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Former N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien says his relationship with Russell Wilson was never that bad

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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 hoping for a "White Out" Saturday night

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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.

Vonte Jackson moving to safety

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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.

Badgers Retain #1 Seed

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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.

SI.com's midseason Crystal Ball has some love for Wisconsin

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It's crazy we're already talking midseason lists, but hey, we say that sort of thing every year. Luke Winn has Wisconsin in his final four (each of the four writers also has Michigan State in the final four), and the MSU and Ohio State games are also tabbed as can't miss-matchups. Yeah, Wisconsin's catching some flak for only playing those two teams once and at home, but hey -- you take what you can get.

Ohio State hires former Wisconsin assistant Chris Ash as co-defensive coordinator

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We knew Chris Ash was a coaching star on the rise, but damn. Does this mean we're united with Bielema now?!

Mike Bruesewitz blogs on playing in Israel

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"Most of what I took was my young-adult wardrobe, which was also selected by my mother (aka Mrs. Erickson)."

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Wisconsin opens at 40/1 odds to win 2014 College Football Playoff

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Bovada's been busy today, so this just gets the FanShot treatment. But 40/1 seems a little low, no?

McCaffrey suspended and Iowa fined

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Looks like that tirade had some additional consequences. One game suspension for Fran and a $10,000 fine to the school (which seems an odd way to do it, but maybe that's just how it's got to be done with the rules in the B1G?).

Jessie Vetter will have real gold on her mask in Sochi

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Former Badger Jessie Vetter is one of the best women's goaltenders in the world, and she'll suit up once again for the United States at the upcoming Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Apparently, Vetter will be rocking a goalie mask with real gold paint on it as well. Pretty cool if you ask me. Photo via @InGoalMedia on Twitter.