Former Wisconsin football coach and current athletics director Barry Alvarez will be sticking around to guide the Badgers’ athletic program a little while longer. The school announced on Wednesday the contract for Alvarez has been extended through January 2021.
Alvarez has been the athletics director in Madison since stepping down from his post as head football coach in 2004, although he has stepped back on the sideline to coach the Badgers as an interim coach twice since his retirement from coaching. The new contract was effective on September 1. Wisconsin athletics have enjoyed a solid run all around under his leadership. In addition to a Big Ten championship victory in football, the Badgers have ben a strong basketball program and continue to be a force in the world of hockey, which continues to improve as part of the new Big Ten hockey conference. Off the field, Wisconsin student-athletes have continued to represent the school well.
Things are looking up on the football field for the Badgers this season as well. Wisconsin just skyrocketed up the polls after knocking off LSU in Green Bay. The neutral site game was the third the Badgers have played in recent years under Alvarez’ leadership. The neutral site games tend to bring in a substantial amount of money to the schools playing in them, which is why Wisconsin’s involvement in game sin Arlington (vs. Alabama), Houston (vs. LSU) and this past weekend in Green Bay are sought by schools.
Alvarez has served as a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee each of the past two seasons.