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Interim UW-Madison chancellor “pleased to support” Big Ten’s addition of USC & UCLA


John Karl Scholz issued a statement following the Big Ten’s announcement Thursday night.

“The University of Wisconsin–Madison is pleased to support the planned expansion of the Big Ten Conference with the inclusion of the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). “This expansion helps solidify the Big Ten Conference as the one, true national powerhouse conference, with member universities, teams and fans stretching from coast to coast.

Wisconsin administrators react to UCLA, USC joining ‘the one, true powerhouse conference’ in Big Ten

Wisconsin State Journal

University of Wisconsin athletic director Chris McIntosh said he’s happy for the Badgers’ West Coast alumni after the Big Ten Conference voted Thursday to add UCLA and Southern Cal. “They will now be more connected than ever to the conference and to their alma mater,” McIntosh said in a statement released by UW in the hours after the move became official. “I can’t wait for our teams and fans to come together on a regular basis in Southern California.”

On the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the volleyball community says there’s more work to be done


University of Wisconsin Volleyball Coach Kelly Sheffield has been vocal on social media, advocating for better broadcast coverage of college volleyball during the postseason. “We didn’t have a single match on TV from the end of our regular season through the first two rounds of the tournament,” Sheffield said. “Thirty-some matches we were completely in the dark.”

To compete in the 1970s, Wisconsin women’s athletes dealt with cramped cars and uniform sharing

Wisconsin State Journal

Editor’s note: June 23 is the 50th anniversary of historic Title IX legislation being passed. This is the second in a series of stories about its impact on the University of Wisconsin.

Title IX gave University of Wisconsin women’s athletes and administrators a legal backing for their pursuit of better opportunities as the teams started under the athletic department umbrella in 1974.

Slow progress under Title IX dominated early years of women’s sports at Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Journal

Editor’s note: June 23 is the 50th anniversary of historic Title IX legislation being passed. This is the first in a series of stories about its impact on the University of Wisconsin.

The $3,500 operating budget for the first-year University of Wisconsin women’s track and field team had enough left over for two athletes to travel to the national championship in the spring of 1975.

Where might Johnny Davis, Patrick Baldwin Jr. and other top local prospects land in the NBA draft?

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin has been well represented in the NBA in the past several drafts, and the 2022 iteration of the annual selection process will infuse yet more young talent from the state into the world’s top basketball league.

University of Wisconsin star and La Crosse native Johnny Davis, Milwaukee native and University of Kansas star Ochai Agbaji will no doubt make it four consecutive drafts where a Wisconsinite was picked in the first round.

UW father-son duo makes one-of-a-kind NCAA history


Success runs in the Hacker family. Wisconsin seventh-year senior Olin Hacker won the 5,000 meter race at the 2022 NCAA National Championship meet. 37 years prior, his father, Tim, won an NCAA championship with Wisconsin in cross country.

Wisconsin track star Olin Hacker claims Big Ten award

Wisconsin State Journal

The Big Ten Conference unveiled its 2022 outdoor track and field awards Thursday. Hacker, whose 13-minute, 27.73-second time earned him the 5,000-meter title during the NCAA outdoor championships last week, received the conference’s male track athlete of the year award.

It’ll cost more for season tickets for Wisconsin volleyball, women’s hockey in 2022

Wisconsin State Journal

The highest price of a volleyball season ticket will climb from around $7 per match to $20 and will require a mandatory per-seat contribution for new chairback seats being installed this summer at the UW Field House. Women’s hockey season ticket prices will increase by $1 per game to $5 while a cheaper option for youth and seniors at LaBahn Arena has been eliminated.

Fantasy football injury outlook: RB James White, New England Patriots

The Huddle

White seemed like he could be in line for a renaissance last year with then-rookie Mac Jones under center and leading a very conservative offensive approach. Those hopes came crashing down when the University of Wisconsin product suffered a hip subluxation in Week 3 that ultimately led to surgery and kept the veteran from returning to action in 2021. He finished the year with just 132 yards and a score.

