The real story here, though: Mayock has Borland above Ohio State's Ryan Shazier. Brace yourselves for the grumbling from Columbus.
11 a.m.'s still too early, if you ask me.
It'd still be nice to have Thomas Hammock coaching Wisconsin's latest crop of talented rushers, but he's at least given input on a possible ideal replacement. On his way out of Madison, Hammock reportedly recommended Syracuse running backs coach DeAndre Smith, per Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal. Hammock played for Smith at Northern Illinois, rushing for 1,095 yards as a junior under Smith in 2001 before a heart condition shortened Hammock's career. Of course, a recommendation is just a recommendation, but Hammock's opinion almost assuredly carries some weight. Smith's experience also speaks for itself -- he's coached nine thousand-yard rushers and three eventual NFL running backs in 15 years.
Congrats, Mike Taylor! He's the latest former Wisconsin Badger to become a Seattle Seahawk. A lingering sports hernia forced him to miss both the 2013 combine and UW's pro day. A workout with the Green Bay Packers followed, as did a week-long stint on the Seahawks' practice squad in December. In case you forgot, Taylor was insanely productive at Wisconsin -- he totaled 273 tackles (24 for loss) and five sacks in 2011 and 2012. He joins Russell Wilson, Chris Maragos and O'Brien Schofield as former Badgers in Seattle. Taylor's signing also means Wisconsin is now the most represented school on the Super Bowl champion's roster, exceeding Texas A&M's three alums.
Nice, umm, effort. But since you failed to spell "Russell" correctly, I'm afraid this is not quite #AllRussellWilsonEverything. You're close, though.
Former N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien told reporters on a conference call Friday that he has no regrets about how he handled Russell Wilson's final year with the Wolfpack, and that his relationship with the Super Bowl-bound quarterback isn't as bad as the media portrayed it to be. It's been widely understood that O'Brien, now an associate head coach and tight ends coach at Virginia, gave Wilson an ultimatum to choose between playing baseball or football at N.C. State prior to the 2011 season. Wilson ultimately chose to transfer, and the rest is literally history, as we all so fondly remember.
Wisconsin plays Ohio State in a hockey series for the first time ever this weekend, and the Badgers are planning a "White Out" for the Saturday game. Puck drops at 7 p.m. CT, and UW's hoping fans will wear "their best Badger white for the game." Presumably that means anything but your old, plain white tees from high school that Mom probably told you to trash five times already. Whatever, Mom. They're still comfortable.
Wisconsin sophomore Vonte Jackson is switching to safety from running back as he works his way back from his third ACL tear in less than two years, the Wisconsin State Journal's Tom Mulhern reports. The Badgers attempted something similar with a speedy running back in Jeff Lewis last spring, but he was unable to make an impact in the secondary before switching back to running back. After losing Dezmen Southward to graduation and Tanner McEvoy -- at least tentatively -- to the quarterback battle, Wisconsin's left with junior Michael Caputo and sophomores Nate Hammon, Leo Musso and Joe Ferguson at safety.
The SBNation bracketology hasn't been updated yet, but Joe Lunardi over at ESPN has released an updated bracketology today. Wisconsin slipped a spot in his S curve, but only from #3 to #4, allowing us to retain our #1 seed. He points out in an interview that while Wichita State is trying to make a case to steal that #4 spot, they're only 3-0 against the field while the Badgers are 8-1 and even the loss wasn't enough to knock us down with the cushion we'd built up.