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Video: Past notable in-state Wisconsin football recruits

Barry Alvarez wanted to make a wall around Wisconsin. And that's what he did.

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Video: Check out Wisconsin's 2016 signing day class

This 2016 recruiting class has the potential to be special.

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Video: A look back at past notable Wisconsin walk-ons

Every team needs walk-ons, and Wisconsin is better at finding the good ones than anyone else.

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Nigel Hayes among 10 finalists for Julius Erving Award

Congrats to Nigel Hayes for making the trimmed list of 10 finalists for the second annual Julius Erving Award. Joining Hayes on the list are LSU's freshman sensation Ben Simmons and national player of the year candidate Denzel Valentine of Michigan State. The seven remaining finalists are: DeAndre Bembry (St. Joseph's), Trevon Bluiett (Xavier), Dillon Brooks (Oregon), Brandon Ingram (Duke), Roosevelt Jones (Butler), Damion Lee (Louisville) and Wayne Selden (Kansas). A winner will be announced April 8 at the ESPN College Basketball Awards.

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Russell Wilson announced as Wisconsin's spring commencement speaker

Despite how awkward this video was, this is an awesome idea. On Wisconsin!

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Wisconsin football's spring game date set

See you there!

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Russell Wilson wins Pro Bowl MVP

Even when the game is meaningless, Russ is the best there is.

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UW target RB Lil'Jordan Humphrey commits to Texas

Southlake, Texas (Carroll), athlete Lil'Jordan Humphrey verbally committed to Texas over Wisconsin on Saturday night on NBC 5's "Inside High School Sports." The composite three-star recruit made a surprise official visit up to Madison last weekend. Badger247's Evan Flood reported on Saturday that the 6'5 Humphrey notified the UW coaching staff sometime around Thursday of his decision to verbally commit to the Longhorns.

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Watch Wisconsin's National Signing Day hype video

Who from the 2016 class will be the one to make an instant impact?

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Owen Daniels grabs second TD of AFC Championship Game

Two catches, two touchdowns.

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Owen Daniels scores first TD of AFC Championship Game

Just the man who was once slated to play quarterback at Wisconsin doing he what does best.

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Caputo earns defensive MVP at East-West Shrine Game

The former Badger picked off two passes—one from Joel Stave himself—to earn the defensive MVP honors and likely turned a few NFL heads in the process.

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Jordan Smith awarded scholarship for final semester

Well deserved. Congratulations, Jordan!

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Watch: Badgers celebrate after Michigan State upset

Here's Wisconsin's post-game celebration after upsetting No. 4 Michigan State Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center. You can find the full final sequence of the game right here, as well. What a win for these Badgers.

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Watch: The final sequence of MSU-UW was incredible

Now this is a finish. Curt's recap from Madison will be up shortly but until then, bask in the glory of that tremendous sideline trap defense, Bronson Koenig's incredible vision and dish to Ethan Happ, and Happ's tough baseline basket.

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Wisconsin to ban hoverboards because 'the hallways are crowded'

Since skateboards and roller blades are already banned, this isn't terribly surprising. But using a reasoning of, "The hallways are crowded and we don’t want people running into others. We need to be concerned about that issue of safety and risk." is hilarious. Board carefully, my friends.

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Watch: Jared Abbrederis catches two-point conversion for Packers

Jared gets his first playoff points in the NFL! You made all of Wisconsin proud with that one, Jared!

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Sam Dekker's Mom gets in a sick burn

I found this to be thoroughly enjoyable. It's OK, Sam. We still love you.

UW has Big Ten-leading three NFL All-Pro alumni

The Badgers outdid the rest of the Big Ten yet again.

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Tim Krumrie elected to College Football Hall of Fame

Well-deserved. Congratulations, Tim!

Three Badgers named to ESPN Big Ten All-Bowl Team

These three were awesome against USC.

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Watch: Frank Kaminsky makes Draymond Green look silly

Frank, that's not even fair.

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Here's how much money Dave Aranda will make at LSU

Yep, that's big money Dave Aranda is getting from LSU, which poached the defensive coordinator away from Wisconsin on Friday night. Bruce Feldman's report also has this intriguing nugget: "Also, if Les Miles does get let go, Aranda is not tied to that. He will still be taken care of financially, a source told FOX Sports." Good for Aranda -- he deserves this. In the meantime, we're thinking about who Wisconsin might tab to replace him.

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Dave Aranda will be "one of the highest-paid" DCs at LSU

UPDATE: And now we know how much Aranda will be paid. As we've covered by now (first story here; Badgers' reactions here), LSU has hired away Dave Aranda from Wisconsin as the Tigers' next defensive coordinator. Badgers fans knew UW would likely lose Aranda at some point in the foreseeable future, but it seemed as though Aranda would spend at least one more year in Madison after a number of teams filled defensive coordinator openings with other candidates. A quick, and understandable, source of outrage for Wisconsin is the continuation of the storyline that UW just won't pay enough to keep top assistants in Madison. It first boiled up in Bret Bielema's last few years at Wisconsin and was also a perceived factor in Gary Andersen's surprise decision to bolt after two seasons. Now, Wisconsin fans are left with this nugget from Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman: "Aranda’s new deal with LSU will make him one of the highest-paid defensive coordinators in the country, a source told FOX Sports." We'll have much more on Aranda's departure, specifically the financial side of it, as quickly as possible.

Holiday Bowl roundup: Jack Cichy shines

Another former walk-on making an impact for the Wisconsin Badgers? No way.

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Watch: Joel Stave discusses bowl performance

Congratulations to Stave for becoming the winningest quarterback in Wisconsin history.

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Watch: Jack Cichy discusses his stellar game

Hear from the defensive player of the game.

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Watch: UW celebrates after Holiday Bowl win

Great way to celebrate a great win!

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Vince Biegel tweets he's returning to UW for 2016

From the man himself, redshirt junior outside linebacker Vince Biegel tweeted he is returning to Wisconsin for the 2016 season. Biegel could be primed for another huge season, and paired with fellow outside linebackers Jack Cichy and T.J. Watt, the ceiling is high for both the position group and the Badgers' defense.

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Report: Kayden Lyles expected to move to Madison

Great news for the Badgers! Per a report from the Arizona Republic, four-star offensive guard Kayden Lyles is expected to pay his senior year of football at a Madison-area high school. This could keep him committed far easier, though he is a legacy commit whose father, Kevin, played for UW in the 1990s and older brother, Kare', is an early enrollee this spring.

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Report: Caleb Kinlaw leaving UW

The former three-star running back recruit will look for other opportunities, which was first reported by the Wisconsin State Journal's Jason Galloway. Good luck, Caleb.

Badgers visit U.S. Navy, USS Theodore Roosevelt

The football team hung out aboard a huge U.S. Navy aircraft carrier on Monday.