Rumors: Barry Alvarez to Coach Wisconsin in 2013

By Patrick Schmidt
Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez has already named himself as the coach for the Rose Bowl presented by Vizio, but after some of the top candidates for the vacant head coaching position have shown no interest, it’s time for Alvarez to name himself head coach for 2013.

Al Golden, Mike Riley and Mel Tucker have each drawn interest from Alvarez to be the successor to Bielema, but have said to have been flattered or have no interest in leaving their current job for the one in Madison.

The job shouldn’t even be open, but Bret Bielema quit on Badgers and left them in the lurch after he took the money from Arkansas after guiding the Badgers to a third consecutive Rose Bowl berth.

With the top candidates to replace Bielema not coming interested and a number of top coaching candidates already in new positions so the options are not that plentiful for Alvarez to choose from.

Therefore, Alvarez needs to hire the guy that once guided Wisconsin to three Big Ten titles and three Rose Bowl victories from 1990-2005 compiling a 118-73-4 record en route to being enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

Yes, Alvarez needs to hire himself.

He has great references and I’m sure the interview process would go smoothly as well.

Serving as the school’s athletic director and head coach could be a daunting task for the 65-year-old and in an ideal world would be able to name a head coach for 2013 and beyond in the next few days.

However, Alvarez could patrol the sidelines in 2013 while naming an assistant as a coach-in-waiting like he did for Bielema, which could be the perfect short and long-term solution for the Badgers.

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