The Wisconsin Badgers are headed to their third straight Rose Bowl, but have lost their head coach in Bret Bielema to the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Badgers will have former coach and athletic director Barry Alvarez on the sidelines on New Year’s Day but if Alvarez wants to go get another high-profile coach to take over the program, I’ve got a name for him. I think Alvarez should go get new North Carolina State Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren before he even coaches a game there.
Doeren is very familiar with the Badgers being their defensive coordinator before he took over the Northern Illinois Huskies and led them to this year’s Orange Bowl. Alvarez should have thought of this idea before Doeren decided to bolt for N.C. State, but better late than never. There are still players that will be on the Wisconsin roster in 2013 that remember Doeren since it has been only two years since Doeren left.
It sounds like a perfect match to have Doeren stay in the Midwest and in Wisconsin where he knows everything about the program. The biggest question to me though would be if Doeren would even consider this idea. Doeren is headed for a major pay raise going from NIU to N.C. State but does a shorter move to Madison sound like a much better idea for him? There is no doubt in my mind that Doeren has to think about this and should take the job if given the chance. It is best for him and the Wisconsin program.
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