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Report: Alvarez to coach Wisconsin in bowl

The Sports Xchange

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez will return to coaching in a bowl game for the second time in three years after Gary Andersen left to take the Oregon State job.

Alvarez will prepare the Badgers for their Jan. 1 Outback Bowl matchup against Auburn, ESPN reported Thursday.

Also a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee this year, Alvarez is no stranger to the sideline. He’s the winningest coch in school history with a 118-74-4 record in 16 seasons.

The 68-year-old Alvarez, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, also took over in 2012 and coached in the Rose Bowl after Bret Bielema left for Arkansas. The Badgers lost 20-14 to Stanford in Pasadena.

Andersen’s departure Wednesday was as surprising as Bielema’s two years ago. Anderson left with a 19-7 overall record in two seasons.

Alvarez led Wisconsin to a win over Auburn in the 2006 Capital One Bowl in his final game before becoming the school’s ful-time AD.