“Whatever comes next for me, I mainly just want to make Wisconsin proud,” Cichy wrote. “I want to be the next guy people point to as someone who came to Madison as an unknown, worked his tail off and then became a mainstay in the NFL. I want to be like Jim Leonhard and J.J. [Watt] and so many other guys who came here with a far-fetched dream and then … achieved greatness. I want to uphold that legacy.”

For the next four months, under FBI surveillance, the men engineered the payment to Bowen’s father while plotting how to route money to another Louisville recruit. Brad Augustine, an Adidas-sponsored AAU program director, predicted in one meeting that Pitino would be instrumental because “no one swings a bigger d— at Adidas than” him. Neither Pitino nor any other head coach or university is named in the FBI affidavit, but ABC News has identified Pitino as the one referred to as “Coach-2.”

After Bowen committed to Louisville, Pitino told Terry Meiners of News Radio 840: “We got lucky on this one. … We spent zero dollars recruiting a five-star athlete who I loved when I saw him play. In my 40 years of coaching, this is the luckiest I’ve been.”

Darren McFadden is done in Dallas.

The Cowboys on Sunday waived the veteran running back “based on mutual discussions” in recent days, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported, citing unidentified league sources.

McFadden was a healthy scratch in the team’s last two games after being inactive for the first eight games of the season. He played just one snap in the Cowboys’ Week 9 loss to the Falcons, losing 2 yards on his lone carry of the season.

Once he clears waivers, McFadden is free to sign with another team and could find himself on a playoff squad in need of a healthy rusher.

McFadden, 30, has 85 total rushing yards the past two seasons after finishing fourth in the NFL with 1,089 rushing yards in his first year with the Cowboys in 2015.

Tom Brady already holds a bunch of important records. Here’s a completely esoteric one.
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