While Bret Bielema may soon find out that the grass is not always greener, the Wisconsin Badgers will get a familiar face to coach them for their Rose Bowl game against the Stanford Cardinal. Following Bielema’s departure, as their former head coach has agreed to take the same position with the Arkansas Razorbacks, the Badgers turned to another former head coach and current Athletic Director, Barry Alvarez, to coach the team on January 1.
This is not a full time return to coaching for Alvarez. It is a one day special. Alvarez will let many of the Badgers’ current assistants prepare the team for the Rose Bowl, as he takes on more of a supervisor role going into the planning for this big game. After the Rose Bowl – win or loss – Alvarez will resume his full time duties as A.D. while the Badgers seek out a new head coach.