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Badgers football: Kyle French says decision to leave UW program next year was mutual

2013-10-19T04:45:00Z Badgers football: Kyle French says decision to leave UW program next year was mutualTOM MULHERN | Wisconsin State Journal | tmulhern@madison.com | 608-252-6169 madison.com

University of Wisconsin redshirt junior kicker Kyle French, who is not returning to the program in 2014, tweeted on Friday morning it was a mutual decision.

French tweeted the following on his Twitter account: “Thanks for all the support. It was mutual agreement that is best for everyone. #OnWisconsin”

He posted on his Facebook page on Thursday night that the UW coaches asked him not to return next season.

French, from Menomonee Falls High School, spent most of the past two seasons as UW’s top field goal kicker.

But he lost the job last week after a 38-yard miss against Northwestern dropped him to 5-for-8 on the season. He is 18 of 29 (62.1 percent) for his career at UW.

Sophomore Jack Russell, from Waunakee, will handle most field goal duties tonight at Illinois. But UW coach Gary Andersen said on Thursday senior linebacker Chris Borland would likely take long kicks of around 45 yards.

Freshman Andrew Endicott will continue to handle kickoffs.

French came to UW as a walk-on in 2010. He has a double major in personal finance and economics.

According to a UW spokesman, French is on track to graduate in the spring with the finance degree. If he elects to also get the economics degree, he would need to return for more classes in the summer.

The Badgers are actively recruiting a kicker for the 2014 class.

Russell is 0-for-3 on field goal attempts for his career.

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(5) Comments

  1. nipstic
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    nipstic - October 22, 2013 7:07 pm
    So, to clarify, you're sick of fans showing a lack of support for players so your solution was to stop going and supporting the players? Makes sense.
  2. Acapitalidea
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    Acapitalidea - October 20, 2013 3:14 pm
    It is just a game and French gave it his best shot, but he probably shouldn't have been recruited at this level in the first place. I can't say I had much confidence in his ability to kick a field goal, but I have a feeling he would have won the game for the Badgers in the "Screwing in the Desert" game.
  3. FrmrBadgrFan
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    FrmrBadgrFan - October 19, 2013 8:48 pm
    Well said. This type of behavior should not be allowed by students or other "fans." Death threats are no joke, Those tweating them should be reprimanded.
  4. BobsYourUncle
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    BobsYourUncle - October 19, 2013 6:44 pm
    One of the reasons that my friends and I stopped tailgating and going to games was because of fans like the ones bombarding Mr. French with vitriol. It's a game, folks! Just a game. Best of luck to you, Mr. French!
  5. Cornelius Gotchberg
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    Cornelius Gotchberg - October 18, 2013 6:42 pm
    WKOW Channel 27 (ABC affiliate) local sports reported that French was getting pasted on social media, up to and including death threats.

    W_T_FREAKIN'_F?!?!!

    Good luck,young man!

    The Gotch
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