to be a Badger, however.

The Las Vegas Hilton posted odds for the Big Ten Championship Game, and the Badgers come in as a 2-1 bet. Take a look at the list- which teams' line tempts you the most? (If gambling were legal, of course.)

Rivals.com lists Wisconsin center Peter Konz as the nation's 66th best player for 2011. 

Dave Heller of the Journal-Sentinel writes that UNC's Roy Williams responded to Pat Richter's comments from a few months ago. Seriously- I thought this story was dead?

The UW women's hockey team lost a long-time assistant coach yesterday, as Tracey DeKeyser stepped down to focus on helping student athletes in the Fetzer Student-Athlete Center. 

Mike Lucas of UWBadgers.com writes that the Big Ten Network made the right choice in picking UW women's hockey coach Mark Johnson as the conferences' top women's coach.