Madison (WQOW) -- Barry Alvarez says he's not getting back into coaching full-time, but he will be on the sidelines coaching the Badgers in their Rose Bowl matchup with Stanford.
Alvarez makes the announcement at a news conference Thursday morning in Madison, just one day after former Badgers head coach Bret Bielema was introduced as the new head coach at Arkansas.
Bielema told the Badgers players of his decision Tuesday evening. Later that night, Wisconsin captains Mike Taylor and Curt Phillips reached out to Alvarez about the possibility of the athletic director returning to the sidelines for their bowl game.
"The captains and the leaders of the team discussed the fact that they would like me to coach them in the Rose Bowl," Alvarez says, "I told him [Taylor] I would be honored to coach them, and I wanted them to understand, if I were going to coach, we weren't going to screw around. We were going to go out there to win... At that point, I called my wife, and she was thrilled to get me out of the house, I think."
"I think it's the best thing that could have happened," says Taylor, a senior linebacker from Ashwaubenon, "he's familiar obviously with what we do and he's the one that built this program and he's the reason why players like me come here."
think it gives us a better chance to win the Rose Bowl. Obviously he knows the formula for success there. And this would have been business as usual for us if this hadn't happened. But it gives guys a chance to really rally around him and to have something even extra to play for."
Alvarez says while he'll oversee the preparations for the Rose Bowl, he'll also be spending time on a coaching search.
"I'm not in a big rush," says Alvarez, "I've reached out to some people. I've talked to some people. I will start interviewing face to face with some prospective coaches next week. But I will move through the process."
"There's been a lot of interest shown in the position because it's a great job. It's on solid footing, new facilities, and a very good nucleus coming back. But there have been a lot of people that have contacted me with interest in it."
Alvarez says former Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst will stay at the University of Pittsburgh. According to Alvarez, it wouldn't be right for Chryst to leave after one season at Pitt.
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