Wisconsin is one of four schools to receive the 2005-06 CHAMPS Program of Excellence, as awarded by the Division I-A Athletic Directors' Association. Texas Tech, Illinois and Wyoming also received the honor. Kelli Richards is Wisconsin's CHAMPS Life Skills Coordinator.
The award goes to Division I-A CHAMPS programs that have displayed a highly effective and pervasive program that benefits student-athletes in the five CHAMPS program components. The athletic departments must show: that it is committed to the CHAMPS program; that the goals and objectives address the needs of student-athletes; that the design and implementation of the department's mission reflects a commitment to the student-athlete's welfare; that the department has a CHAMPS professional who reports to the athletic director; and the promotion and marketing of CHAMPS programs and achievements.
A CHAMPS National Advisory Board, consisting of CHAMPS program administrators and the Athletic Directors' Association Executive Director, selects the recipients based on submitted materials from a school's athletic department.
Calhoun UW's Student-Athlete of the Month
Wisconsin junior tailback Brian Calhoun has been named Wisconsin's Student-Athlete of the Month, based on a nomination from the football team and popular vote from the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Calhoun ranks third in the nation with 156.5 rushing yards per game and fourth with 192.5 all-purpose yards per game. He is tied for fifth in scoring, with 13.5 points per game.
The Student-Athlete of the Month award recognizes the "exemplary portrayal" of a student-athlete. Recipients must have outstanding achievement or recognition in academics, make a significant contribution to their team, be actively involved in community service and be an eligible student-athlete with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0.
Volleyball No. 7 in RKPI rankings
The No. 8 Wisconsin volleyball team (10-1 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) is ranked No. 7 in the nation and No. 2 in the Mideast Region in the RichKern.com/AVCA Division I Regional Computer Index. The rankings mimic those of the NCAA RPI, published at the end of the season. The Rich Kern rankings are not associated with the official NCAA regional rankings but use a similar computerized formula and can show schools where they may be ranked come NCAA tournament time. Nebraska is ranked No. 1 overall and No. 5 Penn State is the highest-ranked team in the Mideast Region.
FSN North to televise 19 Badger hockey games this season
Fans can catch 19 of the 35 regular-season Wisconsin men's hockey games on television this year. Fox Sports Net North will televise 10 home and nine road games during the 2005-06 regular season, including 10 of the first 12 games.
FSN North will televise Wisconsin home games against St. Lawrence, Alaska-Anchorage, Colorado College, Minnesota State, Denver, Minnesota and St. Cloud State. FSN North will also show Badger road games at St. Cloud State, North Dakota, Minnesota, Colorado College, Minnesota-Duluth and Minnesota State.
Most games begin at 7 p.m. Central, with the exception of a Nov. 20 contest against Minnesota State, which begins at 8 p.m. and a Jan. 13 game at Colorado College that begins at 8:30 p.m.
Wisconsin Public Television and UPN-14 will also broadcast Badger games but have not announced which games will be shown.