I thought it was going to be a very quiet holiday weekend for Badger news. So much for that.
The biggest news this weekend didn't directly involved the Badgers. If you haven't heard by now, Jim Tressel resigned as coach at Ohio State. While the move itself isn't a huge surprise the timing is. Hopefully the mess in Columbus benefits the Badgers on the football field this fall, and possibly for the next few years is there are scholarship restrictions.
If you want to read more than you care to about the move, including potential replacements, check out Adam Rittenberg's Big Ten Blog.
Sam at Big Ten Rant shares his thoughts on what Tressel's resignation means for the Badgers and wonders if the OSU program will end up in a similar situation as Michigan.
Jeff Potrykus looks at how Tressel did against the Badgers. UW handed Tressel four of his 14 Big Ten losses at Ohio State.
Before the Tressel news broke the big story to watch was the Russell Wilson sweepstakes. Dave Heller rounds up what people on the Internets are writing about where Wilson will end up -- Auburn? Wisconsin? Asheville? I think the biggest issue will be Wilson having to pay back a large chunk of his $250K signing bonus to the Rockies if he leaves baseball early. That's a lot of coin for a 5'11" QB.
Over at Buckyville, a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy posts in this thread that Wilson to Wisconsin is all but a done deal. That's an Internet message board rumor I'd love to be true.
If you start hearing rumors about UW selling beer at Camp Randall, don't get too excited. Barry says he wouldn't even try to do it. That's probably a good idea.
Tom Lea at BadgerBlitz writes about the ultimate waiting game Scott Tolzien is playing right now. After going undrafted in last month's NFL draft, Tolzien is trying to stay sharp playing working out with former teammates, including Isaac Anderson, David Gilreath, Lance Kendricks and Maurice Moore.
Mike Lucas has a "where are they now?" piece on Tim Krumrie. After coaching in the NFL for 15 years Krurmrie is sat out last season and is looking to get back into the action. He doesn't have any interest in coaching college, in case you had hopes of him returning to Madison someday.
Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune wrote a column about his golf outing with Bo, Bielema, and media relations director Patrick Herb. I reommend giving it a read, if for nothing else than to pick up some new lingo to use in your next round of golf, like the mother-in-law shot.
Jon Leuer is busy preparing for next month's NBA draft. Jeff Potrykus had a chance to catch up with Leuer while UWBadgers.com recaps Leuer's performance at the pre-draft combine (he did well) and rounds up some links and video interviews with the former Badger.
The unofficial start of summer is here but Chuck at B5Q is already thinking ahead to next winter. He posted his late May edition line projections for next year's team.