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Alvarez: contact disclosure will be part of next UW coach’s contract

Barry Alvarez, Bret Bielema AP

When it comes to “holy s—!” spins of the coaching carousel, Bret Bielema leaving Wisconsin for Arkansas ranks right at or near the top.

Most of those in and around the sport were stunned at the development.  Somewhat surprisingly, Bielema’s boss was amongst the stunned.  And, as a result, he’ll do his contractual damndest to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

In an interview on SiriusXM Radio, UW athletic director Barry Alvarez acknowledged again that Bielema told him last Tuesday that he had accepted the job as Arkansas’ next head football coach.  Bielema was officially introduced as Arkansas’ head coach later that day.

As it again turns out, noon last Tuesday served as the first time that Alvarez had heard of Bielema’s interest in and pursuit of another job.  As Alvarez continues his search for a successor, he will attempt to contractually ensure that such a blind-side to the UW football program doesn’t happen again.

Phillips: Is there anything you can do to set up with the new coach so this doesn’t happen again? That there’s an understanding if there is any contact made that it’s got to come through the university first and not just a decision and then inform you later?

Alvarez: We’ve discussed that already here as an item in the contract. Before discussion with any other program, that we have to be contacted.

Cohen: So meaning it’s a violation of the contract immediately?

Alvarez: Right.

One would think that common decency and respect — “Hey, boss, I’m looking at other options” — would be understood instead of having to be part of some type of contractual agreement.  Thanks to the Bielemas of the coaching world, respect will continue to be an endangered species.

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46 Responses to “Alvarez: contact disclosure will be part of next UW coach’s contract”
  1. rsmeans says: Dec 10, 2012 8:24 AM

    With egotistical Alvarez as an AD why would anyone want to coach at Wisconsin. This guy thinks he is God. No wonder Bielema left.

  2. cubano76 says: Dec 10, 2012 9:09 AM

    @ rsmeans

    Excellent point. Now I don’t know if he’s egotistical, but given the fact that he’s a College Football HC, I’m going to have to lean your way on this one. It would be tough on me as well if my boss was a former slacker who spends the first hour of work on College Football Talk, AND then has that damn smirk of his everytime he walks into the room. Like “You had a nice post this morning, BUT my posts are always going to be better!”

    Jackass! Hate that guy……

  3. harv44 says: Dec 10, 2012 9:23 AM

    hire the sweater vest.

  4. beedubyatoo says: Dec 10, 2012 9:24 AM

    It’s also protocal for the AD at the school contacting a coach under contract, to ask permission from his boss to speak to him about an opening.

    Then again, it IS Arkansas and the SEC.

  5. drummerhoff says: Dec 10, 2012 9:41 AM

    Who coached at Wisconsin before Alvarez?

  6. ducksk says: Dec 10, 2012 9:42 AM

    Sooooheeee glad Bert Enima is gone. Couldn’t win big games. That sooheee thing is got to be the most stupidest thing I have ever seen. Maybe Bret has a close cousin down there he wants to marry.

  7. fanofevilempire says: Dec 10, 2012 9:48 AM

    is Wisconsin that BIG a job…………
    decency and respect works both ways, like when they fire the coach………………

  8. mogogo1 says: Dec 10, 2012 10:10 AM

    The way to keep a coach from bolting early is to actually hold them to the contract they signed. You put in a huge penalty for leaving early and suddenly the grass isn’t nearly as green on the other side. You would think that would be the standard across the board, instead no school does it, which is why guys leave whenever they feel like it.

  9. 10kmp says: Dec 10, 2012 11:25 AM

    Not a Badger fan at all…. but Bielema is a piece of dirt, and for anyone who paid attention to his career at wisconsin that statement would not be the least bit surprising. No integrity, no sportsmanship, and quite obviously no loyalty. I’m not against coaches moving around at all, but the sneaky, slimy and cowardly way that this guy changed jobs is just wrong IMO.

  10. immafubared says: Dec 10, 2012 11:31 AM

    I can tell you right now legally he’s got nothing to stand on. Its like your employer telling you that before you accept another job, you have to let them know.
    What part of “hey I’m leaving” doesn’t he get.

    One of the problems with this, and its not Bulemia’s fault, its that time of year to be recruiting. It has to be a fast process to get on the bus and get out there and recruit. You can’t wait several weeks for the bowl games to end.

    Personally, he did Wisconsin a favor. I don’t like a guy who goes out and recruits seniors with 1 year eligibility (Wilson) to come in and take over. You’ve got kids on that team who were loyal and ready for the bid time and you pust them aside for someone else? In other words, screw the kids its all about me and winning.

  11. greej1938l says: Dec 10, 2012 11:51 AM

    Barry Alvarez is god.

  12. jlinatl says: Dec 10, 2012 11:53 AM

    I don’t like what he did.

    But realistically, I wouldn’t tell my boss if I was looking at other options either. I agree that the contracts need to have strong financial penalties for leaving.

