Good morning! This is going to be a daily(ish) post that discusses the goings on of the rest of the Big Ten Conference, and the country as needed. Much like the European Union, the Big Ten is a loosely confederated group of entities that sometimes have the same goals (like free movement of people between countries or not winning national titles in football or basketball) and sometimes accept new members that they later regret (Estonia or Rutgers).
We hope that you will use this post to comment on things happening around the conference and also as a sort of daily open thread to discuss breaking news or argue about Spotted Cow.
- Things aren’t going well for the correct, handsome and smart faction of the readership here that knows Spotted Cow isn’t good.
It’s time this is settled once and for all. @JakeKoco on one side and @drewhamm5 on the other. Is Spotted Cow “good” or “meh, I’ll drink it over PBR”?— Bucky's 5th Quarter (@B5Q) August 6, 2019
CHOOSE YOUR SIDE AND PREPARE FOR BATTLE! #spottedcow #newglarus #craftbeer #onlyinwi
I’ve already tagged everyone that voted for it being “good” and I will be passive-aggressively making comments about you for the rest of time.
- Quintez Cephus is asking that Wisconsin decide on his readmission to school by Thursday.
The lawyers for former Badger WR Quintez Cephus announce they are petitioning UW-Madison for his readmission. They have asked for a response by Thursday. This follows last week’s not guilty verdict in his sexual assault case.— Amy Gill (@amygillsports) August 6, 2019
He should definitely be readmitted to school, but I can’t imagine a bureaucracy as large as UW-Madison will be able to give him an answer in under 48 hours. What this means for his future as a football player is also unknown currently, but the #LetQTPlay hashtag is gaining momentum on Twitter amongst fans as well as current and former players. We hope to have a post up discussing all of this later on Wednesday.
- I’m not sure if the preseason polls in women’s soccer are as worthless as they are in football, but the Badgers are ranked 16th and that’s pretty good!
- Former Badgers point guard Tai Strickland is now with Temple. As a Philadelphia native, I’ve always had a soft spot for Temple (and own a Pepe Sanchez Owls jersey still) and I hope Strickland and the Owls have a good season.
- The Wisconsin women’s basketball team has finalized its non-conference schedule.
If anything, the Badgers won’t be tired in the fourth quarter of any games this season.
- As a noted fan of Ben Simmons Summer Workout/Jump Shooting Videos, I know that you shouldn’t always put a lot of stock in stuff like this...but...I don’t think the Badgers will miss a three all season.
Let’s check in on how the Badgers are adjusting to that new 3-point line... pic.twitter.com/xmRyXT1yCy— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) August 6, 2019
- With Gorniak and Cole Caufield both drafted by the Montreal Canadiens, do we all have to cheer for the Habs now?
What will sophomore season bring for speedster and @CanadiensMTL draft pick @gorny11? Tied for second in #Badgers rookie scoring and scored his first career goal with his high school team in the stands at the Kohl Center last year. pic.twitter.com/IKwKwglp4q— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) August 6, 2019
God, I hope not.
- Cole Van Lanen was named the 28th best player in the country by Pro Football Focus. The nice people over there had this to say about him:
All set to be the next big thing from Wisconsin’s offensive line factory, Van Lanen was beyond impressive on 560 snaps a season ago. In fact, he returns as the nation’s highest-graded tackle overall and his run-blocking grade of 90.0 is a full 9.0 points higher than the next-closest tackle. In pass protection, he allowed just six total pressures across 223 snaps and will anchor the left side for whoever is at quarterback for the Badgers in 2019.
They are releasing the top-20 over the next two days.
- Our friends at Corn Nation have been running a nice series answering some questions about NCAA volleyball. Part four of their series is on substitutions.
- 3-star Chicago point guard picks Iowa for 2020.
- 4-star Texas safety commits to Purdue for 2020.
- Ohio State’s team beat Marquette’s team in the final of The Basketball Tournament. Siri, insert that gif of Larry David going back and forth trying to decide what is better!
- Former Northwestern superback, Danny Vitale, is playing well for the Green Bay Packers in training camp.
- Maryland’s projected top wide receiver, Jeshaun Jones, will miss this season with a torn ACL.