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There is a lot going on in the world of Big Ten sports. And, my email inbox reflects that.
The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents has approved a new compensation package for Gary Andersen, the team announced Monday in a press release. The new package calls for a salary increase to $2.2 million for 2014 with a $100,000 increase each year during the life of the five-year deal. The increase, according to Wisconsin, will not be funded with tax or tuition dollars.
Wisconsin fans will appreciate a shirt for sale at a store across from the University Book Store. It’s a simple red shirt with “#KARMA” across the chest, an obvious dig at former coach Bret Bielema’s wife, Jen Bielema. Jen famously tweeted “#karma” after the Badgers lost early last season at Arizona State, the controversial game in which the officials let time expire on Wisconsin’s final drive in enemy territory.
On Tuesday’s #BTNLive show Mike Hall, Gerry DiNardo and Stanley Jackson had a length discussion examining the positives and negatives of an early signing period in college football.
Gary Andersen’s debut in Madison was a rousing success—save for the stumble at the end that saw the Badgers lose their regular-season finale at home to Penn State and then fall to South Carolina in the bowl game. Still, there is a lot for Wisconsin to build on after last year’s 9-4 mark that saw the program’s run of three consecutive Rose Bowls come to end.