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Wisconsin Badgers Smart to Extend Athletic Director Barry Alvarez’s Contract

Wisconsin Badgers Smart to Extend Athletic Director Barry Alvarez’s Contract

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The Wisconsin Badgers have elected to give former football head coach and current athletic director Barry Alvarez a five-year contract extension with a raise in pay. There is no question this was a smart move for the university, as Alvarez is the face of the Badgers.

At the age of 66, Alvarez’s contract will be up when he turns 71. However, if the Badgers have as much success as everyone expects them to over the next few years, expect Alvarez to remain around well into his 70s.

“I’ll keep going as long as I keep enjoying it and as long as they want me here,” Alvarez told the Wisconsin State Journal.

Alvarez compiled a .617 regular season winning percentage and went 8-4 in bowl games in 16 seasons as the head coach of Wisconsin. His bowl record includes this past season when he led the Badgers in the Rose Bowl after Bret Bielema’s terribly timed departure. Wisconsin lost their third consecutive Rose Bowl appearance by six points to Stanford Cardinal.

There is no question Alvarez is thrilled about the opportunity to keep doing what he loves, while also being a part of one of the best programs in college football. “I enjoy what I do. I like the people I work with. I like the job,” Alvarez said.

I am confident that one of the main reasons Alvarez will continue enjoying his job for years to come is because of the nice $25,000 pay raise. His overall salary for the upcoming year is valued at $1.050 million, which makes him one of the top paid athletic directors in college sports.

Michael Terrill is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelTerrill, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.