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Jim Leonhard promoted to defensive coordinator at Wisconsin

MADISON — Wisconsin has its new defensive coordinator. Late Thursday afternoon, the school announced that secondary coach Jim Leonhard had been promoted to the position after just one year as a coach. “I love teaching the game of football. The last year really has been great learning the college game again,” Leonhard told UWBadgers.com. “Now, […]

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A look at Danny Davis, Jack Coan and more headline makers on National Signing Day

MADISON — Wisconsin rarely makes big splashes on National Signing Day. And until 1:30 Wednesday afternoon, it was business as usual, with all 17 of the Badgers commitments in the class of 2017 already having sent in their national letters of intent. But just as coach Paul Chryst was stepping down from the podium after […]

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Wisconsin expects decision on defensive coordinator soon

MADISON | Wisconsin is close to naming a new defensive coordinator. That was the word from coach Paul Chryst early Wednesday afternoon. During the Badgers National Signing Day special on UWBadgers.com, Chryst was asked about a replacement for Justin Wilcox, who left to be the head coach at California last month. “When Justin left, it […]

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Ethan Happ earns B1G honor and named to National POY watch list

MADISON — Following Saturday’s 78-76 overtime win at Minnesota, Ethan Happ collapsed on the Williams Arena floor in exhaustion. The sophomore had just played 38 minutes to help the Badgers stay in a first-place tie in the Big Ten with Maryland, doing so by dropping a career-high 28 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out […]

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Bronson Koenig catches fire late, helps No. 17 Wisconsin past Michigan 68-64

MADISON — Senior Bronson Koenig scored 16 points, including 13 in the second half, as No. 17 Wisconsin took care of Michigan 68-64 on Tuesday night at the Kohl Center. Trailing 49-43 after back-to-back 3-pointers by the Wolverines, the Badgers went on a 15-0 run started by a put-back lay-up by senior Zak Showalter, sustained […]

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Report: Wisconsin DC Justin Wilcox in contract negotiations to become California’s next head coach

MADISON | Wisconsin is about to be in the market for a new defensive coordinator. Multiple outlets are reporting that Justin Wilcox is on the verge of being named the head coach at California, replacing the fired Sonny Dykes. The 40-year-old interviewed for the position on Tuesday, and according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Wilcox […]

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Report: Wisconsin DC Justin Wilcox the leading candidate for the California head-coaching job

MADISON — Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is the leading candidate to replace the fired Sonny Dykes at California. That’s according to Scout.com’s Ryan Gorcey, who covers the Bears. The 40-year-old Wilcox reportedly interviewed for the job on Tuesday in Berkley, according to Fox Sport’s Bruce Feldman. Wilcox has ties to the area, having coached […]

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Wisconsin adds a safety in the class of 2017

MADISON | Wisconsin has picked up its 16th commitment in the class of 2017. Safety Scott Nelson from University of Detroit Jesuit (Detroit, MI) High School gave his verbal commitment to the Badgers on Monday, according to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports. A 3-star recruit, Nelson is ranked as the 59th best safety in the country […]

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T.J. Watt will be in no hurry to decide whether to return for his senior year or declare for the NFL draft

The Cotton Bowl on Monday could mark the end of an era for Wisconsin football. Every year since 2008 there has been at least one player on the team with the last name of Watt. But in the wake of a breakout junior campaign, the youngest Watt, T.J., could opt to forgo his senior season […]

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Report: QB Malik Zaire to delay his transfer decision

MADISON — Alex Hornibrook may have competition for his starting job next fall, but we won’t know that until at least April. That’s after it was reported Wednesday that Malik Zaire has pushed off making a decision on where he will transfer for his final season. According to Pete Sampson of Irish Illustrated, the former […]

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