Packers kick off day 3 by selecting Wisconsin LB Vince Biegel

PHILADELPHIA — The Green Bay Packers were expected to select a Wisconsin linebacker, but instead of T.J. Watt, it was teammate Vince Biegel.

Biegel was taken with the 108th pick to kick off the fourth round of the NFL Draft. In his four years with the Badgers, Biegel racked up 88 solo tackles, including 28.5 for a loss. He was a second team All-Big Ten selection his senior year and a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy.

Green Bay beefs up its pass rush once again, drafting its fourth defensive player of the 2017 Draft. General manager Ted Thompson hinted that day three would be more focused on offensive selections. Green Bay will also have the 28th pick in round four.

T.J. Watt drafted 30th to Steelers, Ryan Ramczyk 32nd to Saints

PHILADELPHIA — Former Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk waited longer than he thought, but was drafted 32nd overall by the New Orleans Saints to wrap up round one of the 2017 NFL Draft. Fellow Badger T.J. Watt went two picks earlier to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

An all-state selection as a high schooler in Stevens Point, Wis., Ramczyk passed up a scholarship offer from Paul Chryst when he was coaching at Pitt so that he could attend a local technical college. He was offered a chance to play for Division III Wisconsin | Stevens Point where he was a two-time all-conference selection.

Ramczyk made the jump to the Division I level at Wisconsin, sitting out the 2015 season due to transfer rules, before making his impact felt in his 2016 campaign. He earned Associated Press All-American honors while starting every game for the Badgers.

Report: Zaire hasn’t ruled out transfer to Wisconsin

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — According to a report from Tuesday, Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire is set to announce the school to which he’ll transfer — a list that still includes Wisconsin.

Zaire will complete his undergraduate degree this spring, with graduation set for May 19-21. His preferred schools include Florida, Texas, and Wisconsin, recently adding Harvard to the mix as well. The report states that Zaire has set a deadline of two weeks to make his decision.

“He just doesn’t want to get messed over so he is going to be very, very careful, understanding that’s nothing is fully for sure but fairness,” the unnamed source said.

Whether Wisconsin would accept Zaire into the program remains to be seen, but the Badgers appear ready to roll with Alex Hornibrook, Karé Lyles, and Jack Coan for the time being. Any decision by Zaire to transfer to Wisconsin would be interesting, given reports from back in December that he was already leaning that way.

Baseball at Wisconsin: Progress Report

MADISON, Wis. — I’ve started research for my next in-depth report and I wanted to take this opportunity to let our listeners/readers know where I’m at in the process. I’ll try to do these somewhat regularly as a way to inform the public, but also allow feedback on parts I may be getting wrong or new directions to consider.

Topic: Baseball at the University of Wisconsin and if it’s possible to revive the program

Interviews completed:
Terry Gawlik | Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Administration, University of Wisconsin

Interviews Requested:
Jeff Block | head coach of club baseball, University of Wisconsin
Pat Richter | former Athletic Director, University of Wisconsin
John Vodenlich | head baseball coach, University of Wisconsin | Whitewater
Bud Selig | former MLB commissioner and Milwaukee Brewers owner, University of Wisconsin alum
Herb Kohl | former Milwaukee Bucks owner, U.S. Senator, University of Wisconsin alum
Steve Schmitt | Owner of Big Top Baseball and Madison Mallards

Interviews declined:
Barry Alvarez | Athletic Director, University of Wisconsin

Summary of information gathered so far: In speaking with Terry Gawlik, it appears very unlikely Wisconsin will ever revive its baseball program unless there is a substantial surplus of revenue. Operating costs have run at or very near revenue generated in each fiscal budget report for at least the last 10 years. Barry Alvarez also appears to have no willingness to bring baseball back to Wisconsin at this time.

Suggestions? Eric.rogers@madcitysportszone.com

Ex-Badger Jordan Hill transferring to Seattle

SEATTLE — Former University of Wisconsin guard Jordan Hill has finalized plans to transfer to Seattle University, a Jesuit Catholic College in the Western Athletic Conference.

Hill announced on Apr. 12 that he would be leaving the Badgers upon completing his degree this spring, enrolling elsewhere as a graduate transfer. While no specific reason was listed, it can be assumed playing time was a factor in his decision. While he averaged 15.6 minutes per game under the interim year of coach Greg Gard, his 2016-17 campaign saw that playing time decrease to 10.2 minutes per game.

Hill will be the eldest guard on the Redhawks roster, with redshirt seniors Manroop Clair and Brendan Westendorf playing out their final years of eligibility this past season.

Former Wisconsin RB Dare Ogunbowale Joins The Joe & Ebo Show

MADISON | It’s an exciting time for a handful of Wisconsin Football players as the NFL Draft nears.

Eyeing up a professional career and possibly being drafted in just a few weeks, former Badgers running back, Dare Ogunbowale, joined the Joe & Ebo Show to talk about his future in the NFL.

Take a listen below:

Best of luck, Dare!

Catch the Joe & Ebo Show weekdays from 8a-11a on 106.7FM/1670AM The Zone.

