Former Wisconsin offensive lineman Gabe Carimi is making significant strides in returning to the gridiron following a major knee injury that cut his 2011 season short. Carimi participated in OTA's with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday. Following an off-day, he is set to resume team activities on Thursday and will be fully active in all of the team's activities next week.
For those looking to get their college football fix, Scott Dochtermann of The Gazette, wrote an interesting piece about the Big Ten and Pac-12 collaboration. It discusses how the plan, conceived by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, may help college football save itself during the turbulent times of conference expansion.
Detroit Redwings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom announced his retirement Thursday after spending 20 years in the NHL. On the surface, that story may not seem to be particularly important in Madison. But, as Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal points out, Lidstrom's replacement likely hails from Badger country. Two (soon to be three) former Badgers could be suitable fill-ins.
In case you missed it, the 2012-13 wrestling schedule was released last week. The Badgers will host Hofstra in the season opener on November 11. The Big Ten dual season will open up on December 7 when Wisconsin will entertain Michigan State. The dual meet season will go out with a bang when Minnesota visits the Fieldhouse on February 10.
The Big Ten Championships are set to take place March 9-10 in Champaign, Ill.
Staying on the mat, incoming Badger grappler Jesse Thielke qualified for his fourth consecutive FILA Junior World Team on Tuesday. Thielke, who was a four-time state champion at Germantown High School, will compete at 60 Kg in the FILA Junior World Championships September 4-9 in Pattaya, Thailand.