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A podcast about the UW-Madison Badgers football team, from the staff of the Wisconsin State Journal.

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A podcast about the UW-Madison Badgers football team, from the staff of the Wisconsin State Journal.

    Recounting the Erik Helland saga and Michigan State's coaching search

    Recounting the Erik Helland saga and Michigan State's coaching search

    State Journal beat reporters Colten Bartholomew and Jim Polzin break down the latest news on the University of Wisconsin basketball and football beats. 

    They start with the Erik Helland saga and Jim's excellent report on the events that led to the UW strength coach resigning. They talk about Alando Tucker's role in trying to manage the situation, and how instant-reaction culture messes up a story like this. 

    They move on to football, talking about Michigan State's hiring of former UW defensive back Mel Tucker. Just how close was Bret Bielema to being back in the Big Ten? They wrap up with talk of the NFL Combine for the four Badgers invitees. 

    • 45 min
    Football's signing day and basketball's peaks and valleys

    Football's signing day and basketball's peaks and valleys

    State Journal reporter Colten Bartholomew and columnist Tom Oates break down the major stories from University of Wisconsin football’s National Signing Day and an up-and-down week for the men’s basketball program.

    They start by discussing how the early signing period has damped the excitement for the February signing day, what it means that UW has its highest-ranked class, and how the program is building momentum in recruiting. Colten also pitches three players to watch out for during spring practices and fall training camp.

    The conversation then turns to hoops, where Tom talks about the differences between Saturday’s big win over Michigan State and Wednesday’s loss to Minnesota. They also discuss the allegation that a UW staffer used a racial epithet in the presence of at least one player.

    • 43 min
    Kobe King transferring, Brad Davison suspended and football transfers

    Kobe King transferring, Brad Davison suspended and football transfers

    State Journal beat reporters Colten Bartholomew and Jim Polzin are back to discuss a wild week in UW basketball. 

    First, the guys discuss the bombshell of Kobe King transferring. Jim got the first interview with King and talks about that conversation, the issues the led to King's departure and what this means for the program going forward. 

    Then they dive into Brad Davison's suspension. How it happened, if Davison truly has a "pattern of behavior" issue, and how the team will handle his absence against Michigan State. 

    They wrap up with a quick talk about the five football players who have transferred out of the program. 

    • 54 min
    Football offseason and basketball's in full swing

    Football offseason and basketball's in full swing

    State Journal beat reporters Colten Bartholomew and Jim Polzin are back to discuss the big news in Badgers sports. 

    They start with the football offseason. Topics include the prospects for a few UW players headed to the NFL draft; Chris Borland's comments in the Aaron Hernandez Netflix documentary; and Aron Cruickshank's decision to transfer.

    Then they transition to Badgers basketball and discuss the team's shooting ups-and-downs, a jam-packed Big Ten that resembles all of college basketball this season, Micah Potter's impact on the team, and what D'Mitrik Trice needs to do down the stretch this season.

    • 56 min
    Nov. 30: Setting up the Badgers' winner-take-all showdown against Minnesota

    Nov. 30: Setting up the Badgers' winner-take-all showdown against Minnesota

    Nov. 30: Setting up the Badgers' winner-take-all showdown against Minnesota

    • 41 min
    Nov. 23: Purdue preview and how the Badgers can continue hot streak at home

    Nov. 23: Purdue preview and how the Badgers can continue hot streak at home

    Nov. 23: Purdue preview and how the Badgers can continue hot streak at home

    • 50 min

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