    The schools may be afraid to be first to do it… that some candidates might not be willing to interview. If it is legal, the conference should mandate it. It would however make it more difficult for non top tier schools to get good candidates to apply.

  13. thraiderskin says: Dec 10, 2012 12:49 PM

    This story is really about integrity, Bielema had, almost limitless, support from Alvarez. Almost everyone in Wisconsin (fans of the Badgers or not) took issue with Bielema’s decision making. This was not the first time his exit has been discussed in this state, but Barry always backed him (bielema) up and always stood by the man’s w/l record. Ego is not why Alvarez feels blind-sided, lack of integrity by his friend is why Alvarez feels blind-sided.

  14. normtide says: Dec 10, 2012 1:20 PM

    The fact is, a coach would rather be in the SEC then go to the rose bowl.

  15. ray1950 says: Dec 10, 2012 1:47 PM

    “Thanks to the Bielemas of the coaching world, respect will continue to be an endangered species.”

    How many coaches recruit players every year, only to leave those kids high and dry within a year or two when the coach runs off to another school for more money or a better conference?

    I don’t care if the coach notifies his AD or not, the point is any coach who makes a commitment to a group of athletes and then ignores his contract and bolts town isn’t too high on the respect chart.

  16. thefiesty1 says: Dec 10, 2012 1:49 PM

    Are they going to also state in the contract that the school will notify the NCAA 10 days before firing a coach? I don’t think so. They need to get over themselves.

  17. eidolon21 says: Dec 10, 2012 2:00 PM

    thats just the way it is. Big money controls college football starting with the NCAA. The NCAA makes decisions based on money not what is right or wrong. They don’t even follow their own rules. Emmert is a liar and a hypocrite

  18. packerbadger says: Dec 10, 2012 2:51 PM

    Both Alvarez and Bielema are huge egotistical jackazzes. You people do realize that for the most part, Wisconsin fans are happy Bielema’s gone….what they don’t like is the way it happened. It just reinforced what they already knew about him.

  19. ajarkoski says: Dec 10, 2012 3:07 PM

    The point is the coaches have had the upper hand for far too long and it is time a university gets this under control. They need to be held to the contract they sign. This is like players who have to be released from a contract to sign another.

    I cannot believe there are so many bleeding heart coach lovers out there. If the school wants to get rid of them, the coach has to be compensated before they agree to go. However, these coaches break contracts like they are nothing. It is unethical and plain wrong! Since coaches are not to be trusted about their intentions, they need to be held liable to honor a contract. It is the common basis for many things done in this country.

    They are like thieves in the night and under the cover of darkness making covert deals. What kind of example are they showing to their players? Alverez says Loyalty matters. Appropriateness matters. Your word matters.

  20. florida727 says: Dec 10, 2012 3:17 PM

    Truthfully, I’m surprised that it took until now for Alvarez to think about incorporating something like this into a coach’s contract. Is he really that naive to think a coach isn’t going to look to improve his income and/or hierarchy in coaching circles? You can argue the merits of “coaching in the SEC” all you want, or whether or not Wisconsin is a stepping stone v. a destination, but anyone that thinks ALL coaches are destined to stay at one school as long as Paterno did, or Woody Hayes did, (the list of examples is endless, John Wooden in basketball, etc.) is delusional. Besides, isn’t the old mantra “coaches get hired to be fired”? Why would an AD think the inverse isn’t also true?

  21. beedubyatoo says: Dec 10, 2012 4:36 PM

    How many coaches recruit players every year, only to leave those kids high and dry within a year or two when the coach runs off to another school for more money or a better conference?
    See Sabin, Nick. Multiple entries in Wikepedia on this very point.

  22. mvp43 says: Dec 10, 2012 5:19 PM

    Alvarez hand picked Bielema to be his successor, which is quite an honor in itself, considering where Bielema was prior to this. He trusted the entire program to him and I believe thought he would be there for many years to come.

    So, this is how Bielema pays him back?… by taking another job without even consulting Alvarez? what a unprofessional thing to do, not to mention a slimy.

  23. the1bigbird says: Dec 10, 2012 5:53 PM

    Funny to hear folks from Wisconsin talking about marrying cousins. Every homo serial killer that also happens to be a canibal is from Wisconsin, Ed Gienn, Jeffrey Dalhmer. If I were Wisconsin I would keep quiet about human oddity

  24. wlubake says: Dec 10, 2012 7:31 PM

    What incentive can you put in the coach’s contract? If you charge him a $1,000,000 fee for leaving, Arkansas will just foot the bill. It is like these schools jumping conferences. If the money makes sense, they’re gone no matter what.

    I’d bet Bielema asked for more money to pay his assistants and Alvarez said no. Once you shoot down something like that, you are on notice that your coach may not be thrilled with his current job.

