Due to Big Ten media day news, we didn't have time for a proper recruiting notebook for today, but you know we've always got time for you eventually, baby. A couple of quick recruiting notes to get you through your Tuesday: Mon Denson (three-star Georgia running back) is deciding where he will commit today at 1 p.m. CT. He's got South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Arkansas as his final five. Most recruiting types have him going to the Gamecocks. Three-star Tallahassee offensive lineman Brendan Loftus is also announcing his commitment today at approximately 1:22 p.m. CT at a big Florida panhandle media day event. His final three schools include UW, FAU and The U. Most project him picking Miami. A four-star 2016 WR from Philadelphia announced his top five yesterday and Wisconsin made the cut. Cameron Chambers also tabbed Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State and Alabama as his top schools.
This seems like a natural idea considering the program's ties -- Barry Alvarez has even admitted to modeling Wisconsin's walk-on program after Nebraska's. But what would the trophy be? Just check the replies to that tweet for a few early takes. Yes, it's likely that Wisconsin just scored again.
Turns out nobody's immune to photo/radio-bombing, including Gary Andersen. That's Melvin Gordon, Rob Havenstein and Warren Herring from left to right.
Personally, I think that's a fine jacket.
Wisconsin-Arkansas would be so great, especially in Madison, if it was like, next year. Does anyone think Bret Bielema will be in Arkansas by 2020?
I took part in Athlon Sports' game-by-game predictions for Wisconsin and pegged the Badgers to finish 11-1. That was the rosiest outlook of the bunch, though nobody picked a worse record than 9-3 and four people picked 10-2. Take a look at the justifications for all of our predictions, then share your own below!
The managers of SB Nation's previous Northwestern site, Sippin' On Purple, simply got too busy with day-time responsibilities (mostly for sbnation.com, anyway) and were unable to keep Northwestern coverage churning out. Good news, though: as of this week, Inside NU is officially live on the network. The above link is an intro from site manager Kevin Trahan, who's also done some awesome college football work for sbnation.com. If you need to scout NU or see if they've finally, actually become Chicago's Big Ten Team (I say yes), then this'll be your best destination.
Look who's back together. Ben Brust and Jordan Taylor are both participating on the Milwaukee Bucks' summer league team, which is a pretty awesome Wisconsin reunion. @BadgerMBB also has some quotes from Brust about being back with Taylor, as well as Jabari Parker and Jason Kidd.
Wisconsin's comes in at No. 8, which feels honestly and mostly fair. The unit is definitely talented, but that youth/inexperience is scary. What say you?
CBS Sports ranks college athletics programs each year, pulling in the results of "those sports that generate the broadest base of fan and media interest" as well as a wild-card spot that went to each school's most successful team from the following group of spectator sports: softball, men's lacrosse, men's ice hockey, men's soccer, wrestling, women's soccer or women's gymnastics. Wisconsin checked in at No. 12, second in the Big Ten only to Michigan State. It's score of 156 in football ranked 22nd, while it's men's basketball score of 166 was fourth. Overall, this seems pretty impressive -- especially when you consider Wisconsin finished 12th despite receiving zeroes for both women's basketball and baseball, as well as a 58.5 for whatever its wild-card team was.