This may be the last day of 2012, but it’s the first for Big Ten league hoop action. What a great place to begin my daily links!
Wisconsin will play in its third consecutive Rose Bowl on Tuesday. The Badgers (8-5), who beat Nebraska in the Big Ten title game to advance to Pasadena, take on Pac-12 champ Stanford (11-2). View a photo gallery from all the festivities leading up to the Rose Bowl in this post.
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Andy Ludwig will be offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Wisconsin, according to a source close to the situation, and the school is expected to make an announcement Saturday.
If you like tough, physical, smash-mouth football, you’ll love this game. Wisconsin and Stanford are mirrors of each other in many ways. The Badgers are in the Rose Bowl for a third season in a row. The last Big Ten team to pull off that feat was Michigan after the 1976-78 seasons.
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Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez joined his Badgers football team at Disneyland on Wednesday as part of the traditional kick off to the week’s festivities leading to the historic game in Pasadena on Tuesday. They were welcomed by Mickey Mouse, who high-fived the head coaches. “I thought these days are over,” said Alvarez, who has returned to coach this one game for Wisconsin after Bret Bielema left for Arkansas. “It’s like a Christmas present for me.”
Gary Andersen sounded like a confident and prepared coach. Soon, he’ll get the chance to prove it, as he was introduced today as the new Wisconsin coach.
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