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Monday, July 20, 2009
Wisconsin loses Goins, reportedly to play SJSU

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

A busy news day in the Big Ten continues at Wisconsin, which loses cornerback Mario Goins and reportedly picks up a nonconference game for 2010. 

Head coach Bret Bielema confirmed Goins' departure Monday, granting the sophomore an unconditional release. Goins started six games for the Badgers last season, recording 20 tackles and one pass breakup. He sat out spring practice because of academic struggles. 

Goins' departure leaves Wisconsin a little thin at cornerback. Only four players have game experience, including projected starters Aaron Henry and Niles Brinkley. Henry comes off an ACL injury that kept him sidelined for all of last season. 

Meanwhile, The Arizona Republic reports that San Jose State will play Wisconsin in 2010 after the Spartans dropped a game against Arizona State (a team that, coincidentally, also faces the Badgers in 2010). Bielema didn't confirm the addition of the San Jose State game, but Wisconsin's deep pockets for guarantee games reportedly sealed the deal. 

In June, San Jose State dropped Stanford in 2010 for a game at Alabama that reportedly will pay close to $1 million. Reports from Wisconsin are that San Jose State will play the Badgers instead of ASU for up to twice the $450,000 guarantee it had from ASU. 

InsideSparta.com reports that Wisconsin and San Jose State will play on Sept. 11, 2010, in Madison.

Though San Jose State is an improving program, the news probably won't excite Badgers fans, who want to see their team upgrade its nonconference schedule. The series with Arizona State should help, but Wisconsin hasn't played two non-league games against teams from BCS conferences in the same season since 2003 (West Virginia, North Carolina).