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B5Q Blogopean Union: your sometimes weekly update is here

All the news that we didn’t get to this past week condensed into one post!

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Bo would not be pleased that we didn’t do one of these posts last week.
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Good afternoon! This is going to be a weekly(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.

  • Lawrence “L.O.” Johnson also played football at New Mexico, but we haven’t seen anything to suggest that he’ll play for the Badgers. He is a big addition to the track and field team, however, and it is nice to welcome him home to the great state of Wisconsin.
  • Man, I’ll miss watching Jonathan Taylor on Saturdays.
  • This is a bummer but entirely expected. Hopefully USA Hockey can figure out a virtual way to conduct these tryouts so the current, and one former, Badgers can have a chance to represent their country.
  • Some good news for a former Badgers hockey player as Wyatt Kalynuk has signed a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • More tough news on the “cool sporting events being cancelled” front.
  • Is this the Badgers consistently punching above their weight class in men’s hoops or are they a blue blood of the last decade? Hmmm, an interesting conversation to have.
  • A new D1 team in Minnesota means there is a new WCHA hockey team!
  • The planned renovations of Camp Randall Stadium have been put on hold. “The project was due to begin at the conclusion of the 2020 football season and open by the start of the 2021 campaign. It is now more likely that work will begin sometime in 2021 with a target opening for the 2022 campaign.” AD Barry Alvarez also mentioned that over 75% of the new seats have been requested for season tickets by fans.
  • Consistency is key to a successful operation imo.
  • Grad transfer M.E. Dodge will finish her career on the beach for Texas A&M Corpus Christi. We wish her luck!
  • “Chester’s Bo Ryan became a coaching legend at the University of Wisconsin. He led the Badgers to four Big 10 regular-season titles, three tournament titles and two Final Fours. The two-time national coach of the year posted a .737 winning percentage at Wisconsin from 2001-15. He also won four Division III men’s basketball championships at Wisconsin-Platteville.”

Ryan joins Kobe Bryant and many others, including tennis star who sometimes practiced in Wayne, Pennsylvania (my hometown) Lisa Raymond, in this year’s 2020 Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame class.