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Wisconsin releases findings of safety review; 1993 football team to be celebrated

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Well, at least Wisconsin Badgers fans can enjoy other college football games, some Major League Baseball playoff races, and you know, maybe family or something.

UW Athletics releases safety review results

On Friday, UW revealed via press release the completion of its safety review that was “conducted under the direction of Walter Dickey, UW-Madison Professor of Law Emeritus and Special Assistant to the Athletic Director and included representatives from campus units, faculty, the Board of Regents and the UW Athletic Board.”

Wisconsin touted that the review “affirmed the success of most of the department’s practices and offered recommendations for an even greater level of care for UW Athletics’ student-athletes and staff.” From the release on what could be improved:

Among the specific findings and recommendations …

One of the most common observations from student-athletes and staff related to the need for greater monitoring of access to, and traffic in, UW athletics facilities. UWPD has agreed to audit athletics facilities and make recommendations about how to improve safety in them.

While staffing of athletic trainers has increased significantly, a further analysis of staffing in this area is needed to ensure that the needs of UW student-athletes are being met.

Student-athletes desire improved mental health services, which reflects a similar need across the student body as a whole. UW Athletics will survey appropriate staff and students to determine the adequacy of the department’s services in this area.

The department will work to improve the communication of its processes to student-athletes and staff so they are clear on how (and to whom) to report health and safety concerns, including sexual assault and harassment. The department is already at work on this.

Read more on the review, which based on the release included many in-person interviews and meetings with staff and student-athletes.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes and staff are my top priority,” Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said in the release. “I am both thankful that we have much already in place that addresses those needs and appreciative of the thoughtful recommendations the review has yielded. The bottom line is that this review will make Wisconsin Athletics better.”

Wisconsin to honor 1993 team during Nebraska game

One of the most historic teams in program history, this squad will be celebrated next weekend during halftime of the Nebraska game.

Wisconsin announced earlier this week that the 1993 team will have a reunion next weekend from Oct. 5–6 that will have over 70 players and coaches attending, including Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez and the following:

  • Quarterback Darrell Bevell
  • Running back Terrell Fletcher
  • Tackle Joe Panos
  • Safety Jeff Messenger
  • Tight end Michael Roan
  • Nose tackle Lamark Shackerford
  • Coordinators Brad Childress and Dan McCarney

That year, Wisconsin went 10–1–1, won the Big Ten Conference and the program’s first Rose Bowl title.

Jake Ferguson named John Mackey Tight End of the Week

Redshirt freshman Jake Ferguson claimed a weekly honor on Wednesday, as the John Mackey Award named him as its John Mackey Tight End of the Week.

Ferguson caught four passes for 58 yards and his first career touchdown reception in Wisconsin’s 28–17 win over Iowa on Saturday night inside Kinnick Stadium.

On the season, the second-year tight end currently ranks second on the team in receptions (12) and receiving yards (166).

As B5Q noted earlier on Wednesday, Ferguson has become one of the standouts of Wisconsin’s offense through four games of the 2018 season and has been a reliable target for quarterback Alex Hornibrook.

Out of his 12 receptions, 10 have moved the chains for first downs. Six of those catches that have resulted in a fresh set of downs have come on third down.

Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson—who caught three passes for 125 yards against Wisconsin this past weekend—and Texas State’s Keenen Brown were noted as honorable mention nominees.

Alex Hornibrook is good

Badgers at Big Ten Basketball Media Days

On Thursday, the conference announced which players from its respective programs would participate in the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Media Day coming up on Oct. 11. From Wisconsin, it seems like a no-brainer with redshirt senior forward Ethan Happ and sophomore guard Brad Davison.

Khalil Iverson: Oh My

Attack your weekend like the Wisconsin forward attacked the rim this week.

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