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Red Zone podcast: Farewell to Tom Oates, what an All-Big Ten schedule could be, and more

Red Zone podcast: Farewell to Tom Oates, what an All-Big Ten schedule could be, and more


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State Journal beat reporter Colten Bartholomew breaks down news surrounding the University of Wisconsin football team. 

First, Colten says goodbye to longtime State Journal columnist Tom Oates, who retired this week. Then he talks about what an all-Big Ten schedule could look like, the Big Ten Network’s All-Decade Team, and more.

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Former Badger Michael Deiter named to BTN's All-Decade Team

The Badgers went 42-12 with Deiter in the starting lineup, appearing in the Big Ten Championship Game twice and winning four bowl games. 

Former Badger Chris Borland named to BTN's All-Decade Team

Chris Borland’s senior year of 2013 was arguably his best, as he won the conference’s defensive player of the year and linebacker of the year awards en route to a first-team All-American selection by the Football Writers Association of America. 

Former Badger Jonathan Taylor named to BTN's All-Decade Team

Jonathan Taylor and Penn State alum and current New York Giants tailback Saquon Barkley were the two running backs named to BTN’s All-Decade Team.

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It’s time to retire after three decades of enjoying an up-close view of the golden era of Wisconsin sports.

Former men's basketball coach Bo Ryan, 10 others named to Badgers' athletics hall of fame

Bo Ryan, who won 364 games and seven Big Ten Conference championships in 14-plus seasons with the Badgers, will be inducted in September.

Tom Oates: Future worrisome for college football, men's basketball

Competitive balance, transfer rules and money lead the challenges for the two biggest college sports.

NCAA's in-person recruiting ban extended through August

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State Journal beat reporter Colten Bartholomew breaks down the latest news about the Badgers football program.

Class of 2021 for Badgers football setting up to be best yet

UW coach Paul Chryst said he believes his staff’s continuity and coaches building a history with the university help them understand what kind of player fits with the program.

4-star CB Ricardo Hallman commits to Wisconsin Badgers

Ricardo Hallman, ranked a four-star prospect by Rivals and a three-star by 247Sports and ESPN, had offers from at least 16 Football Bowl Subdivision programs, including Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Miami, Florida and Florida State.

2 Wisconsin Badgers athletes test positive for COVID-19

In a statement released Monday afternoon, UW said two of the 117 student-athletes tested positive during the first phase of the athletic department’s approach of bringing athletes back on campus.

Heat continuing for at least the next week for southern Wisconsin

Other than along the Lake Michigan shoreline, highs will be in the upper 80s to low 90s and afternoon heat index values between 90 and 95 degrees into the middle of next week, according to forecasters.

Former Badger J.J.Watt named to BTN's All-Decade team

J.J. Watt’s football career at the University of Wisconsin was much like one of his pass rushes — quick and explosive.

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