Salary bumps likely for Wisconsin coaches; AD Barry Alvarez supports coach Greg Gard
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Salary bumps likely coming for football coaches
When you go 13-1 and win the Orange Bowl, rewards are usually going to follow. And that’s exactly what could happen this week when the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents meets. The board is expected to discuss new compensation packages for coach Paul Chryst, offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph and defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard.
Barry Alvarez backs Greg Gard
Though it’s been a tough season for the Wisconsin basketball program, athletic director Barry Alvarez told Jim Polzin of the Wisconsin State Journal that he “feels great” about coach Greg Gard and the direction he’s got the team headed.
What to expect on Signing Day
While some schools are expecting a lot of action on National Signing Day, it’s pretty much just another Wednesday in February for the Badgers. Still, as Jesse Temple writes in his latest recruiting notebook, there is one name to keep an eye on.
We’ve also got a final projection of what Temple thinks the 2018 class will look like.
Wisconsin adds walk-on
The Badgers have added a preferred walk-on in their 2018 recruiting class. 3-star athlete John Torchio turned down multiple Division I scholarship offers and committed to Wisconsin on Tuesday.
Hayden Rucci a good fit
One of the top tight ends in the country, 4-star commit Hayden Rucci is a perfect fit for Wisconsin on and off the field.
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6 invited to NFL combine
Wisconsin will be well represented at the NFL combine that runs Feb. 27 through March 5 in Indianapolis. Six former Badgers earned invites, led by linebackers Jack Cichy, Garret Dooley and Leon Jacobs. They’ll be joined there by cornerback Nick Nelson, safety Natrell Jamerson and tight end Troy Fumagalli. The six invites are the third-most among Big Ten teams.
No micromanaging from Tony Granato
When his Wisconsin hockey team faces Minnesota this weekend, coach Tony Granato will be in South Korea in preparation for his duties as Team USA’s Olympics coach. He told Todd Milewski of Madison.com that he’ll try to keep tabs on the Badgers, but won’t micromanage from nearly 6,500 miles away.
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