After winning its seventh straight Big Ten Championship last weekend, the No. 1 Wisconsin men's cross country team swept the postseason conference awards. Junior Simon Bairu, who won the race, was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championship, while redshirt freshman Matt Withrow was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year after placing third in the race. Wisconsin coach Jerry Schumacher was named the Coach of the Year and senior Ben Gregory was the team's sportsmanship honoree.
This is Bairu's third straight Athlete of the Year award; he is the fourth consecutive UW runner to win the award and seventh in the last eight years. Schumacher earned his fifth straight Coach of the Year award and sixth in his eight-year stint with the Badgers.
Six Badgers earned first-team All-Big Ten honors: Bairu, Withrow, junior Chris Solinsky, redshirt freshmen Stuart Eagon and Christian Wagner, and senior Antony Ford. Junior Tim Nelson and Gregory earned second-team honors.
Wisconsin last swept the postseason awards in 2003; this is just the fourth time in school history this has happened.
The Badgers moved up from No. 2 to No. 1 in the latest MONDO men's cross country poll, which was released Tuesday.
Football: Alvarez and Calhoun semifinalists for awards
Wisconsin head football coach Barry Alvarez is a semifinalist for the George Munger College Coach of the Year award, while junior tailback Brian Calhoun is a semifinalist for the Maxwell Collegiate Player of the Year. There are 12 semifinalists in each category. Calhoun is also a candidate for the Doak Walker Award, which goes to the nation's best running back, and the Heisman Trophy.
Calhoun leads the country with 21 touchdowns — including 19 rushing touchdowns — and is fifth in the nation in rushing (135.3 yards per game) and all-purpose yards (184.1).
Alvarez, with an 8-1 record and a shot at winning the Big Ten Championship in his final year as a coach at Wisconsin, was previously named a national coach of the year by the Bobby Dodd Foundation (1993), American Football Coaches Association (1993), College & Pro Football Newsweekly (1993) and Victor Award (1999).
Minnesota running back Laurence Maroney and Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton are also listed as a Collegiate Player of the Year semifinalists and Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is a Coach of the Year semifinalist. Iowa linebacker Chad Greenway, Ohio State linebacker A. J. Hawk, Northwestern linebacker Tim McGarigle and Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny are all finalists for the Bednarik Defensive Player of the Year award. Penn State hosts Wisconsin Saturday at 2:36 p.m. Central.
The next round of voting is Nov. 7-25 and the three finalists for each award will attend the College Football Awards Show Dec. 8. The winners will be formally presented with their awards March 3, 2006.
Swimming: Hansen named head coach of U.S. national team
Wisconsin men's and women's swimming coach Eric Hansen has been named the United States head men's coach for the upcoming World Short Course Swimming Championships April 5-9 in Shanghai, China
Hansen served as coach of the Men's Short Course World Championship team in 2002 and led his team to five gold medals and two world records. Hansen also coached the U.S. National Team at the 2003 Pan American Games, helping his swimmers earn eight gold medals.
Men's soccer tops UW-Green Bay
Junior William Bagayoko scored two goals Wednesday as the Wisconsin men's soccer team won its second consecutive game, beating UW-Green Bay 3-0 in Madison.
UW improved to 7-10-0 overall with its first two-game winning streak since the first two games of the season.
Victor Diaz assisted on each of Bagayoko's goals, at 1:12 and 57:15 in the match, and scored one of his own at 11:45.
Goaltender Jake Settle made three saves for his third shutout of the season.
Women's golf: Badgers No. 14 at Palmetto Intercollegiate
The Wisconsin women' golf team placed 14th of 19 teams at the Palmetto Intercollegiate in Kiawah Island, S.C. Monday and Tuesday. Wisconsin shot a 944 (311-313-320) as a team, while freshman Jeana Dahl and sophomore Katie Elliott finished in a tie for 13th at 229.
Other Badgers who scored for Wisconsin include senior Lindsay McMillan (tied for 39th with a 235), junior Melissa Martin (tied for 84th with a 252) and junior Jill Ries (tied for 88th with a 254).
Idaho University won the team title with a 48-over 912 and Idaho's Renee Skidmore won the individual title with a 220.
Volleyball: Wisconsin hosts free clinic Saturday
Coaches on the Wisconsin volleyball team are conducting a free volleyball rules clinic at 4:45 p.m. Saturday in the Field House
"Our goal with the clinic is to help fans understand the game of volleyball better and to learn to appreciate the strategy and nuances of the sport," coach Pete Waite said. "I think it will be a fun and informative session."
Those who want to attend the clinic must have purchased a ticket to that night's match against Purdue, which begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call Karen at (608) 265-8547.
UW to dedicate "Nail's Tales" sculpture Thursday
The University of Wisconsin will dedicate the "Nail's Tales" football sculpture outside of Camp Randall Stadium Thursday at 4 p.m. The sculpture, designed by Wisconsin graduate Donald Lipski, will be installed from 9-10 a.m. The public ribbon cutting ceremony is set for 4 p.m. The sculpture is the finishing touch on the recently-completed stadium renovation.