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.