MADISON, WI (WHBL) - Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez is expected to announce this morning that he’ll coach the Badgers in the Rose Bowl Game against Stanford on New Year’s Day. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the team’s six captains, including running back Montee Ball, asked Alvarez to return to the sidelines for the game. The school’s athletic director was reportedly moved by the request and said yes. He’s expected to make it official during a 10 a-m news conference at U-W Madison. Alvarez coached the Badgers for 16 years through 2005 – and his teams won the Rose Bowl three times in 1994, ’99, and 2000. Ball said the Badger players remain focused in the wake of coach Bret Bielema’s sudden and surprising departure for Arkansas. Ball said Bielema told the players on Tuesday night that he was leaving, in part, so he could win a national championship. At his first news conference in Fayetteville yesterday, Bielema said his goals were to win both an S-E-C title and the national crown. He also told reporters yesterday he would not coach the Badgers in the Rose Bowl – and he would love to see Alvarez do it. Bielema went 0-2 at Pasadena.
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