Jordan Hill leaving UW men’s basketball program

MADISON |  Badger guard Jordan Hill has decided to leave the Wisconsin men’s basketball program and will likely transfer to another school. Hill, a redshirt junior, has been granted his release to explore transfer options, head coach Greg Gard announced on Wednesday. Hill is scheduled to graduate from the University of Wisconsin in May.

According to a press released issued by the UW, Hill said “I am so grateful for the opportunity to spend four years studying and playing at Wisconsin. In May, I will be graduating with an incredible degree from a world class institution. Making the decision to leave the program was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in life, but I had to make the best decision for myself. Thank you to everyone who has shown me love, my teammates who became brothers, coaches who never let me get stagnant, and all of the people on campus who educated a young man from Pasadena. I can never say enough because coming here was life-changing. I will always hold a special place in my heart for you, Wisconsin. I will forever be a Badger. On Wisconsin!”

Hill played in 76 games at UW, with one start. He averaged 1.5 points, 1.1 rebounds and 9.9 minutes in 35 games last season.

The departure of four senior starters and Hill leaves UW with eight scholarship players on the current roster. Wisconsin signed three players in November – Kobe King, Nathan Reuvers and Brad Davison.

It is possible the Badgers will be adding another scholarship player before next season.

UW assistant Lamont Paris leaves for head coaching job at Chattanooga

MADISON, Wis. — Fresh off its second straight loss in the Sweet 16, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team will be losing a key piece to its program. Assistant coach Lamont Paris is leaving the Badgers to take over as the head coach at Chattanooga.

Reports indicate Paris’ deal with the Mocs is for six years. He replaces the departed Matt McCall. The Mocs finished fifth in the Southern Conference, finishing the 2016-17 campaign with a 19-12 record.

Paris spent the last seven seasons at Wisconsin, where he witnessed two Final Four appearances in 2014 and 2015. Prior to that, Paris had spent six years with the Akron program.

Badgers shootaround at MSG, prepare for Florida

NEW YORK CITY | The Badger men’s basketball team, making it’s 4th straight trip to the Sweet 16, took part in the NCAA Tournament’s East Regional shootaround on Thursday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Senior Nigel Hayes spent some time working on his “Jordan move,” the move that led to the game winning shot against Villanova last Sunday.

On January 28, 2017 Wisconsin escaped with a 61-54 overtime win over Rutgers at Madison Square Garden. In that game Bronson Koenig shot just 2-13 from the field, 2-10 from beyond the arc. Koenig says he’ll be better in this venue against Florida tomorrow.

Florida has some great guards. That’s something head coach Greg Gard says is a concern.

Wisconsin certainly has experience on its’ side. This is the 14th NCAA tournament games for this group of UW seniors. That’s something Nigel Hayes admits he never expected.

Wisconsin and Florida tip off at approximately 9 pm CST on Friday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

 

No. 1 Badgers finish season as NCAA runners-up

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — Despite outshooting Clarkson 41-20, the No. 1 Wisconsin women’s hockey team fell to the No. 2 Golden Knights, 3-0, in the NCAA championship game on Sunday at The Family Arena.

The Badgers (33-4-4) dominated possession, but Clarkson (32-4-5) tallied a power-play goal in the second period before scoring twice in the third.

“As I told the team, we are disappointed with the outcome,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “But the kids played hard, played well, they created opportunities. I’m very proud of their effort, especially our senior class who for four years have done so much to help our program grow and have obviously won a lot of hockey games and created a lot of great memories for our team. It’s a tough pill to swallow. When you lose this game, you’re so close to the end. But I told them too as time goes on and you reflect on the season, it’s a special group, a special season and they are going to have some great memories to reflect on, so I’m certainly proud of that.”

“I think hockey has a funny way of humbling you,” said junior Annie Pankowski, who was named to the all-tournament team. “When you think you’re doing well and you have all the things going the right way, it reminds you that not everything is perfect. I’m really proud of this group and we laid it out there. You can’t ask for much more.”

Clarkson opened up scoring in the second period with a power-play goal from Savannah Harmon 27 seconds into the frame.

CU’s Cayley Mercer doubled the CU lead with less than three minutes remaining before scoring an empty-net goal with 44 seconds to go.

Senior goaltender and 2017 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner Ann-Renée Desbiens made 17 saves in the contest to complete her historic season. Desbiens finished the season leading the NCAA in goals-against average (0.71), save percentage (.963), win percentage (.886) and shutouts (17).

Desbiens departs Wisconsin as the NCAA career record holder for shutouts with 55, a 0.90 goals-against average and save percentage with a .955 clip.

Sunday’s game marked the end of a remarkable season for the Badgers, as UW captured the WCHA regular season and tournament titles while advancing to the NCAA title game for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

“It was a great way to go out, but unfortunately when you don’t win your last game it’s a little bit of a disappointment,” senior captain Sydney McKibbon said. “This is going to sting definitely for a while, being so close, and I thought we played a great game, but it’s definitely going to take a while to process. The group played well today, we had a great group all year and so thanks to them.

(uwbadgers.com)