Notre Dame and UCLA series games were recently added to Wisconsin’s football schedule. The sports editors discuss whether or not these match-up are beneficial for Wisconsin football.Browne: It’s worth adding Notre Dame and UCLA to Wisconsin’s football schedule due to the resulting financial compensation.The Badgers and the Bruins have met 11 times, with UCLA holding a 7-4 edge. UW has won the last three games, but they were the 2000 Sun Bowl, the 1999 Rose Bowl and the 1994 Rose Bowl. The Bruins were ranked No. 14 during their last visit to Madison, and they handed unranked UW a 51-26 defeat.But that was on Sept. 18, 1982. The only thing certain about a UW vs UCLA football game in the year 2030 is that Wisconsin will have an increase in revenue.Notre Dame is one of the most storied programs in all of college football history, thus, a win over them in a system such as the four-team NCAA College Football Playoff selection is crucial to have on your resume during your three-game non-conference schedule.Wisconsin vs LSU at Lambeau Field was the first college game played at the historic NFL stadium and it was a huge success. Adding Soldier Field to the mix on top of the smashing success at Lambeau already spells huge television contract money, not only for Notre Dame, but really for Wisconsin, given that Notre Dame is an independent football conference school and has a likewise independent NBC television contract.Larson:Adding games like Notre Dame and UCLA into our already intense Big Ten schedule match-ups does not bode well for Wisconsin football. While I like the idea of playing successful teams like the Bruins and Fighting Irish in the long run, I think that they should remain postseason games only.With so little margin for error now the Big Ten is divided into East and West, and only one spot is available for each team to advance to the Big Ten Championship, each and every game counts.Wisconsin has a losing record against both teams, with a 4-7 record against the Bruins and 6-8-2 with the Fighting Irish. Both of these records look dismal on paper, and it looks as though both of these match-ups might result in a loss for the Badgers.This would mean four losses for Wisconsin, and four losses that would weigh on them for the rest of the respective seasons. The remainder of each season would be spent trying to overcome that loss, and it would mean that each and every loss becomes a burden that the Badgers must shoulder.Pressure of that kind is the thing that destroys team, not builds them.Schreter: Adding future home and home series with UCLA and Notre Dame could be beneficial for Wisconsin football, but it could also be harmful. This is really dependent on the landscape of college football in the future.In recent years expansion of the four team college football playoff has been a hot topic of discussion within the NCAA. These home and home series will likely be difficult match-ups for the Badgers, but whether or not they end up being worth it is very dependent on the NCAA’s post season setup and what it takes to qualify.If the playoffs remain at four teams, than these difficult out-of-conference games will likely make it exponentially harder for the Badgers to qualify. On the other hand, these games could give the Badger’s a huge strength of schedule a boost and leave them with a larger margin for error in the event that the playoffs are expanded to eight or 16 games.While no protocols have been discussed yet in an eight or 16 team playoff, the Big Ten Champion would almost certainly be given an automatic bid. In this scenario, difficult out-of-conference games like those against UCLA and Notre Dame would give the Badger’s the opportunity for multiple wins without risking their chance at the post season.
pic.twitter.com/F1JdMLbAt6— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) November 28, 2019Peters issues letter of resignationOn Friday, Treliving announced that he accepted a letter of resignation from Peters as a result of the ongoing investigation into the racial slur and physical abuse allegations the now-former head coach was facing. He would not offer any insight into whether Peters would have been fired had the resignation not come — suggesting that it is not best to deal in hypotheticals.”Effective immediately, Bill Peters is no longer a member of the Calgary Flames organization.”This morning, #Flames GM Brad Treliving received and accepted a letter of resignation from Bill Peters: “Effective immediately, Bill Peters is no longer a member of the Calgary Flames organization.” pic.twitter.com/IImaQVaXml— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) November 29, 2019Geoff Ward was announced as interim head coach of the Flames. He coached the team in Wednesday’s overtime win against Buffalo and has been an associate for the Flames for just one full season. Flames head coach Bill Peters has resigned during an investigation after a former player accused him of using a racial slur during an interaction years ago.The player in question, Akim Aliu, played for Peters with the Rockford IceHogs — the Chicago Blackhawks’ minor league affiliate — during the 2009-10 season. Aliu wrote in a series of tweets Monday that recent criticism of former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock did not surprise him and that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” when it came to Peters, who he labeled as Babcock’s “protege.” The Flames head coach worked as an assistant under Babcock in junior hockey with the Spokane Chiefs from 1999 to 2002 and broke into the NHL coaching ranks as Babcock’s assistant with the Detroit Red Wings in 2011.MORE: Calgary Flames GM denies rumors of Bill Peters firingAliu alleged on Twitter that Peters “dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room” in his rookie year because he did not approve of Aliu playing hip-hop music in the locker room.On Tuedsay, Aliu gave a detailed account of the incident to TSN, which also independently corroborated his account with two of his then-teammates. Other players have since come forward with stories of their own unpleasant experiences with Peters, while Calgary general manager Brad Treliving promised a “thorough” investigation into the matter.Here everything we know so far about the Bill Peters situation.What is Bill Peters accused of saying?Former NHLer Akim Aliu accused Peters of repeatedly using racial slurs toward him in the IceHogs locker room before a morning skate during the 2009-10 season.The Nigerian-born Aliu, 20 at the time, told TSN on Tuesday that Peters said “Hey Akim, I’m sick of you playing that n— s—,” when he entered the room, referring to Aliu’s hip-hop music.