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Wisconsin’s Chris McIntosh hires two deputy athletic directors, one of them a UW grad

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

University of Wisconsin athletic director Chris McIntosh is redesigning his administrative team.

UW officials announced Friday that Marcus Sedberry, the senior associate athletic director for student-athlete success at Baylor, and Mitchell Pinta, the National Football League’s director of business development and partnership management, are joining the UW athletic department as deputy athletic directors.

Jim Harbaugh, Back in the NFL? Please No.

Wall Street Journal

Michigan? It’s just getting good, Khakipants. After some challenging, underachieving times, Wolverines had themselves a thriller of a season. There were big wins over Iowa, Penn State and fine—an early rout of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Michigan captured its first Big Ten title since 2004 and was one of four teams to make the Nick Saban College Football Invitational. Blah blah blah, and so on.

UW’s 2022 football schedule upended by COVID-19 shortened 2020 season

NBC-15

The coming season for the University of Wisconsin promises to be special one for the Badgers. For starters, the players will take the field for the first time on the newly dubbed Barry Alvarez Field. However, because of schedule changes announced by the Big Ten on Tuesday, the conference opponents who will be coming to Camp Randall to play on that field has been completely switched – except for the most important one.

Wisconsin pulls new men’s soccer coach from Loyola Chicago

Wisconsin State Journal

Former Loyola Chicago coach Neil Jones has been hired as the seventh men’s soccer coach at the University of Wisconsin. Jones, a former New Zealand international as a player, was 81-54-24 and won the Missouri Valley Conference twice in nine seasons with Loyola.

Pittsburgh’s T.J. Watt, Pewaukee native and former Wisconsin Badgers star, ties single-season NFL sack record vs. Ravens

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Pewaukee native T.J. Watt has entered rare NFL company. His name is now at the top of the NFL single-season sack list.

The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker and former University of Wisconsin star tied Michael Strahan’s mark of 22½ sacks in a season when he wrapped up Baltimore quarterback Tyler Huntley for a loss on  a 1st-and goal from the 3-yard line with 23 seconds left in the second quarter Sunday in Baltimore.

Badger fans take in sights ahead of Las Vegas Bowl

WISC-TV 3

If there’s one thing Wisconsin sports fans do well, it’s travel. As the Badgers get ready to take on Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl, Badger Red popped up across the Las Vegas Strip as fans took in the sights and sounds ahead of the game.

UW women’s basketball cancels 2nd game because of COVID-19

NBC-15

The University of Wisconsin’s women’s basketball team has canceled its second consecutive game because of positive COVID-19 tests within the program. On Monday, the university announced the Dec. 30 matchup against Big Ten rival Purdue at the Kohl Center will not be played and UW gave no indication that it would be re-scheduled.

Wisconsin’s athletic director tests positive for COVID-19 and will not be able to travel for the Badgers’ bowl game

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

University of Wisconsin athletic director Chris McIntosh has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not travel to Las Vegas for UW’s bowl game.

McIntosh must quarantine for 10 days.

“I would encourage everyone to follow the advice of medical professionals and get vaccinated, boosted, tested and wear a mask,” McIntosh said. “Those mitigation measures may not keep us from contracting COVID, but there’s a good chance they will keep us from having a severe outcome.”

Several UW football players and staffers affected by latest COVID-19 wave on UW campus

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The latest COVID-19 wave that is sweeping across the University of Wisconsin campus has affected the UW football team.

Multiple sources close to the program told the Journal Sentinel Saturday both players and staffers tested positive in recent days and that the Badgers would be short-handed when they face Arizona State Thursday in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Bryson Williams parlayed his UW football scholarship into an opportunity to succeed away from the field, after the cheering stopped

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Bryson Williams’ life changed in 2019.

The young nose tackle was preparing for his sophomore season that summer when he learned his application to the University of Wisconsin School of Business had been denied.

“That was the eye-opener for me,” Williams acknowledged. “I said: ‘Let’s get working. Let’s get going.’”

Fix up Field House for volleyball team — Ken Johnson

Wisconsin State Journal

The best tribute to this program will be to remake the upper tier of the Field House in Madison safer with more capacity and comfortable seating. Anyone who has climbed around pillars and ducked under eaves in the upper deck can tell you that it’s not for the faint of heart or physically challenged, especially many older fans.

High school football player Jaden Rashada signs endorsement deal with recruiting app

ABC News

Rashada said he did some of his own research to make sure he was allowed to explore endorsement deals. He also worked with an adviser, Ethan Weinstein, to help secure his first deal. Weinstein is a college junior who represents a handful of college athletes in NIL deals. He has previously worked in the University of Wisconsin recruiting office and interned with agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Wisconsin’s 48 Most Influential Black Leaders, Part 1

Madison 365

Noted: Marisa Moseley is in her first season as the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin. She came to Madison from Boston University, where she was head coach for two seasons. She led the Terriers to their first winning season in five years and was named Patriot League Coach of the Year. Moseley was an assistant coach for nine years under Coach Gino Auriemma at the University of Connecticut, a national women’s basketball powerhouse, following assistant coaching stints at Denver and Minnesota. She played for Boston University from 2000-2004.

All for one: Wisconsin sports world congratulates Badgers volleyball on Final Four victory

Wisconsin State Journal

From other University of Wisconsin squads to professional teams and sports personalities — and even the official “Grit Factory Hat” account — the Wisconsin sports world joined in on the celebration after the fourth-seeded Badgers volleyball team defeated the top-seeded Louisville Cardinals in an epic five-set NCAA Final Four showdown Thursday night in Columbus, Ohio.

Dana Rettke becomes first five-time first-team All American in NCAA volleyball, Hilley earns prestigious honors as well

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It’s not every year a college athlete earns a fifth first-team All-American nod in a team sport. But these aren’t ordinary times, and Dana Rettke is no ordinary athlete.

The University of Wisconsin middle blocker received her fifth first-team nod from the American Volleyball Coaches Association, becoming the first athlete in NCAA volleyball history to be honored as such. Rettke reeled in her fourth plaudit as a senior earlier this year, then came back for a fifth season available to athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

The Wisconsin volleyball team sweeps Minnesota to advance to its third straight Final Four

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The University of Minnesota football team may have laid claim to Paul Bunyan’s Axe two weeks ago, but the University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team came to the rematch wielding a broom.

For the third straight year, the Badgers are headed to the NCAA Final Four in volleyball after sweeping past the Golden Gophers, 25-18, 26-24, 25-22, Saturday night before an electric crowd at the UW Field House. Wisconsin will meet No. 1-ranked and undefeated Louisville in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday.