This weekend, Big Ten football will kick off its most unusual season ever. Emotions are mixed, from excitement for sports to resume to sadness at being unable to attend in person — and, of course, concern for the health and wellbeing of the players. What safety protocols are in place to protect student athletes? What will it be like for them to play in a nearly empty stadium? How do sports contribute to social morale during difficult times?

Join fellow UW alumni and friends online as we talk with two key sports figures about the logistics of starting a football season amid a pandemic. The talk will be moderated by Mike Knetter, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association.

Chris McIntosh ’04, MS’19 is the deputy athletic director at UW–Madison. He was a consensus All-America offensive tackle and Outland Trophy finalist for the Badgers in 1999. He captained Wisconsin’s back-to-back Big Ten and Rose Bowl champions in 1998 and 1999 and started 50 straight games during his college career. He was a first-round draft choice of the Seattle Seahawks in 2000 and played in Seattle for three seasons.


Matt Lepay has been known as the radio voice for Badger men’s basketball since 1988 and Badger football since 1994. He also hosts the weekly Badger Sports Report show. He’s a seven-time winner of the Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year Award and an inductee in the Madison Hall of Fame Club.


A recording of this livestream will be available on uwalumni.com after the event.

Speakers and schedule are subject to change.

This event is hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®.