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Badgers RB Ball wins Doak Walker

Wiscosnin senior Montee Ball was named the best running back in college football Thursday when he was presented with the Doak Walker Award during The Home Depot College Football Awards at Walt Disney World. He also was named to the Walter Camp All-America team for the second-consecutive season. Ball finished ahead of Kenjon Barner of Oregon and Johnathan Franklin of UCLA. Ball is becomes Wisconsin’s second Doak Walker Award winner, joining 1999 winner Ron Dayne. Compare each of Bell’s season here: Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs 2009 Wisc 9 98 391 4.0 4 9

Dienhart: It's Alvarez for now, but who's next?

A third consecutive trip to the Rose Bowl is something to celebrate for Wisconsin. But the euphoria is muted a bit by the unknown of who will be the next Badger head coach with Bret Bielema off to coach Arkansas after seven seasons and a 68-24 record. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez addressed the media today, commenting on a variety of subjects. First and foremost: Alvarez will coach the Badgers in the Rose Bowl after being asked to do so by the players. He will oversee things, letting the coaches assemble the game plan. Alvarez went 118-73-4 from 1990-2005 as

Alvarez to coach Badgers in Rose Bowl

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez announced Thursday morning that he will coach the Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl after the Badgers players asked him to lead them in Pasadena. “My first concern is about the players,” Alvarez said as he explained the decision. After Bret Bielema accepted the job as football coach at Arkansas, Alvarez said he was contacted by Wisconsin co-captain Mike Taylor and said the players told him they would like Alvarez to coach them in the Rose Bowl. “I told him I would be honored to coach them,” Alvarez said. “I wanted them (the players) to

BTN to air Alvarez announcement live Thursday

Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez will address the school’s head football coach position in a press conference at 11 a.m. ET Thursday in the Kohl Center media room. BTN will air the announcement live, and you can also watch it on BTN2Go. On Wednesday, former Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema was introduced at Arkansas. [Madison.com: Barry Alvarez to coach UW in Rose Bowl] Alvarez said he was surprised when Bielema told him he was taking the Arkansas job, but thanked him for his work over the past seven seasons as head coach, both on and off the field. Bielema will be

Big Ten mailbag: Bielema, Hazell, & expansion

Time to open up the mail bag. And, as you would suspect, the bag was stuffed with questions about Bret Bielema’s shocking move from Wisconsin to Arkansas that still has the nation buzzing. Read all about that—and more. And send me your latest questions and comments at the bottom of this post. I think Bret Bielema is the first Big Ten head coach to leave for another job since Nick Saban bolted Michigan State for LSU in 1999. Why are some writers making it out like there’s a mass exodus of coaches from the conference? – Jonathan I can’t speak

Catch the 'Journey' finale tonight

The last episode of “The Journey 2012” airs tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET with an inside look at last Saturday’s Big Ten Football Championship where Wisconsin won the school’s second straight football title game. Our show crew went wall-to-wall with their coverage, and then show the Badgers locker room celebration, too. Watch all of the shows on BTN2Go to get caught up for the entire season using the links below: Episode 1: Oct. 3, 2012 Episode 2: Oct. 10, 2012 Episode 3: Oct. 17, 2012 Episode 4: Oct. 24, 2012 Episode 5: Oct. 31, 2012 Episode 6: Nov. 7, 2012

Twitter: Bret Bielema leaves Wisconsin for Arkansas

Yahoo! Sports writer and “Big Ten Football & Beyond” correspondent Pat Forde set off quite the firestorm Tuesday when he reported Bret Bielema was headed to Arkansas. The move came out of nowhere and surprised everyone. After all, Bielema and the Badgers are headed to their third consecutive Rose Bowl. Check out some of the best tweets on Bielema’s move in this post. [RELATED: Dienhart: News of Bielema’s move shocking] EX-BADGERS Wow I'm am beyond shocked!!!!!! Congrats to coach B though he deserves it!! — Aaron Henry (@AaronHenry7) December 4, 2012 Sad to see @BretBielema go but wish him the

Dienhart: News of Bielema's move shocking

Three days after leading Wisconsin to its third consecutive Rose Bowl, Bret Bielema agreed to become Arkansas’ head coach. Yahoo! Sports and “Big Ten Football & Beyond” correspondent Pat Forde first reported the news. Bielema, who will be introduced Wednesday, led the Badgers to a 70-31 win over Nebraska in Saturday night’s Big Ten title game at Lucas Oil Stadium. With the win, the Badgers became the first Big Ten team to reach Pasadena three consecutive seasons since Michigan from 1976-78. Arkansas 2012 Date Opponent Result / Time 9/1 vs. Jacksonville State W 49 – 24 9/8 vs. Louisiana-Monroe L

Alvarez releases statement on Bielema's departure

University of Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez issued the following statement Tuesday on the departure of Bret Bielema, who has been named head football coach at the University of Arkansas: “I was very surprised when Bret told me he was taking the offer from Arkansas. He did a great job for us during his seven years as head coach, both on the field and off. I want to thank him for his work and wish him the best at Arkansas. [RELATED: Dienhart: News of Bielema’s move shocking] “I have a responsibility to our student-athletes, our football family and our

Twitter: Big Ten fans react to Heisman finalists

The finalists for the 2012 Heisman Trophy were announced Monday night, and there are a couple surprises: 1. The list includes only three players; and 2. neither Braxton Miller nor Montee Ball received an invite. No. 1 is the real shocker, however, considering there have been five finalists two of the past three years. The last time there were three: 2008. Here’s the list of worthy finalists: Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Kansas State’s Collin Klein and Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o. Did Miller or Ball deserve an invite? Sure. And if there were four or five candidates, one of them would