Mike Lucas has more than 38 years under his belt covering Badgers sports for the Madison Capitol Times. Along with national, regional and local writing awards, Lucas has been twice named the Sportswriter of the Year in Wisconsin. He also has more than 15 years as color analyst on Wisconsin Radio Network for Badger football and basketball. You can see Mike hosts his weekly television show, Sidelines on WISC TV (Ch.3-Ch.14). Lucas has authored five books: Barry's Badgers, the chronicleof the 1993 Rose Bowl Season; Five Golden Rings; the Saga of Wisconsin Hockey; The 25 Greatest Moments in Camp Randall History; Don't Flinch, the Barry Alvarez autobiography; and Another Hill to Climb, the Bo Ryan autobiography.
Matt Lepay is a native of Dayton, Ohio and is a graduate of Ohio State University (degree in journalism). He is the radio voice of Wisconsin Badgers Football and Basketball(football since 1994 and basketball since 1988-89) and a five-time Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year (as selected by state media members). You may have seen him on TV as the host of the Badgers Sports Report with UW coaches Bret Bielema and Bo Ryan. He also co-hosts Badgers Sportstalk radio shows with Mike Lucas.
UW Track and Field Coach, ED Nuttycombe, retired after 30 years on Monday. He was named Big Ten Coach of the year 22 times, he won 26 Big Ten Championships, and is the Big Ten’s
winningest coach, across all sports. Thursday morning, he joined Lucas and Lepay to look back on his career.
Nuttycombe on the response he received after he announced his retirement:
The first reaction was surprise and shock. Then when they got over that, it’s been incredible.
You know it’s one thing to be congratulated for the accolades that you spoke about earlier, this and that trophies, and awards, but I think the things that been the most unbelievable to me is the stuff that comes in about how you affect their lives and things you did that sometimes you don’t even know you’re doing and how much they thank you. That has been incredible. I didn’t expect that.
Nuttycombe on when retirement started to cross his mind:
I think when you get to this point in your career you get to a certain point where it at least enters your thinking process. I’d say over the last year, year and a half it’s been, “Do we go one more year, two more, three more years? At what point is enough enough?” We had a great year, it was fun. Then you start to realize there is never is a good point. You don’t
meet a certain point where there’s no athletes you want to work with or none coming in. It just comes to a point where [you think] what’s going to change a year from now? It’s going to be the same thing and the year after that it’s going to be the same thing again. It
just seemed right.
Nuttycombe on what he’s going to miss most:
There’s probably meetings and paperwork I won’t miss for even a nanosecond. The best part of the day is always going down to the track and working with the athletes. There’s no
question I’ll miss that. The good thing is, if things work out, I’m hoping to continue to do it. It will just be a little less demanding and a little less structure, meaning I won’t have to be there every day. I think [for] all coaches, that’s the part of the day they work for and the love the most.