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Fans react to possibility of Coach Alvarez stepping in

Fans react to possibility of Coach Alvarez stepping in


MADISON (WKOW)-- Fans of Badger football definitely have their opinions about Coach Bielema leaving town. With word that Alvarez may be filling in for the bowl game, fans see a light at the end of the tunnel.

It's a busy night at the Kohl Center. The Marquette Women's Basketball team is in town and all eyes are glued to the hometown team. But their minds are elsewhere, thinking of the drama playing out on the other side of campus.

"Three Rose Bowls, his stock has never been higher. Might as well strike while the iron is hot," says Badger fan Mark Dayton.

While opinions on Coach Bielema range from happy to downright hostile, the opinions on his possible fill-in, the iconic father to Wisconsin football are much more positive.

"It's just his way of saying hey, you know what, I brought this program in. I'm going to keep taking it in the right direction. We'll get somebody in here that fits the mold for what I'm looking for," says lifelong fan Randy Scott

Even though it's been years since Barry Alvarez stepped down as head coach to become athletic director, fans are still confident in his ability to win a Rose Bowl game.

"I kind of had a feeling he would do that. Just of kind of step out and say alright, it's a little over a month, I can coach and keep the program going," Dayton says.

While some see it as a one-time thing, others are hoping he'll stick around.

"It will be interesting if he'll be wiling to step down as athletic director and come back as a head coach for the Badgers. I think that would be awesome," Jerry Gleisner says as he laughs with a few friends.

Come Thursday morning we'll know for sure, hearing from Alvarez himself. His ideas and intentions for keeping the program alive.

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