  25. ducksk says: Dec 10, 2012 7:42 PM

    Is that you Jerry lee Lewis? Sooheee. Reminds me of the Ned Beatty scene in deliverance.

  26. normtide says: Dec 10, 2012 7:46 PM

    Yep, all that, and they straight took your coach. What does that make UW?

  27. ducksk says: Dec 10, 2012 8:02 PM

    Makes me happy, soohee. Got a trailer u can rent him?

  28. cabby782 says: Dec 10, 2012 8:05 PM

    Jeffery Dahmer was actually from Ohio.

  29. cabby782 says: Dec 10, 2012 8:07 PM

    They took our coach now we can get a good one. Beilema was the worst game coach I have ever watched bitch a close game.

  30. the1bigbird says: Dec 10, 2012 8:12 PM

    Dahlmer, Born in Ohio, learn to eat in Wisconsin. It is all Big Ten issues anyway. Need not bring up Penn State. Put down your rocks if you live in a glass house with little boys.

  31. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 10, 2012 8:28 PM

    I know to SEC folks, Bielema looks like a good hire. But look back at his losses. He didnt lose because of talent he lost close games (not all but most) by being out coached and calling time outs when he shouldn’t. If you settle for mediocrity then Bielema is the coach for you. If your all for a down year or two and then really compete at a high level then Bielema is not your guy.

  32. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 10, 2012 8:30 PM

    The thing I really wonder is why the SEC dogs the big ten so much and then those same fans are saying Bielema is a good hire? A bit contradictory isn’t it?

  33. ducksk says: Dec 10, 2012 8:34 PM

    Petrino was a great hire for you. Why don’t you get outcher deer rifle and go vetch some viddles for your new coach. He’s a meat head. The last blogger was right on, was way out coached in big games, always. He is of simple mind, perfect for you. He’s a goona have to loose a few teeth to really be one of you. Good riddens he’s gone. Sooooheee

  34. normtide says: Dec 10, 2012 8:37 PM

    Not saying he is a good hire. Just laughing at Wisconsin thinking it is relevant

  35. burgandy2260 says: Dec 10, 2012 8:52 PM

    Pretty solid position available here. Maybe somebody with years of Big 10 experience and a history of winning would be the perfect fit. Now if the team seamstress could just start cutting the sleeves off of all those sweaters and hanging them in Alvarez’s office he may get the picture!

  36. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 10, 2012 8:57 PM

    Here is food for thought. Look at bowl wins/games/record from 93-Alvarez’ last year as Wisconsin coach. You can’t say Bama had a better program then, then Wisconsin did. Just goes to show there is ups and downs. Wisconsin isn’t a solid job with potential to compete every year at a high level. Bielema was just dragging them down.

  37. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 10, 2012 8:59 PM

    My bad I meant is a solid job. Bielema was dead weight.

  38. normtide says: Dec 10, 2012 9:03 PM

    Bama won the national title in 92, in fact they was much better than uw, when Stallings was coach. Barry was a decent coach, but before Brett, you had one 11 win season. In fact Barry as an AD had way to heavy of a hand.

  39. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 10, 2012 9:54 PM

    Pretty sure I said from 93 on. I was trying to stack the deck. C’Mon Man!

  40. normtide says: Dec 10, 2012 9:56 PM

    Lol. Ok, there was times. Sorry, that’s about as far as I can go.

  41. mvp43 says: Dec 10, 2012 10:11 PM

    Bielema looks like a good hire from the outside but I guarantee after 2 years Arkansas fans will be sctatching their heads.

  42. djstat says: Dec 10, 2012 11:30 PM

    Why is this a big deal? Millions of Americans look for better jobs/ situations daily and most don’t clue in their boss until its time to let them know they are an ex boss

  43. kappy32 says: Dec 11, 2012 1:00 AM

    Bilema displayed some real scumbaggery the way he handled his departure. He went a step further to douchbaggery when he took a shot at UW for their handling of his assistants & their pay. He could’ve & should’ve kept that to himself.

  44. normtide says: Dec 11, 2012 8:13 AM

    Kept it to himself? The whole country knows UW doesn’t have the money to pay assistants. There is no secrets. Wisconsin fans are mad because he went to the SEC. Nothing her could have done was going to ease the ass pain they are feeling. After hearing how the rose bowl is bigger then the bcs title game, seeing a coach skip it for the 7th or 8th best sec job makes me laugh. That’s what this is, another slap in the face to the b1g. Adding rutgers and Maryland shows you no longer want to be competitive.

  45. boscoesworld says: Dec 14, 2012 5:07 PM

    Bielema was just tired of a school that actually wanted his players to ATTEND class!!

  46. gloxford says: Dec 16, 2012 9:12 PM

    put yourself in BB’ s shoes. if your employed and someone approaches you and offers you a 30% pay increase what would make you think you had an obligation to give your current employer more than a standard see us later? I say you would owe them Jack…I seems to me if someone is offering you more money then your current employer was under paying you.

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