Former Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez is returning to the Big Ten, except this time around he’ll have a completely different role.
On Thursday morning, Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren announced that Alvarez will join the conference as a special adviser for football. Alvarez is expected to help the Big Ten with several matters, including the upcoming expansion for the College Football Playoff.
This is a significant hire for the Big Ten, as Alvarez has experience as both a head coach and administrator. He was the head coach of the Badgers from 1990 to 2005 and took on an administrative role with the program from 2004 to 2021.
Alvarez announced his retirement back in April, but he didn’t officially step down as Wisconsin’s athletic director until June 30.
Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren announces Barry Alvarez will join the Big Ten as a special adviser for football.
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Warren released a statement on the Big Ten’s latest hire and why he believes Alvarez is the right person for the job.
“Barry has been blessed with an illustrious career in college athletics and his impact on college football and the Big Ten Conference has been significant,” Warren said in a statement. “He understands the history and traditions of the Big Ten. I trust Barry and we look forward to working with him on relevant football-related issues and building upon the strong relationships we have with the College Football Playoff, our broadcast and bowl partners, as well as our member institutions and student-athletes.”
So far, it seems like Big Ten fans are thrilled with this hire. Fox Sports broadcaster Tim Brando has already labeled this move an “outstanding decision.”