KFIZ Sports Scoreboard : 11/4/2020

>>WIAA:  No High School Football Championships This Season

(Stevens Point, WI)  —  Wisconsin state champions won’t be crowned in high school football this fall – but, there will be postseason competition.  The WIAA will put teams in regional pods of eight within their division, then schedule matchups based on competition levels for two additional weeks of play.  A regular-season starting September 7th gave teams conference championships to fight for.  The end play by November 20th, the season became too condensed to allow for the usual playoffs.  There wasn’t enough time for the usual five rounds of playoffs before winter sports start November 23rd.

>>Purdue Game Called Off – 1 More Cancellation And Badgers Won’t Be Eligible For Title

(Madison, WI)  —  Tuesday’s decision to cancel Purdue’s game against the Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium has Wisconsin on the verge of disqualification for the Big Ten Championship game.  The canceled contests against the Boilermakers and the Nebraska Cornhuskers can’t be made up and conference rules say a team has to play at least six games to be eligible.  All football activities in Madison are on hold.  Athletic Director Barry Alvarez reports there are 27 active COVID-19 cases in the U-W program, 15 athletes and 12 staff members.  The only way the six-game requirement could change is if enough conference schools are forced to cancel enough games.  That possibility isn’t close to happening right now.

>>Packers Make No Moves Before NFL Trading Deadline

(Green Bay, WI)  —  No deal for Houston’s Will Fuller, no help coming for the Packers run defense.  Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst decided to hang on to his draft picks as the NFL trade deadline passed.  The Houston Chronicle reports the Texans were asking for a second-round draft pick for the speedy Fuller.  His injury history probably kept that from happening.  If the Packers are going to put an end to opponents having the ability to gouge them with a ground game, that improvement is apparently going to have to come from within.

>>Bucks Could Get A Little Salary Cap Relief By Asking For A Career-Ending Injury Exemption

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  While the Milwaukee Bucks try to improve their roster, one of the biggest roadblocks is the salary cap.  They just don’t have much room to bring on a significant player.  One strategy that hasn’t been pursued yet could be applying to the league for a career-ending injury exemption for retired forward Jon Leuer.  That would save a little over three million dollars.  Not much help, but it’s a start.  They saved 10-and-a-half-million dollars two years ago by getting an exemption for Mirza Teletovic.  Applying for the exemption doesn’t mean automatic approval.  Leuer announced his NBA retirement earlier this year, pointing to his declining physical health and durability.

>>DNR:  No Decision Yet On Wisconsin Wolf Hunt

(Madison, WI)  —  The ruling last week by the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list could mean a Wisconsin wolf hunt this winter.  State officials say it’s too early to know that yet.  The federal change means the state will manage the wolf population for the first time in seven years.  Department of Natural Resources Fish, Wildlife and Parks Division Administrator Keith Warnke says his department has done it before, has been ready for several years, and is looking forward to doing the job.  The delisting doesn’t take effect until January.  State law has the wolf hunt beginning the first Saturday in November when the wolves aren’t on the endangered list.  The DNR estimates there are one-thousand-34 wolves in Wisconsin now.