— Wisconsin fans were furious over the UW-Michigan game last weekend after Michigan beat Wisconsin, prompting a call for a boycott.
Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez released a statement Monday calling the game “a total loss for the state of Wisconsin” and saying the players “did not take the right steps” after the Wolverines defeated the Badgers 30-27 on Saturday.
The statement said Alvarez “had the opportunity to talk to all the players and coaches of the UW basketball team, and he has had no contact with any of them.”
The statement continued: “There was no communication from the university or the athletic department with the players, the players were not notified and it is clear to us that this situation will not be resolved by the athletic team, which is led by one of the greatest coaches in Wisconsin history.
We will be making a full investigation and taking whatever actions are necessary to prevent this from happening again.
It is time for the athletic directors of both schools to put aside their differences and do the right thing for the benefit of the student-athletes and for the University of Wisconsin and for Wisconsin and the Wisconsin football program.”
The Wisconsin-Michigan contest ended a five-game winning streak for the Badger men, who have lost nine straight games and four of their past five.
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