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Badger Bits: Russell Wilson Confirms July 1 Deadline

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Russell Wilson is set to make his decision soon- where do you think he will end up?
Russell Wilson is set to make his decision soon- where do you think he will end up?

There are only 66 days until Badger football -- why not order your copy of Badger Kickoff 2011? It's only $9.99. I'm sure that will help the time fly by. 

Take a trip with me back to last Wednesday- Andy Baggot heard from a source that former NC State quarterback Russell Wilson would make a decision about his future by July 1. Well, Dave Heller of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ran across this excellent nugget: Wilson spoke with the Asheville Citizen-Times, and confirmed he will decide at the end of this week. 

Obviously, Wilson might need to make two decisions at once- does he stick with a professional baseball career or return to school for one last hurrah under center?  And if he chooses to go back to college, will he go to the Badgers or the defending national champion Auburn Tigers? Be sure to keep it here at B5Q- we'll keep you posted. 

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, former Wisconsin running back Zach Brown will transfer to Pittsburgh. Good luck to Zach in the Big East- here's hoping he gets the chance to have a good senior season. 

Head on over this week to one of our sister sites, Off Tackle Empire. It's Wisconsin week over there, and they'll be previewing the Badgers the best way they know how- with potlucks and cocktail parties! Woo! 

Check out Adam Rittenberg's latest mailblog on ESPN's Big Ten blog. 

Mike Lucas of writes that Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema inherited a lot of qualities from his mother, Marilyn, who is a two-time breast cancer survivor. 

Tom Oates of writes that the new Big Ten hockey conference will raise some big issues for college hockey as a whole. 

Four Badgers were chosen in the NHL draft over the weekend. Joseph LaBate went 101st to Vancouver, Michael Mersch went at No. 110 to the LA Kings. Three rounds later, Patrick Daly went to the New Jersey Devils (who may be interested in luring Badgers coach Mike Eaves to the NHL as well.) Finally, Brad Navin was taken by the Buffalo Sabres with the 197th pick. 

Have a great day!