The Sconnie Scoop: 5/22/12

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Badger football will once again tangle with Nebraska under the lights and on national television. It was announced Tuesday that the game at Memorial Stadium on September 29 will be at 7 p.m. and televised on ABC.

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema is one of the top-three Big Ten coaching villains according to a poll conducted by ESPN. He joins Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio atop the list.

In brighter football news, running back Montee Ball was named the top returning Big Ten Player by ESPN’s Brian Bennett. Linebacker Chris Borland comes in at No. 8.

Moving to the hardwood, it was reported Tuesday the Jordan Taylor was not one of the 60 players invited to the NBA Draft Combine July7-8 in Chicago. This is a serious blow to Taylor’s draft chances. 

As many Wisconsin residents can attest, summer is construction season. The UW campus is no exception. Work is well underway on two major projects that affect the athletic department. Camp Randall Stadium is getting a new playing surface for the 2012 season while the floor is being installed in the new La Bahn Arena.

According to Chuck Schwartz of Bucky’s 5th Quarter. Wisconsin an Penn State will face off in a non-conference hockey series next season. However, due to the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament, the series will be played on Sunday and Monday (February 24-25) instead of the usual Friday/Saturday format. The full men’s hockey schedule is expected to be released tomorrow.

Two Badgers will have a chance to make their mark on the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Former Wisconsin rowers Grant and Ross James will represent the United States in the men’s eight after winning the event at the 2012 Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland on Tuesday. 2012 will mark the 12th-consecutive time that Badger rowers have qualified for the Olympics.

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