CFB AM: Wisconsin coach shocks walk-on with scholarship during trivia
CFB AM: Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen shocks walk-on with scholarship during trivia, plus more news and notes from around college football.
What will Year 2 in Madison bring for Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen?
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By Teddy Mitrosilis
Gary Andersen wanted to have a little fun at fall camp, so the Wisconsin coach came up with a game.
Bucket Hat Trivia, he called it.
At the end of a team meeting, Andersen called out a few players and asked them a question. If they gave the correct answer, they were rewarded with a Badgers bucket hat.
The best prize handed out was far better than a bucket hat, though.
Andersen called redshirt sophomore walk-on long snapper Connor Udelhoven’s name and asked him a question about how many walk-ons have been awarded scholarships.
Udelhoven answered the question incorrectly, but then Andersen did a very cool thing by making him part of the new answer. Here’s the video:
THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. On Thursday, a vote will be held to determine whether the Power 5 leagues are granted autonomy and some legislative freedom. Does this mean the Power 5 leagues will be separate from the rest of Division I? Will they have full control over their league’s legislation? There’s a lot of confusion around the autonomy discussion, and Stewart Mandel has a simple and insightful piece that addresses the fundamental questions.
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“Every official talks about getting ‘the phone call,’ ” Conti said. “And ‘the phone call’ is whatever that next level is, for that supervisor to personally call you on the phone. I remember sitting at the kitchen table and I hung up and I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh, I got the phone call. I made it to Division I.’”