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Russell Wilson opts for football, Badgers

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It’s been widely expected that Russell Wilson would opt for one more season of college football and play that final year in Madison.

Unfortunately for both his current employer and the Auburn Tigers, that has come to fruition.

The Asheville Tourists, a part of the Colorado Rockies minor league system, announced late Monday morning that Wilson has left the team in order to return to college football.

While the Class A club would not say where Wilson was headed, we can confirm reports from both the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and ESPN.com report that the former North Carolina State quarterback is headed to play for Bret Bielema‘s Wisconsin Badgers.  Wilson is expected to appear on the network’s College Football Live show at 3:30 ET this afternoon to make an announcement and his decision official.

The addition of Wilson, an all-ACC performer at NCSU, would appear to solidify a very sketchy QB situation for the Badgers, who are in the process of replacing starter Scott Tolzien.  Wilson’s presence on a team that already possesses a stifling defense and deadly ground game will make the Badgers the overwhelming preseason favorite to win the Leaders (chuckle) division and square off against the winner of the Legends (giggle) division in the inaugural Big Ten title game.

UPDATED 12:47 p.m. ET: Wisconsin has confirmed that Wilson has committed to play for the Badgers.

“Russell will come in and compete for the starting quarterback position,” Bielema said in a statement. “This is an unusual situation, especially for a program that prides itself on developing players throughout their careers, as we do here at Wisconsin. However, this is a special situation and Russell is the type of player and person that fits very well with our team.”

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11 Responses to “Russell Wilson opts for football, Badgers”
  1. trbowman says: Jun 27, 2011 1:58 PM

    Wow! Wisconsin outbid Auburn!

  2. mvp43 says: Jun 27, 2011 2:59 PM

    Ya, not enough left in the kitty………

    Great for Wisconsin though. With OSU out of the picture, they’re the team to beat.

  3. centexhorn says: Jun 27, 2011 4:06 PM

    The teams to beat are Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Michigan. I wouldn’t say any of them have the advantage right now, but it looks like the Legends Division is the strongest this year.

  4. centexhorn says: Jun 27, 2011 4:08 PM

    I would also like to add:

    Suck it, Auburn!*

    Sincerely, Someone Who’s Still Bitter About Not Getting Christian Westerman.

    *Although maybe I should be more pissed at that punk bitch Christian Westerman.

  5. Don't Stop Badger Believin' says: Jun 27, 2011 5:02 PM

    Wow that gives the Badgers a totally different offense. You could not legitimately look to Tolzien to carry the team, but Wilson is a dynamic enough player to lead a comeback.

    Major upgrade and with the Pryor-Sweatervest fiasco that puts Wisconsin into the the Big Twel- uh…Ten title game.

  6. paparoach25 says: Jun 27, 2011 7:55 PM

    suck it anyone who isn’t in the sec.
    7 bcs championships
    5 in a row
    Wisconsin can have a guy who hasn’t proving himself and has only one year of eligibility

  7. frankbullit says: Jun 27, 2011 10:33 PM

    I have to question Wilson: an offense that is taylor made to his talents and Michael Dyer in your backfield? As much as I like the Badger program, how in the hell could he turn down Auburn?

  8. piratey says: Jun 27, 2011 11:37 PM

    @frankbullit

    Uhh maybe because Auburn is only returning 5 starters? Not 5 starters on offense, 5 starters on the whole team. Auburn is going to be a train wreck…

  9. lucky5934 says: Jun 28, 2011 10:49 AM

    Yes, Auburn lost a lot of talent this year. But they also have brought in 3 very solid recruiting classes the last three offseasons. Of course they will take their lumps, but they will be setting the tone for next year. However, they will still be competative this year. Wilson won’t be much better in than any of the QB’s with having to come in and learn the system. Finally, Auburn returns 7 starters. Not 5. Not that it is a huge difference. But every starter helps.

  10. mushroomcloudmofo says: Jun 28, 2011 11:24 AM

    “Wisconsin can have a guy who hasn’t proving himself”

    Obligatory yeah-you-might-be-dominant-in-sports-but-clearly-your-academics-suck comment.

    Hard to argue with the SEC record on the field tho.

  11. paulbrownsrevenge says: Jun 28, 2011 6:37 PM

    Great for Wisconsin though. With OSU out of the picture, they’re the team to beat.

    Ohio State is hardly out of the picture. Lots of talent there, and they lost Tressel, the rest of the coaching staff is there. I’m sure Luke Fickell took a few mental notes. Braxton Miller could be a star this year.

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