Badger Sports Roundup

Calhoun wins national honor, Hurricane relief effort, Westside stadium concourse plan, volleyball moves up to ninth

Brian Calhoun continues to rake in acclaim following his sparkling debut for the University of Wisconsin football team.

Tuesday, the junior tailback was named Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week.

Calhoun rushed 43 times for 258 yards and matched a school-record with five rushing touchdowns in leading the Badgers to a 56-42 win over Bowling Green Saturday. He also caught a 39-yard pass to amass 297 yards of total offense.

Calhoun has also been named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, UW team co-offensive player of the week, and he is a nominee for both the Cingular Wireless/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Week and USA Today College Player of the Week.

Westside stadium congestion plan

Not all was well with the grand re-opening of Camp Randall Stadium Saturday. The renovated third level Westside concourse, the main walkway for fans reaching their seats on the west side of the stadium, suffered from heavy congestion before Saturday's game and during halftime.

In response, the UW athletic department announced Tuesday that it plans to make adjustments to affect the flow of traffic on that concourse. Among the changes, fans with tickets in Sections F, G and H are being asked to use Gate 8 (instead of Gate 7, which was printed on their tickets) to enter the stadium.

"We are sincerely apologetic for the traffic flow problems that fans encountered Saturday on the lower west concourse," said Barry Alvarez, head football coach and director of athletics, in a prepared statement. "The safety of our customers and providing good customer service is our No. 1 priority and we have some issues to shore up to meet that goal."

Athletic department staff members consulted Tuesday with UW-Madison Police and Cullen-Smith Construction personnel to review the traffic flow congestion issues and develop comprehensive short- and long-range solutions.

The review group felt that changes could be made structurally to the concourse areas and operationally in how the area is managed, but other specific potential adjustments were not announced Tuesday.

"Badger fans have our pledge that we will continue to put resources and efforts into making the concourse safe and efficient," Alvarez said.

Camp Randall Hurricane relief drive nets nearly $60,000

Prior to Wisconsin's game with Bowling Green Saturday, about 65 fan ambassadors, student-athletes and UW staff members collected donations for the American Red Cross hurricane relief efforts to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

In a statement released last week, governor Jim Doyle asked each fan to contribute at a least $1, so that the football game could bring in at least $80,000. Pregame donations, however, totaled $24,478.54. The athletic department and the National W Club also contributed about $35,000, representing 10 percent of concessions stand sales Saturday.

UW-Madison has enrolled a number of students whose colleges have been closed due to the hurricane. As of Tuesday, 12 Wisconsin residents had been admitted as freshmen and another 64 students had been accepted into programs of the Division of Continuing Studies. Since last week, the Office of Admissions reports receiving 150 calls per day from students seeking more information about relocating to Madison, along with another 100 email inquiries.

The university also announced that it will work to revise financial aid packages for current UW-Madison students from affected areas in need of additional assistance.

Fans unable to attend Saturday's game that would like to contribute to the American Red Cross relief efforts may do so by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW or visiting http://www.redcross.org.

For more information on UW-Madison's hurricane response, visit http://www.news.wisc.edu/hurricane/.

Volleyball moves up a spot in poll

Following a season-opening tournament win at the Air Force Falcon Invitational, the Badger volleyball team moved up one spot to ninth in the CSTV/AVCA coaches poll. UW (3-0) was No. 10 in the preseason poll.


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