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Andersen releases statement on Paul Bunyan Axe post-game presentation

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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin football head coach Gary Andersen released the following statement Monday evening regarding the presentation of Paul Bunyan's Axe following the Minnesota-Wisconsin football game on Saturday:

“I would like to clarify our policy in regards to the post-game presentation of Paul Bunyan's Axe. The only change is that the Axe will not be staged in the bench area. Instead, it will be presented in the end zone, closest to the winning team's locker room. I support this policy that has been put in place by our administration and was put into action during our game with Nebraska. It is important for us to maintain the traditions of our trophy games while also doing what we feel is in the best interests of the student-athletes.”

This policy mirrors what was done during the Nebraska game with the Freedom Trophy. The Axe will be brought to the field late in the fourth quarter and staged near the goalpost of the winning team. The winning team will then be allowed to celebrate on the field with the Axe as has been the tradition.

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