It is only fitting that as the Badgers are going to the Rose Bowl in 2011 that Barry Alvarez got inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Of course one of the big reasons he is going is that beautiful Rose Bowl record he has at 3 wins and no losses. Apparently at the induction ceremony Barry had friends, colleagues and former past players with him including Hayden Fry, Kirk Ferentz, Lou Holts, and Badgers Chris McIntosh and Brooks Bollinger. The College Football HOF doesn't do as good of job promoting itself as HOFs like for the NFL and MLB but if you don't think this means a lot Barry he had all of his kids and grandchildren there. As a college coach Barry went 118-73-4 and has the best bowl record for a coach with at least 11 bowl games at .727.
With a lot of great coaches you here about the coaching tree, Barry Alvarez falls under the Fry tree so you don't hear much about the coaches who made stops in Madison but Barry should get credit as well because he has a great eye for talent and developing it. First clearly there is Bret Bielema who was far from a finished product when he arrive to the Badgers. The list also includes Dan McCarney who went on to coach at Iowa State and then there are NFL coaches like Bill Callahan and Brad Childress. It is Barry's eye for talent that really is one of his greatest strengths and something you can see he is passing to Bielema, in fact Bielema has two potential head coaches in Chryst and Doeren on his staff so Barry's tree might grow a little bigger.
There was always a lot of talk about what new coaching job Barry would take leaving the Badgers in the dust as he was sure to go to bigger pastures like Notre Dame, Florida or the bright lights of the NFL. But you know what he has proved himself as one of the biggest Badgers through and through of all time never taking those offers and then stepping into the Athletic Director job which he is doing a terrific job at by all accounts. Minnesota Athletic Director Maturi recently made a joke that he contacted Alvarez for his next coach but he got turned down, thankfully all those years ago when Pat Richter went for the big splash and hired the top assistant off the National Championship team he got it right.
Barry Alvarez has a bronze statue outside the stadium for good reason, he is a legend our legend.
We will have a UW Badger Rose Bowl 2011 report at least once a day heading up to the big game so stay with us.
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