After spending the last three seasons on John Trask's staff at Wisconsin, Phil Presser is leaving to become the Director of the Indiana Fire Developmental Academy, effective April 1. UW is 1-0 this spring after defeating Green Bay, 2-0, on March 15. The Badgers play their second of six spring games April 6 at Western Illinois.
Fantastic work, guys. There's some quality majors in there, too -- even more so coming from a journalism grad! Heyo! Berggren's getting a Finance degree from the business school, Bohannon's majoring in Economics, Evans in Education Leadership and Fahey in Political Science.
Tough luck for former Badgers linebacker Mike Taylor -- the Wisconsin State Journal's Tom Mulhern reports Taylor cancelled a workout in front of pro scouts that was scheduled for Monday. As you may remember, Taylor did not participate in the NFL Scouting Combine and also sat out Wisconsin's pro day earlier this month. He underwent sports hernia surgery on Jan. 7 and was expected to be healthy for private workout with scouts. Instead, it seems Taylor will need some great fortune to get selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, April 25-27.
Prospective transfer Aaron Cosby has been released by Seton Hall to talk with 40 schools. Wait, does that mean he's been blocked from contacting the other 307 Division 1 teams?! WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE!!! No, it probably means Seton Hall approved 40 schools that Cosby submitted requests to look at. The other 307 schools? Who cares. Sorry, this subject will always be a sore spot for Badger fans. This is just another example of how ridiculous the media was in vilifying Bo Ryan when Jarrod Uthoff left Wisconsin. Uthoff had no intention of transferring to Duke or Georgia Tech. But when media momentum gets behind a "great story" like "Wisconsin blocks Uthoff from entire ACC," it is a shame nobody stops to think about what is really happening. (h/t to The Champaign Room)
Great news: That Point Guard That Totally Could've Helped the Badgers Finish in the Big Ten's Top Four Again... oh wait. The Badgers got by relatively fine without Gasser this season -- "exceeding expectations" -- but this is good news nontheless.The Badgers might be small next year with the graduations of Jared Berggren, Ryan Evans and Mike Bruesewitz, but boy, their backcourt should be a blast to watch. Potrykus also adds Gasser injured his LCL and meniscus, so the Badgers' staff is being careful with him. Get well soon, Josh.
We might need a whole bracket for all the possible outcomes in a matchup featuring the gator-chomping, landsharking Henderson and the fiery, orange afro'd Bruesewitz.
Tip-off times and announcers will be set after all the second-round games have been completed. The fifth-seeded Badgers get 12th-seeded Ole Miss at 11:40 a.m. on Friday, on truTV. Marv Albert, Steve Kerr and Craig Sager will be on the call.
Not bad, especially considering where the expectations fell to after Josh Gasser's injury, a mostly crappy non-conference slate, etc. Right?
Rejoice. The flat top should be a go tomorrow for Senior Day.
Several thoughts: 1. Tubby Smith can dance way, way better than I expected. Which was really not at all. He's still no Bo Ryan, though. 2. Regardless of what you thought of the Badgers' "Die Young" celebratory throwdown after upsetting Michigan last weekend, isn't it kind of wild that the Gophers found it worthy of jacking for themselves? 3. Can we get another pop star involved in all of this?