Marshall Football Signs Contract With Wisconsin
Huntington, WV -
Marshall University Director of Athletics Lance
West announced today the signing of a one-game football contract with the
University of Wisconsin. The game will be played on September 15, 2007, in
"Anytime you get the chance to take on a Big Ten team, especially
one the caliber of Wisconsin, it is exciting," Marshall head coach Bob
Pruett said. "We want our program to continue to get better and better, and
to do that we have to play the best, and that is what we are getting with
Marshall will receive a guarantee of $475,000 for the game.
Wisconsin finished the 2000 campaign with a 9-4 record, including a
21-20 victory over UCLA in the Sun Bowl played in El Paso, TX. The Badgers
are coached by Barry Alvarez. In his 11 years as the head of the Badgers,
Alvarez has compiled a 79-48-4 record and led the Badgers to six bowl
victories, including three Rose Bowl titles. He is the all-time winningest
coach in Wisconsin history.
A total of eight former Wisconsin football players were taken in the
2001 NFL draft held in New York City. Only Florida State, who had nine
players picked, had more former athletes selected. In addition, two Badgers
were selected in the first round, giving Wisconsin five first-round choices
in the past three years.
In the 2000 season, the Thundering Herd (8-5) recorded their fourth
consecutive Mid-American Conference Championship with a 19-14 win over
Western Michigan. The Herd also knocked off Cincinnati, 25-14, to claim
their third straight Motor City Bowl Championship. Junior quarterback and
Heisman Trophy candidate Byron Leftwich threw for 3,358 yards and 21
touchdowns during the regular season and another 221 yards in the Motor City
Bowl, earning him MVP honors. His nine interceptions in 457 attempts ranked
first in the nation among QBs with at least 400 attempts.
Future Marshall football non-conference opponents include the
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