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Alvarez considered coaching Wisconsin full-time again ‘for about a day’

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Among the more surprising coaching hires over the past couple of weeks has been Bret Bielema‘s move from Wisconsin to Arkansas just days after the Badgers won their second consecutive Big Ten conference championship. Although athletic director and former UW coach Barry Alvarez decided he would serve as interim coach for the program’s third straight Rose Bowl, the search for a more permanent coach is ongoing.

So far, that search has reportedly included Oregon State’s Mike Riley, Miami’s Al Golden and NFL assistant Mel Tucker — all of whom have downplayed interest in the job. Interestingly enough, Alvarez himself followed a similar path. Speaking with reporters after a Sunday practice, Alvarez admitted he was also interested in returning to the sidelines as the Badgers’ coach. Before he wasn’t, that is.

You can point to the likes of Chris Ault at Nevada and Bill Snyder at Kansas State as coaches to come back to a school for another successful tenure, but Alvarez has the title of AD as well so it’s not likely he would come back as a coach as well. Either way, Wisconsin still has options to land a good replacement for Bielema.

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5 Responses to “Alvarez considered coaching Wisconsin full-time again ‘for about a day’”
  1. pdmjr says: Dec 17, 2012 8:00 AM

    Barry Alvarez is one of the best people in all of sports. The pride of Burgettstown PA

  2. djeg07 says: Dec 17, 2012 9:32 AM

    dont seem like many retreads are in his sights, glenn mason, tressel, one of hte bowden boys?

  3. seamus0317 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:46 PM

    If you take Tressel doesn’t he have to sit out several games?

  4. mrslay1 says: Dec 17, 2012 11:11 PM

    I think Alvarez should come back for one year to stabilize the program and get a good coach next year when the market is good.

  5. whitdog23 says: Dec 18, 2012 10:13 AM

    when the market is good?? beilema was the first domino to tip this off-season. how will it be any better next year for Wisconsin

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