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Lions WR Quintez Cephus sues Wisconsin over 2018 expulsion

AP

Cephus was suspended from the Badgers football team in August 2018 and was expelled from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for violating its nonacademic misconduct code as part of a Title IX investigation following his arrest on second- and third-degree sexual assault charges.

Badgers tab Shaun Snee to lead football strength and conditioning

Wisconsin State Journal

Shaun Snee was promoted to director of football strength and conditioning after spending the past six seasons as an assistant strength coach under Ross Kolodziej. Kolodziej was named the program’s defensive line coach last month, opening the top strength and conditioning post.

McDonagh completing degree during breaks in Lightning schedule

NHL

Ryan McDonagh isn’t just lacing up his skates this season. He’s also hitting the books.

The Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman is working on getting his bachelor’s degree in personal finance at the University of Wisconsin via online learning. He left Wisconsin in 2010 after his junior season, just 18 credits short of the finish line, and signed a contract with the New York Rangers.

NFL On CBS Talent Share Their Favorite Big Game Memories Ahead Of Super Bowl LV

CBS Denver

Growing up my dad and his side of the family are all Steelers fans. When I was in second grade the Packers played the Steelers and that’s when I became a Green Bay fan. So Super Bowl XLV felt very full circle for me. I was in college at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. You couldn’t turn on a popular radio station without hearing Lil Wayne’s original “Green and Yellow” hype song.

UW Athletics projects $47 million net impact from COVID

WKOW-TV 27

Adam Barnes, the associate athletic director and CFO for Business Operations, told the Athletic Board’s Finance, Facilities and Operations Committee in a meeting Wednesday afternoon that revenue is projected to be down $73 million from pre-pandemic budgets for the fiscal year. The department has offset some of that loss by cutting $26 million from the original expense budget. That leaves the negative net impact of $47 million.

COVID-19 has resulted in $73 million in lost revenue for UW’s 2020-21 operating budget, though expense offsets have reduced that figure

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

University of Wisconsin officials Wednesday provided a snapshot of how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the athletic department’s 2020-21 operating budget. In summary: Revenue losses for the 2021 fiscal year budget, before the pandemic shut down college sports last March, is $73 million.

Rebuilding Kings think making playoffs is a realistic goal

The Washington Post

Centers Alex Turcotte and Quinton Byfield were the Kings’ first-round picks the past two years but both might see short stints this season so as to not burn any time on their entry-level contracts. Neither player is in camp because they are participating in the World Junior Championship. Turcotte, who was the fifth overall pick in 2019, might have the edge in staying up for the full season after having nine goals and 17 assists at the University of Wisconsin last season.

New Year, New Drama in New York Schools

The New York Times

Greg Gard, the men’s basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin, postponed the planned Sunday game against Penn State University. “I couldn’t honestly look at my parents and their players and say: ‘I’m confident in the environment we’re walking into,’” Gard told The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Suicides among teen athletes raise mental health concerns

The Washington Post

The lead researcher of the study at Wisconsin, Tim McGuine, said in an interview in August that “the greatest risk [to student-athletes] is not covid-19. It’s suicide and drug use.” The study caught the eye of the organization overseeing high school sports, the National Federation of State High School Associations, which was already dealing with an uptick in reports from state athletic directors about mental health concerns for teen athletes whose seasons were in flux.

2020: The Year in Sports When Everybody Lost

The New York Times

It had an even more profound impact on the University of Wisconsin’s athletic department, whose coffers dwindled as its conference postponed the football season totally in August, only to decide weeks later to play the season in the fall after all.

College Sports Has Reported at Least 6,629 Virus Cases

The New York Times

“We felt there was nothing to hide,” said Barry Alvarez, the athletic director at Wisconsin, which recorded at least 112 cases in athletics, missed back-to-back football games during an outbreak and had a third game canceled because of cases within Minnesota’s program. “We felt that it was in our best interest and everyone else’s best interest to put out accurate information, particularly if we had to cancel a game, so you wouldn’t have rumors or misinformation.”

With Louisville game postponed, Rhode Island landed as replacement for Badgers men’s basketball

Wisconsin State Journal

Badgers coach Greg Gard knew all along that it would be a matter of when, not if, the schedule would have to be adjusted on the fly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That moment arrived four games into the season and No. 13 UW will host Rhode Island on Wednesday at the Kohl Center — tipoff is at 3:30 p.m. to accommodate the Big Ten Network — instead of playing Louisville as previously scheduled.

UW Badgers give back at SYH Celebration Drive-Thru Food Drive

NBC-15

“Badgers give back is the philanthropic arm of  Wisconsin athletics” said Jackie Davenport, the Director of Community Relations for UW Athletics. She added “They say we are the heart of Wisconsin athletics. We coordinate all engagement with the community and non-profits in our area.”