Wednesday reading: Wisconsin, Mercyhurst, UMass, Gadowsky

Oft-injured Wisconsin forward Jason Clark has left the program after a strong performance in the Islanders development camp.

The Badgers athletic department gave out more than $1 million in bonuses to coaches last season.

The Mercyhurst coach got an extension through the 2015-16 season.

New UMass coach John Micheletto, pictured, knows he has a tough task ahead. Here are more links with reactions from UMass players.

Former Tiger Guy Gadowsky is talking at a coaches conference later today. Here is an update on the Kitchener lawsuit against The Michigan Daily student newspaper.

The Florida brass are not concerned about Nick Bjugstad‘s development slowing by staying another season at Minnesota.

CC’s Owens gets contract extension

CC usually doesn’t release contract details so the length is unknown at this point.

From CC sports information …

Scott Owens, who has guided the No. 5-ranked Colorado College hockey team to seven NCAA playoff berths, three WCHA regular-season titles and a .616 winning percentage during his 13 seasons as head coach, will be sticking around for a while.

The school and Owens have agreed to a contract extension, director of athletics Ken Ralph announced today.

“We wanted to ensure our current players, and incoming recruits, that Scott Owens will be their coach at Colorado College,” said Ralph, noting that the private institution does not disclose terms of contracts. “Scott’s teams have posted the eighth best winning percentage in Division I hockey over the last 10 years and this contract rewards that performance.

“With our upcoming entry into the NCHC, we wanted to be sure to compensate our coach accordingly and give him the resources necessary to compete for conference and national championships.”

Owens’ teams have averaged better than 23 victories per season since he accepted the position in 1999. CC, 11-5 this campaign, has produced two Hobey Baker Award winners and 15 All-America selections during his tenure, as well as 17 WCHA Scholar-Athletes the last four years alone.

“I would like to thank Ken Ralph and President Tiefenthaler for the opportunity to continue guiding the Colorado College hockey program in the foreseeable future,” said Owens, whose 292 career victories at the CC helm exceeds the totals of his nearest predecessors by more than 100. “This is an exciting time for the Tiger program. I am honored, as well as proud, to be a part of it. Our staff enjoys working daily with the quality of student-athlete that we have, and we appreciate the outstanding support we receive from the school and administration.”