“He said, ‘I’m sick of hearing this n— f—ing other n— in the ass stuff,'” Aliu told TSN. “He then walked out like nothing ever happened. You could hear a pin drop in the room, everything went dead silent. I just sat down in my stall, didn’t say a word.”TSN reached out to two of Aliu’s his former teammates — Simon Pepin and Peter MacArthur — on Tuesday to corroborate the story. Aliu said Peters never apologized for his comments and instead used a racial slur again when they had a one-on-one meeting.“You know, I’m just sick of this n— s—. It’s every day. From now on, we need to play different music,” Peters said, according to Aliu.Aliu tweeted that he rebelled against Peters in the incident’s aftermath and was sent down to the ECHL not long after as a result. He also said he never confronted the coach about the incident directly.”What am I going to say? I was 20 years old and a first-year pro. I was too scared to speak up,” Aliu told TSN. “I beat myself up every day over it.”Flames, NHL issue statements over allegationThe NHL called Peters’ alleged behavior “repugnant and unacceptable” in a statement Tuesday.Rumors swirled that Peters had been fired when he was not seen on the ice for the Flames’ practice in Buffalo on Tuesday, but Calgary GM Brad Treliving told reporters the coach has not yet been relieved of his duties. Treliving said he had alrady spoken to both Peters and Aliu, and while he could not speculate on what might happen, Treliving to the need for a “thorough” investigation into the matter.”We hope to have this completed quickly, but it’s got to be thorough,” Treliving told reporters. “It’s got to be thorough and it’s got to be done correctly and I’m not about to comment on anything halfway through or give tidbits or give soundbites at this point other than to say the serious nature of this is not lost on us. We take it with extreme seriousness and until such time as I personally can talk to all parties involved and everybody we want to as part of this, we’re not going to comment.”A statement from #Flames GM Brad Treliving in Buffalo. pic.twitter.com/qcvqZpnjkF— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) November 26, 2019ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski reported Tuesday that the only reason Peters has not yet been fired is that the team’s lawyers are working on a way to remove him without having to pay the rest of his contract. According to CapFriendly, Peters is signed through the 2020-21 season; financial details of the contract are unknown.Later Tuesday evening, Treliving issued a statement that Peters will not be coaching while the team’s investigation continues. “Bill Peters will not be behind the bench for the Flames game [Wednesday] night in Buffalo,” the statement read. “Associate coach Geoff Ward will handle head coaching duties.”Prior concerns were raised in CarolinaABC’s Mark Armstrong reported that a prior concern had been raised by players and staff members within the Hurricanes organization to Ron Francis regarding concerns about Peters. No change was made.Francis was the Hurricanes’ GM from 2014-18, the same exact time Peters was the head coach. Francis is now the first GM of the Seattle expansion team.”Close relationships spanning decades were ruined because of Francis’ decision not to fire Peters,” The Athletic’s Sara Civian added.How NHL players reacted to Akim Aliu’s claimAnother former IceHog, Sean McMorrow, tweeted on Tuesday that Peters was the “worst human being ever to coach me” and that he was treated “terrible” by the now 54-year-old head coach.Michal Jordan, who played for Peters during his time with the Hurricanes, accused Peters of physical abuse during an unspecified game.1) Never wish anything bad to the person but you get what you deserve Bill.After years making it to the NHL had experience with the worst coach ever by far.Kicking me and punching other player to the head during the game…— Michal Jordan (@TheBigCzech23) November 26, 20192) then pretending like nothing happened…couldnt believe my eyes what can happen in the best league.. happy that i dont have to go thrue that stuff on daily basics anymore.— Michal Jordan (@TheBigCzech23) November 26, 2019Current Hurricanes head coach Rob Brind’Amour — who served as Peters’ assistant — confirmed Jordan’s account on Wednesday and said the team’s upper management handled the situation correctly after players raised concerns about Peters.The Athletic’s Sara Civian reported Tuesday that one source within the Hurricanes organization simply said “Karma’s a b—” in response to the allegations against Peters.Peters issues apologyOn Wednesday, Peters wrote a letter of apology addressed to Treliving and sent to TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Sportnet’s Eric Francis along with the Flames GM.”I am aware that there is no excuse for language that is offensive,” the statement read. “I meant no disrespect in what I said, and it was not directed at anyone in particular. But that doesn’t matter, it was hurtful and demeaning. I am truly sorry.”A statement from Bill Peters, in the form of a letter to CGY GM Brad Treliving:: pic.twitter.com/YouP6ZABrm— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) November 28, 2019Later Wednesday, Treliving told reporters that the investigation was still ongoing, adding that the Flames have “tried to be as open as transparent as possible.””I know everybody wants everything done immediately [and] the world we live in is immediate,” Treliving told reporters. “We are not trying to stall or take time or drag our feet. It’s a serious matter.”Aliu called Peters’ apology “misleading, insincere and concerning” in a statement of his own Thursday morning.
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