As hall of fame classes go, the group inducted into the 2009 Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame was considered among the most influential in the organization's history.
There was University of Wisconsin athletic director and former football coach Barry Alvarez; former Badgers basketball player and UW benefactor Ab Nicholas; former Green Bay Packers president and CEO Bob Harlan; former UW wrestler and three-time world champion Lee Kemp; former UW basketball coach and top-ranked pro tennis player John Powless; and Judith Sweet, a UW graduate who became the first female secretary-treasurer in NCAA history.
The event, held that November in Milwaukee, generated considerable excitement and left many wondering which major players with state ties would fill out the next hall of fame class in 2011.
But just as enthusiasm swelled, it fizzled out. A lack of funding and the lack of a group to oversee the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame caused it to go dormant. Four years later, a team calling itse...