Badger Sports Roundup, July 7

David Harris promoted within athletic department; former Badger Granato demoted; UW football opener moved to ESPN

Harris named an associate athletic director

David Harris, the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics' director of academic services, has moved to the head of the class to accept a position as the associate athletic director for academic services.

"I believe that academic support for our student-athletes is critical to our mission," said UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez, who announced the hiring decision. "David Harris has done a terrific job since he came to our department two years ago. He has earned this promotion and I am excited to have him join our senior staff."

Harris, who had been the director of academic services at Wisconsin since 2002, also wore a similar hat at the University of Mississippi. He was named the director of academic support for the Mississippi athletic department in 1998, where he created and implemented an academic support program for Ole Miss' 350-plus student athletes, in addition to coordinating the CHAMPS Life Skills program.

Harris was a defensive tackle at Ole Miss, where he earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees.

Home opener now on ESPN

The Badgers' season opener against Central Florida can now be seen across the country, according to the Big Ten. The game, which was previously slated for ESPN Local, will now be televised nationally on ESPN. The game time remains 11 a.m. CDT.

—Katie Linder

Granato shifted to assistant

Tony Granato, a former University of Wisconsin hockey player, is no longer the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche. But instead of leaving town, he just needs to slide down the bench.

After coaching the Avalanche for the past season and a half, Granato will cede the team's head coaching position to Joel Quenneville, a former St. Louis Blues coach, Colorado announced Wednesday. Granato is being retained as an assistant along with current assistant Jacques Cloutier.

"I truly believe that this is the best way to move forward for both the team and me," Granato said in a statement. "I was asked a year and a half ago to become a head coach, and I am very proud of the team's record since then. This has been done in the past, and I want to stress that I'm very comfortable with and looking forward to working with both Joel and Jacques this upcoming season."

Granato compiled a 72-33-17-11 record as Colorado's head coach.

—Jonathan Linder

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