In conjunction with Maryland's historic move to the Big Ten Conference on July 1, Maryland athletics will be taking an in-depth look at its future Big Ten foes. Today we close out the series by profiling the University of Wisconsin.
June 2: Illinois; June 4: Indiana; June 6: Iowa; June 9: Michigan; June 11: Michigan State; June 13: Minnesota; June 16: Nebraska; June 18: Northwestern; June 20: Ohio State; June 23: Penn State; June 25: Purdue; June 27: Rutgers; June 30: Wisconsin
• Location: Madison, Wisconsin
• Founded: 1848
• Enrollment: 43,275
• Chancellor: Rebecca Blank
• Athletic Director: Barry Alvarez
• School Colors: Cardinal and White
• Nickname: Badgers
• Joined Big Ten Conference: 1896
• Football Stadium (capacity): Camp Randall Stadium (80,321)
• Basketball Arena (capacity): Kohl Center (17,230)
• Varsity Teams: 23
• Most Successful Sport: Men's and women's rowing - 30 national titles
• First B1G event at Maryland: September 12, 2014 - Women's Soccer
• All-time basketball record: 1470-1144 (.562)
• Conference Championships: 17
• Head Coach: Bo Ryan
• All-time football record: 653-481-53 (.572)
• Conference/National Championships: 14/0
• Head Coach: Gary Anderson
Notable Former Athletes
• Basketball: Jon Leuer, Greg Stiemsma, Alondo Tucker, Devin Harris, Dick Schultz, Michael Finley
• Football: Montee Ball, JJ Watt, Russell Wilson, Ricky Wagner, Owen Daniels, Chris Chambers
• Dick Cheney: former Vice President
• Charles Lindbergh: aviator
• John Bardeen: two-time winner of Nobel Peace Prize for physics
Fun Fact: "Paul Bunyan's Axe"
The Paul Bunyan Axe trophy represents one of the most-played rivalries in Division I football, dating back to 1890. The Wisconsin-Minnesota game used to be played for “The Slab of Bacon,” a flat piece of wood with a “W” or an “M” carved into it (depending on which way you looked at it).
The Slab of Bacon mysteriously disappeared in 1943 (later found inside of a UW Athletic Department storage room in 1990), and the trophy was replaced in 1948 with Paul Bunyan’s Axe. The score of each game is painted onto the axe each year.