There is no greater authority on UW athletics than former Sports Information Director Jim Mott. His association with the sports information office began as a student assistant in 1953. He was named assistant SID a year later and was appointed director in 1966, a position he held until his retirement in 1990.
He is a past president of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and is a member of that organization's Hall of Fame. Mott was also inducted into the National W Club's Hall of Fame in '95.
Mott's memory is legendary among athletic department staffers. When the question of previous home night games was being tossed around the sports information office in anticipation of a 1995 contest against Colorado, Mott noted that the UW had two previous home night games in its history. Obvious was the 1986 battle with Michigan. Mott also recalled the 1896 loss to the Carlisle Indians, including the date of the game, final score, and the fact that it was played in Chicago Coliseum. Mott, a former basketball letterman at the UW, has written a book on the history of Wisconsin athletics and is still a member of the school's football and basketball stat crews.