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Badger football transfer will pursue master’s work with Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

August 15, 2019

The Wisconsin State Journal recently posted an article about Travis Wiltjer, who will be playing football this year for the Badgers as a graduate student transfer.

Wiltjer, the article notes, will be pursuing master’s degree work with UW–Madison’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

The report explains how Wiltjer thought his college football career was over after graduating in three years from Division II Northwood University. Although he briefly considered playing one final year at a different university, he also felt more ready than ever to start a career.

Travis Wiltjer
The State Journal explains: “After working at Northern Reflections Construction in Traverse City, Mich., he planned to join his boss, Ted Moore, in starting a contracting company in Florida. The two even flew south in March to market the new business and get a feel for the area. On the way home, however, waiting out a long layover at a Chili's inside O'Hare Airport, University of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez took a seat at the bar next to the pair, ready to take in some NCAA Tournament action while waiting on his own flight.”

"Just by chance, Coach Alvarez sat down next to me and we started talking," Wiltjer tells the State Journal. "Coach was wearing one of his bowl rings and my boss pointed it out. He was talking about Bo Schembechler and all the cool stories."

The State Journal notes that Alvarez encouraged Wiltjer to send some of his game film for the Badgers’ coaches to look at. They liked what they saw and Wiltjer showed up in Madison three months later, ready for summer conditioning as UW's latest graduate transfer. He is eligible to play immediately.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker tells the State Journal he’s excited about his new challenge.

In studying with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, Wiltjer tells the State Journal he could take a career path that makes him a future athletic director or superintendent.

Check out the full State Journal report via this madison.com web page.

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