Just how good will Wisconsin’s next class be; Greg Gard on the hot seat?

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Wisconsin mailbag

The Badgers are off to a very good start with their 2019 recruiting class. In his latest mailbag, Jesse Temple predicts where the class will finish in the rankings, as well as the chances that 4-star quarterback Graham Mertz stays committed.

Greg Gard on the hot seat?

Those that follow Wisconsin know the challenges coach Greg Gard has dealt with during a season that appears destined to be the Badgers’ first since 1998 to end without an NCAA Tournament berth. That has Kerry Miller of Bleacher Report, listing Gard among a number of coaches on the hot seat as March approaches.

Despite being included on Miller’s list, Gard will almost surely be back next season, and the Wisconsin State Journal’s Tom Oates writes the coach doesn’t have to look far to find a road map back to competing for titles. His brother, Jeff, provided one at Wisconsin-Platteville this season.

Graham Mertz an All-American

Mertz is an Under Armour All-American. The 4-star quarterback revealed on Twitter he’d accepted an invite to the prestigious game.

Kirk Penney retiring

Former Wisconsin guard Kirk Penney is calling it a career. The New Zealand native announced Wednesday that his pro career would come to an end at the conclusion of the NBL season.

Khalil Iverson playing at high level

Wisconsin’s defense the last two games has keyed a pair of victories. And according to Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, junior Khalil Iverson is a big reason for it.

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Troy Fumagalli a sleeper pick

Former Wisconsin tight end Troy Fumagalli put up some of the best numbers in school history the last four seasons. Despite that, he’s gone a little under the radar in the lead up to the NFL combine. It’s why Saturday Blitz believes he’s the biggest sleeper pick among tight ends in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Tony Granato back with Badgers

With his Olympic duties coaching Team USA now behind him, coach Tony Granato is expected back with Wisconsin this weekend when the Badgers face Ohio State, per Todd Milewski.

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