Wisconsin Head Football Coach Paul Chryst accepts an award to the team from Clearwater's mayor during Beach Day
Tug-of-war competition at Beach Day, won by Wisconsin over Auburn
Sporting Badgers colors, fans cover up from the rain at Clearwater Beach and Beach Day for both Wisconsin and Auburn Tuesday
CLEARWATER BEACH, FL (QNI) - -
The Wisconsin Badgers are used to dealing with the weather back in Madison.
Same goes on the road down in Tampa, where a storm system spent much of the day pouring rain on the area. Nothing major, but enough though to force the team to move practice indoors to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, home of baseball's Tampa Bay Rays. During the off season, the facility is restructured to host football events.
The move delayed practice for a couple of hours as equipment was moved from the University of Tampa, where the team has been practicing since arriving in Florida. The Badgers also had to wait for Auburn to finish their practice.
A familiar face was with the team as they arrived in St. Petersburg-Ron Dayne, Wisconsin's Heisman Trophy winning running back. He spent time with Coach Barry Alvarez and talking to players during the first part of practice.
Melvin Gordon, who sat out Sunday's practice, seemed in good spirits during warm ups at the start of practice.
Also watching how the team went through its paces was new head coach Paul Chryst. He was there for the first part of practice before heading over to Beach Day, an annual Outback Bowl event in Clearwater Beach. There he spoke to a crowd of several hundred who shook off the rain for the festivities at Beach Day. While he joked about how he didn't do too much to get the team to the Outback Bowl, he did speak how the players view the Badger faithful. "You all need to know how much they truly appreciate your support and everything that you do."
Among the events going on at Beach Day was a pie eating contest and a tug-of-war competition between the Wisconsin and Auburn cheerleading squads. The Badgers shut out the Tigers 3-0 to claim their own trophy. Both the Auburn and Wisconsin bands performed several numbers for the crowd.
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