(MADISON, Wis.) — Former Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez is coming out of his athletic director’s position to coach Wisconsin when they play No. 8 Stanford in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.
Alvarez made the announcement just two days after former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema left for Arkansas.
“I’m very excited about coming back,” Alvarez said. “This will be a one-game — I’m not looking to do it any longer than one game.”
Alvarez is 3-0 in Rose Bowl games during his 16 seasons of coaching the Badgers and has a record of 118-73-4 overall. He said he decided to come back after the team’s seniors asked him.
“I told him I would be honored to coach them,” Alvarez said. “I wanted them to understand, if I was going to coach them, we weren’t going to screw around, we were going to go out there to win.”
Alvarez admitted he was shocked by Bielema leaving and has some coaches in mind, but would not rush to fill the position.
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