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Wisconsin Badgers news, 6/27: Gary Andersen, Dave Aranda, Bo Ryan, more

It's a coaches-heavy edition of Badger Bits today.

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Every team has expectations, and a season's success is ultimately perceived within them. Wisconsin's expectations have been high, but's Adam Rittenberg writes about the overhype of Gary Andersen's squad.

Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has been tabbed as the eighth-hottest coordinator in the game.

The tight end unit at Wisconsin has been a mainstay of the program, and this year's unit is certainly living up to the tradition. Fox Sports Wisconsin's Jesse Temple looks at Sam Arneson and co.

Speaking of tradition, the walk-on program for the Badgers has been stout ever since Barry Alvarez arrived to town.You can vote in our poll to determine greatest player to not be offered a scholarship from UW out of high school.

Linebacker Chris Orr gave his commitment to Andersen and the team earlier this month, and Jake has the story on how the Texas native can't wait to get on campus.

Russell Wilson will be holding his Passing Academy in Madison on Saturday.


From UW-Plateville to UW-Milwaukee and Wisconsin, Bo Ryan has made a solid imprint on each of his coaching destinations. This warrants a top-10 ranking among college basketball head coaches, as Ryan is No. 7 on's list. Stemming from his early days in Chester, Pennsylvania, Ryan was engrained with toughness and discipline, and his teams at UW have followed suit.


The Badgers' non-conference schedule has yet to be filled, and Mike Eaves is in a bind to find an opponent for the late October or early November weekend, as Wisconsin State Journal's Andy Baggot points out.

The Blake Geoffrion Classic will be held later today, so's Mike Lucas talks with the former skater on giving back to the community and his illustrious career in the red and white.

Quick hitters

Let's welcome Jabari Parker to the state of Wisconsin: the former Duke forward was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the second overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Women's golfer Kimberly Dinh finished in second place at the Michigan PGA Women's Open.