Women’s U-18 World Championship Preview: Who You Need to Know

The Hockey News

The United States will play in front of a home crowd, and despite the gap in time, they return two players from the 2020 gold medal-winning team – Kirsten Simms and Danielle Burgen. Both forwards appeared in all five games for the USA in 2020 with the goal of gaining experience for later years. Simms is headed to the University of Wisconsin next season while Burgen will join the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Wisconsin donors launch ‘The Varsity Collective’ to pool NIL funds for athletes

Wisconsin State Journal

The Varsity Collective, LLC launched Saturday with a website touting itself as the “premier destination for Wisconsin student-athletes to identify business opportunities” and “establishing the right outlet for Wisconsin Badger student-athletes to participate in NIL deals.” The collective will allow individuals and businesses to pool money to facilitate NIL deals for UW athletes.

School leaders make major decisions for the Big Ten. Here’s who helps newcomers get prepared

Wisconsin State Journal

The consequential issues that will land on incoming UW-Madison chancellor Jennifer Mnookin’s desk when she takes over in August involve more than academics … Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren and members of his senior leadership team help facilitate the introduction of new university leaders to the group, the conference said in a statement in response to questions.

All Madison helmets claimed in UW’s ‘100 Days To Kickoff Scavenger Hunt’

Channel 3000

Each helmet will have a prize associated with it, including tickets to a UW home game, Coach Chryst autographed footballs, Badger gear and gift cards from Bucky’s Locker Room, EatStreet, Toppers Pizza and Culver’s. Three grand prize winners will receive $100 Pick ’N Save gift cards and two tickets to the home game of their choice. Helmets were also hidden in Appleton, Eau Claire, Racine and Kenosha.

Methodology behind USA TODAY’s analysis of college athletic rosters

USA Today

The University of Wisconsin competes in the Big Ten, which accommodates up to 76 rowers. But because it also sponsors a varsity lightweight team, in addition to its openweight team, USA TODAY calculated it can accommodate up to 100. The lightweight team competes in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships, which allows up to 16 women in lightweight boats. Using the 50% benchmark, eight more could serve as lightweight reserves.

Wisconsin softball’s run in the NCAA Tournament comes to end at the hands of Florida

Wisconsin State Journal

The University of Wisconsin softball team experienced a spectrum of emotions over about an hour span Sunday in Gainesville, Florida. The Badgers rallied to walk off winners against Georgia Tech before allowing 10 runs in the first inning against Florida in the NCAA Tournament regional title game less than an hour later. The Gators ended UW’s season with an 11-0 victory.

NFL lineman Kevin Zeitler’s donation to his alma mater, Wisconsin Lutheran, helps pave the way for a new athletic complex

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Long before Kevin Zeitler played at the University of Wisconsin and went to a long career in the National Football League, he learned the game during practices on rough grass fields that sat under electric lines just south of Wisconsin Lutheran High School.

Those fields are part of the massive upgrades the school broke ground for Friday morning. The project is scheduled to be complete at the end of August, Lutheran athletic director Jeff Sitz said.

Jeff Mack Sr., whose memorable catch led to Wisconsin’s upset of No. 4 Nebraska in 1974, has died at age 68

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The University of Wisconsin athletic department has lost a family member who contributed to one of the more memorable victories in in the history of the football program.

Jeff Mack Sr. died May 8. He was 68.

Mack played flanker under John Jardine and lettered in 1972, 1973 and 1974. His son, Jeff Mack Jr., played linebacker at UW from 2000 through 2003.

Wisconsin softball earns trip to NCAA Tournament

Wisconsin State Journal

The Badgers earned an at-large bid into the tournament Sunday after reaching the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten tournament last week. They will head to Gainesville, Florida, where they will open at 1 p.m. Friday against Georgia Tech in the double-elimination regional. No. 14 seed Florida and Canisius will play in the regional’s other opener at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Mental Health Is a Concern for Student Athletes After Recent Suicide Deaths

Teen Vogue

Mental health among student athletes has been thrust into the spotlight after at least five high-profile athletes died by suicide in recent months: Katie Meyer, a star goalie on Stanford’s soccer team; Sarah Shulze, a decorated runner for the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Lauren Bernett, the softball player who helped lead James Madison University to the Women’s College World Series; Robert Martin a lacrosse player at Binghamton University; and Arlana Miller, a cheerleader at Southern University. Others have also been reported, but not confirmed.