Wisconsin Sports Headlines : 5/20/2020

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>>NCAA Council To Vote On Allowing On-Campus Voluntary Football Workouts

(Indianapolis, IN)  —  The NCAA Council will vote today (Wednesday) on whether to allow on-campus voluntary football workouts. The current moratorium is scheduled to expire May 31st, but many conferences and schools are aiming at June 1st as a return-to-play target. Technically, the vote will be whether to extend the moratorium, allow voluntary workouts, or allow “required” training overseen by strength and conditioning coaches.  The vote seems to indicate college football will proceed during the existing pandemic – not waiting for a vaccine, and depending on enhanced prevention and testing.


>>University Of Wisconsin Coaching Contracts To Be Addressed Next Month

(Madison, WI)  —  The athletic board at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will address the contracts for winter sports coaches at a meeting June 12th.  The action was originally to be completed at the April meeting, but the matter was postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.  The board will vote on contracts for men’s basketball coach Greg Gard, men’s hockey coach Tony Granato, women’s hockey coach Mark Johnson, wrestling coach Chris Bono, women’s basketball coach Jonathan Tsipis and swimming and diving coach Yuri Suguiyama.


>>NFL Puts Minority Hiring Initiative On Hold

(New York, NY)  —  The NFL has tabled an initiative which would have given any team hiring a minority coach or general manager an incentive in the next draft.  The league’s workplace diversity committee says it will take another look at the idea at a future date.  Hiring a minority head coach would give the involved team a six-slot bump for their next year’s third-round draft pick. The bump would be 10 slots in the third round for hiring a minority general manager.  Retaining the coach or G-M for a second year would result in more benefits. Currently, the NFL has only four minority head coaches – Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, Dolphins coach Brian Flores and Redskins coach Ron Rivera.


>>Major League Baseball:  Brewers Projected To Lose $139M In Shortened Season

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Major League Baseball is reporting it could lose up to four billion dollars if the 2020 season is called off. Officials are still working on an 82-game season with no fans in the stands.  The report released Tuesday projected how much each team might lose, with losses for the Milwaukee Brewers estimated to be 139 million dollars.  Average losses for teams were put at 147 million and the median is expected to be about 135 million.  The dollar figures come from a document presented to the Major League Baseball Players Association called “Economics of Playing without Fans in Attendance.”


>>Wisconsin Native Joins Badger Volleyball Staff As Volunteer Assistant

(Madison, WI)  — Wisconsin volleyball coach Kelly Sheffield’s staff is expanding with the addition of volunteer assistant Mackenzie Long, a native of Walworth.  Long has served as an assistant coach for Missouri S-and-T the last two years.  Sheffield says Long has “a great energy” and “a passion” for the game.  She will be working with a roster of players in Madison considered to be a top contender for a national title next season.  The Badgers finished second in the country earlier this year.