“We want to thank Jordan for his dedication to our program and congratulate him on getting his degree,” Gard said to uwathletics.com. “We wish him well and will do whatever we can to help him both on and off the court moving forward.”Football: Ramczyk, Watt headline Badgers 2017 NFL Draft classWith the 2017 NFL Draft fast approaching April 28, ESPN’s foremost NFL draft analyst, Mel Kiper Jr., chimed in on Read…Hill appeared in 76 games throughout his career with the Badgers, including 35 appearances in the 2016-17 season.“I am so grateful for the opportunity to spend four years studying and playing at Wisconsin,” Hill said to uwathletics.com. “In May, I will be graduating with an incredible degree from a world class institution.”What to watch for in Badger sports as summer approachesThe 2016-17 year of University of Wisconsin sports is only weeks away from a close, but that doesn’t mean there Read…Spanning all three seasons, Hill averaged 11.1 minutes per game along with 1.9 points per game.“Making the decision to leave the program was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in life, but I had to make the best decision for myself,” Hill said. University of Wisconsin men’s basketball junior guard Jordan Hill has decided he will not be returning to Madison for his final year of eligibility, per UW Athletics.This Wednesday, men’s basketball head coach Greg Gard announced the redshirt junior has been granted a release to explore transfer options following his expected graduation later this May.
Former Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis claimed in a statement Saturday that he did tell former team owner Peter Karmanos about Bill Peters’ alleged physical abuse of two players during a game.Francis, who served as GM in Carolina from 2014-18, wrote that he took immediate action to address the reported incident — which former NHLer Michal Jordan brought to light amid a debacle that led to Peters’ resignation as Calgary Flames head coach — and that nothing else occured between the players and Peters during his time with the club. MORE: How Calgary Flames reacted to Bill Peters’ resignationJordan, 29, wrote on Twitter that Peters once kicked him in the back during a game and punched a different Carolina skater in the head, an account that current Hurricanes head coach Rob Brind’Amour corroborated to the media on Nov. 27.”When I was general manager in Carolina, after a game, a group of players and hockey staff members made me aware of the physical incidents involving two players and Bill Peters,” Francis wrote in the statement. I took this matter very seriously.”I took immediate action to address the matter and briefed ownership …”Statement from Ron Francis: pic.twitter.com/2UVFGuOECH— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) November 30, 2019Karmanos, who sold majority ownership of the franchise to Tom Dundon in 2018, told the Seattle Times earlier this week he had no knowledge of the incident and that he would have fired Peters “in a nanosecond” if he had known. “I’m pretty upset,” Karmanos added, saying that Jordan opted to leave the Hurricanes organization for the KHL despite being offered a contract after the 2015-16 season. “And I have my calls in to Ronnie as well. I think he’s the one who’s going to have to tell people what he did when he found out that the coach had done these things.’’Both Peters and Francis left the Hurricanes organization within a matter of days in April 2018 as Dundon asserted control over the team. Francis is now the general manager of the NHL’s Seattle expansion team that begins play in the 2021-22 season. For that reason, the Hall of Famer said it would have been inappropriate to comment on Peters while another team — the Flames — conducted an investigation into Peters’ past conduct.The Athletic’s Sara Civian reported that she had been told Francis wanted to release a statement earlier this week but could not. Francis also said that he will not comment on the matter further.