Once Bret Bielema bailed on Wisconsin, there was a lot of speculation about who could coach the team in the Rose Bowl. It appears that speculation is over as it looks like Barry Alvarez, who is currently the athletic director, will patrol the sidelines during the game.
BREAKING NEWS: Barry Alvarez to coach #Badgers in #RoseBowl. Source tells @tommulhernwsj that seniors requested it.
— Adam Mertz (@AdamMertzWSJ) December 5, 2012
This is does not come as much of a shock. Once it was clear they would need someone to step in, a lot of people started to point the finger at Alvarez and for good reason. The man can flat out coach in Pasadena. He holds a 3-0 record in Rose Bowls, which is fairly decent. He might not be responsible for most of the calls on game day but having him on the sideline will be nice to see.
Right now, I expect that he is working hard on getting a new coach lined up for the team. However, he is clearly the best choice to coach the team in the bowl game. Let the coordinators do their thing but having a guy with a resume like Alvarez on the sidelines simply can’t hurt. He won’t have much of an impact on the game, but that does not matter at this stage.
It is always fun to see coaching legends come back on to the sidelines so I am hoping Wisky can pull out the win. If Alvarez gets to 4-0, that would be a great accomplishment.