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Barry Alvarez will coach Wisconsin in Rose Bowl

Barry Alvarez AP

Bret Bielema shocked many when it was announced yesterday that he would be leaving Wisconsin to become the head coach at Arkansas. ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reported at the time that Bielema wanted to coach the Badgers in their third consecutive Rose Bowl.

However, all signs point to Bielema’s former boss and coaching predecessor, Barry Alvarez, leading Wisconsin against Stanford. The Wisconsin State-Journal reports that “the team’s captains reached out to Alvarez and asked him to coach the team against Stanford on Jan. 1. Alvarez told them he would be “honored” to do so.”

Alvarez, Wisconsin’s athletic director announced his intention on Thursday. Bielema said Wednesday when he was introduced as the Razorbacks’ new coach that he believed Alvarez would coach the game.

They might finally win one,” Bielema joked. Bielema is 0-2 in the Rose Bowl.

Alvarez has a 3-0 record in the Rose Bowl, twice beating UCLA in 1994 and ’99, and defeating Stanford the following year.

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14 Responses to “Barry Alvarez will coach Wisconsin in Rose Bowl”
  1. virusgvr says: Dec 5, 2012 11:27 PM

    Bielema is starting out to sound like a real doucher as he rides outta town!

  2. brewcrewfan54 says: Dec 6, 2012 12:04 AM

    Who the hell else would? It sure as hell shouldn’t be Bielema. Brent had a nice tenure here but for him to think they’d let him stick around to coach the bowl game is absolutely laughable.

  3. twelvesbelt says: Dec 6, 2012 12:42 AM

    Why B-ret left 1.) Straight cash homie. 2.) He knew he’d never be more beloved than Barry. He was right.

  4. twelvesbelt says: Dec 6, 2012 12:48 AM

    Check out that sweet picture of Barry. Lookin’ like the Don of Wisconsin that he is. Teach ’em how to Bucky, Barry.

  5. rsmeans says: Dec 6, 2012 7:39 AM

    Bielema is a smart man and can see the writing on the wall for the now totally irrelevant Big10. The Big 10 can now only compete well in female sports. Best they disband football and let real men play that game.

  6. florida727 says: Dec 6, 2012 8:56 AM

    I’m not a Wisconsin or Big10 fan but (no disrespect to Stanford) I’d like to see Barry coach them to an upset win in the Rose Bowl. It would be a great ‘feel good’ story. It would also take at least some of the sting out of losing their coach. In truth, Alvarez might not do a lot of “actual” coaching; it’ll largely be his assistants and mostly the OC and DC running the show, but it’ll be good to see him on the sidelines once more for Wisconsin fans who obviously hold him in high regard… as they should. Good luck Wisconsin fans.

  7. bigbuckeye76 says: Dec 6, 2012 9:08 AM

    What a tool Bret is… Says he doesn’t want the B1G to turn into the SEC, rips on Urbans recruiting tactics and now bolts for the SEC…

  8. bigbuckeye76 says: Dec 6, 2012 9:11 AM

    I hope Barry does it, Wisky wins and he decides to roam the sidelines in Mad town again.

  9. polegojim says: Dec 6, 2012 9:42 AM

    What kind of guy can’t wait until AFTER the bowl game to announce?

    Is Arkansas THAT low?

    Poor character and display by both.

    Sooooeeee Pig snot.

  10. kdbroom says: Dec 6, 2012 10:22 AM


    You have to consider perspectives.

    Wisconsin apparently didn’t want him to hang around and coach in the bowl game since he’s leaving for the Arkansas job.

    Arkansas is just looking out for their own interests. Waiting for an entire month for him to coach the bowl game for Wisconsin is a very low priority when compared to the need for him to assemble a staff and get them out on the recruiting trail. The Bamas, LSUs, and Floridas are not going to sit by idly. They’re advancing, and the longer Arkansas waits, the harder it will be to catch back up.

    So, would it make any sense to keep it quiet that you’re changing jobs….just to coach for a school that no longer wants you to coach for them?

  11. canesgiants says: Dec 6, 2012 10:42 AM

    What kind of guy can’t wait until AFTER the bowl game to announce?

    Is Arkansas THAT low?

    Poor character and display by both.

    Sooooeeee Pig snot.

    a school thats worried about recruiting and doesnt want to wait until january to announce a new coach while every other school tells those recruits they have no coach etc etc

    its called business–have u not been watching the landscape of college football in terms of coaches the last 10 years

  12. muskyhunter2542 says: Dec 6, 2012 12:19 PM

    Listening to BA’s press conference a couple of things come to mind:

    Arkansas did not follow protocol and get permission to talk to BB.
    Information that BB had taken the Arkansas job leaked back to UW before it was officially announced. The players found out first through the media that their coach was leaving and not from their head coach.
    If you remember, back round 1970, Bobby Knight was the head coach at Army and had interviewed for and accepted the UW basketball HC position. Info leaked back to Army that Knight had taken the UW job before it was officially announced. The end result was the he called UW and because the info was leaked, turned down the job.
    Like Knight or not, he has integrity.
    This seems to be what both the the University of Arkansas and BB lack.

  13. hoggette says: Dec 6, 2012 12:26 PM

    What’s to rationalize. Needed coach got coach. Instead, lets talk about how Bielema’s taking less dollars than he could have to pay top dollar for assistants. Something Alvarez wouldn’t or couldn’t do at Wisconsin. That’s the main reason he left. When are you knowledgable people going to report stated facts.

  14. mgmac says: Dec 6, 2012 2:35 PM

    for those of you that may have forgotten, please recall how arkansas got pigtrino. they signed him while he was still coach of the Atlanta Falcons. arkansas is a cesspool

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