"Jamal has not met the academic standards of performance that I expect out of our student-athletes," Bielema said in a press release. "I have met with him a number of times and, ultimately, have decided to inform him that he would not play in our first game this season.
"This decision has nothing to do with NCAA, Big Ten or university academic requirements. I have told Jamal his future with our program will be dependent on his willingness to handle his academic responsibilities."
Cooper took part in spring practices on a limited basis while continuing to rehabilitate his injury. On UW's official post-spring depth chart, he is listed as a co-starter at right defensive end with sophomore Matt Shaughnessy.
As a third-year sophomore last season, Cooper started three games before suffering his knee injury in the first half of a game at North Carolina. For the year he had seven tackles, including two for loss and a sack
In 2004, Cooper shared the Badgers' Rookie of the Year honor with then-linebacker Andy Crooks. That season Cooper had 18 tackles, including five for loss and two sacks, while serving as a top reserve.
Men's track: Brown earns $7,500 scholarship
Senior Nathan Brown, a decathlete on the UW indoor and outdoor track teams, is one of 58 winter sport athletes in the nation to receive a $7,500 NCAA postgraduate scholarship. There were 29 men's scholarships and 29 women's scholarship awarded. Brown is the first UW male track athlete to earn the award and the first Badger recipient overall since Heather Taggart received one in 1992.
Brown, a Madison La Follette High School graduate, is majoring in biochemistry and plans to attend UW's medical school this fall. He was a 2005 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA first-team Academic All-American. He has been named an academic All-Big Ten pick three times and twice has been named the men's track athletic board scholar for having the team's best grade point average. He won the Big Ten indoor championship in the heptathlon in 2006 and qualified for the 2005 NCAA outdoor championship in the decathlon. Brown is also the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president and a UW Athletic Board member. He volunteers in the emergency room at St. Mary's Hospital.
To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.20 and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which the student-athlete was nominated. The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.
Men's hockey: Suter to compete with Team USA
Former Badger defenseman Ryan Suter was named to Team USA's roster for the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship, which takes place May 5-21 in Latvia.
Because Suter's NHL team, the Nashville Predators, was eliminated from the NHL playoffs earlier this week, he can now compete for the team, which is coached by Badger head coach Mike Eaves. Former UW defenseman Tom Gilbert played in an exhibition game with Team USA, contributing an assist in USA's 6-0 win over Slovenia. But Gilbert is expected to come back to the United States on Saturday.
Clum named USA Wisconsin Wrestling Club head coach
Tom Clum, who recently exhausted his eligibility with the UW wrestling team, has been named to the USA Wisconsin Wrestling Club. Clum is a two-time All-American and Big Ten Champion.
"I am very excited about becoming the club coach," Clum said. "I feel that this will help our program compete with the top programs in the country. As the club coach I plan (on) bringing in some of the elite wrestling athletes from around the US to train in our room, which ultimately will help out athletes become more competitive and will raise the intensity of our training."