Auburn Loses To Wisconsin In Battle For Russell Wilson

Senior QB Russell Wilson looked to have narrowed his transfer list to Auburn and Wisconsin before electing to head north for the fall.

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Russell Wilson Chooses Wisconsin Over Auburn, According To Report

Looks like ESPN has scooped ESPN, as the network is reporting former N.C. State Wolfpack QB Russell Wilson will transfer to the Wisconsin Badgers ... just hours before Wilson himself is scheduled to make the announcement on ESPN. What will they think of next!

(Also, my favorite part of this entire story so far: the Asheville Tourists announcing at the same time that Wilson has left their team.)

Why the move to the Big Ten? Obviously, the young man likes to rock red and white. But I think Wisconsin is about as interesting a destination for Wilson as you could draw up. For a team that likes to power the ball straight ahead, adding a dynamic quarterback like Wilson could unlock some really exciting stuff.

As for Auburn ... it's full speed Barrett Trotter.

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Russell Wilson Announcing Transfer Choice Monday Afternoon

The race for former N.C. State Wolfpack QB and minor league infielder Russell Wilson is believed to be down to the Auburn Tigers and Wisconsin Badgers. After several delays and false starts, it looks like we're about to find out his destination. Monday morning, ESPN announced Wilson will make his choice live on the network at 3:30 pm ET. 

A betting man would have to give Wiscy the edge, simply based on the handful of positive reports coming out of Madison, but the morbidly curious would still love to see what Gus Malzahn could do with Wilson.

Fun experiment: watch whether this decision affects the odds of either team winning its conference. Auburn is currently a 50/1 longshot to repeat in the SEC, while Wisconsin is just behind favorite Nebraska.

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Russell Wilson's 'Grand Slam' Wisconsin Visit Includes Minor Violation

By all accounts the Auburn Tigers are battling the Wisconsin Badgers for the services of former N.C. State Wolfpack QB Russell Wilson. The passer took a trip to Madison last week that was described as a "grand slam" for the Badgers, a considerate metaphor indeed, as Wilson is also a minor league baseball player.  

As CBS Sports' Tom Fornelli notes, that grand slam also included a minor violation by WR Nick Toon, who publicly said he met Wilson and hopes he comes to Wisconsin. It's not enough to get the program in trouble by any means, and Toon will certainly get a brief talking-to, but it does help illustrate how highly sought Wilson is by both of these teams.

For Auburn, Wilson could mean a chance to contend in the SEC West; for Wisconsin, it could mean even more.  

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Russell Wilson Reportedly To Wisconsin Football Instead Of Auburn, But Stories Conflict

Based on assorted chatter and hearsay, the quest to land the 2011 services of former N.C. State Wolfpack QB and current minor league baseball prospect Russell Wilson came down to the Auburn Tigers and Wisconsin Badgers. And according to NBC Sports' Keith Arnold, the Badgers won, though NBC 12's Matt Lincoln begs to differ.

Some have questioned Wilson's reported choice to head to the Big Ten instead of playing in the SEC, and especially his reported selection of Wisconsin's run-heavy, power offense over a versatile, adaptable and easy-to-pick-up attack like what Gus Malzahn whipped up for Cam Newton. I think a move to Wisconsin would be a genius decision -- how many opportunities does a quarterback get to come in as the starter for a team that's become one of the top two favorites to win its BCS conference?

With Ohio State's losses, the Big Ten is wide open for teams like Wisconsin and Nebraska to make a move. The Badgers are already being picked as a top-15 team for 2011, and that's with a quarterback depth chart that lacks certainty. Wilson could take Wisconsin's offense to another level, provided he can play in a top conference as well as he did in the ACC.

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Russell Wilson Football Transfer Would Be 'Disappointing,' Says Rockies Exec

Former N.C. State Wolfpack QB Russell Wilson, currently a minor league baseball player in the Colorado Rockies organization, is reportedly considering various SEC schools -- like the Auburn Tigers, for instance -- for his senior season of college football. How do the Rockies feel about this?

Senior director of player development Marc Gustafson said to the Asheville Citizen-Times: 

He's a premium athlete who doesn't know what he wants to do. Until we know something different, we consider him to be a baseball player only. Would we be disappointed if he chose to play football? Yes, we would.

Wilson has said multiple college football teams are interested in his services, according to Gustafson. The Asheville Tourists infielder would have to give back at least part of his $250,000 Rockies signing bonus, though [Auburn joke], so that's probably not all that big of a detriment anyway. 

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Russell Wilson Visiting Auburn On Transfer Trail, According To Report

Former N.C. State Wolfpack QB Russell Wilson is visiting the Auburn Tigers Tuesday, according to ESPN's Joe Schad. Wilson was let go by Wolfpack program after coach Tom O'Brien questioned his commitment to the program, as he also has a budding minor league baseball career in the works.

Wilson would be free to play his senior season for Auburn in 2011, as he's already graduated from North Carolina State. That would potentially solve Auburn's biggest question -- how to replace Cam Newton -- heading into the season, though it certainly wouldn't be a guaranteed fix, even as talented as Wilson is.

The versatile quarterback was also reportedly interested in the Wisconsin Badgers, and about a dozen schools including multiple SEC teams are believed to have contacted him upon learning of his Wolfpack release. 

Wilson has 8,545 career passing yards, with a 76-to-26 touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio, plus he's rushed for 1,089 yards.

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Russell Wilson Reportedly Showing Interest In Wisconsin

Russell Wilson has been released from his scholarship at North Carolina State, and he is currently looking for a new school with which to get under center. There have been some reports that he has drawn interest from SEC schools, but according to Chip Patterson at CBS Sports, Wilson might have his eyes on somewhere further West. Wilson is reportedly showing interest in Wisconsin.

School officials cannot comment on the issue because Wilson is currently considered an unsigned recruit by the NCAA, but Wilson's arrival would be the perfect answer for a quarterback position lacking experience (and a starter fans can get excited about) at this point. Jon Budamyr is currently the Badgers' starting quarterback, but the redshirt sophomore only has played in three games and did not blow anyone away with his performance this spring.

Wilson would have to enroll in a graduate program at whatever school he joins, but he would still have one year of eligibility left. No one questions his ability, and he could really help any team he decides to join.

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Russell Wilson Transfer Sought By Multiple SEC Schools, According To Report

Russell Wilson, perhaps the best player in the ACC* last year, was released from his N.C. State Wolfpack scholarship Friday by coach Tom O'Brien. The issues at stake, depending on who you believe: Wilson's commitment to football with a professional baseball future available, or O'Brien's early and apparent zeroing-in on Mike Glennon as the 2011 Pack starting QB.

Since Wilson has already graduated, he wouldn't have to sit out a season.

ESPN's Joe Schad reports "multiple unidentified SEC schools" have inquired with Wilson about obtaining his football services. The LSU Tigers, Auburn Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks would be the most logical interested parties, though any school without a very clear No. 1 QB would have to consider bringing on the productive senior.

* - Tyrod Taylor, Da'Quan Bowers and Anthony Castonzo would certainly be in the argument, but I think Wilson did more with less around him than just about any player in the nation.

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