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Badger Bits: Alvarez inducted into Hall of Fame, asked to coach Gophers?

Wednesdays during the layoff between college football's regular season and bowl season remind me of why I wouldn't say no to a college football playoff. Too much downtime!

First of all, congratulations to Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez on his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame last night. Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien was also in attendance at the induction ceremony as one of 16 National Football Foundation student-athletes.

When asked about coach Alvarez, NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell said: "Barry Alvarez took a program that had won six games in the three seasons prior to his arrival and turned them into a perennial powerhouse for more than a decade. There was never a doubt that he was headed to the Hall of Fame."

Alvarez is the ninth Badger to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. However, apparently another Big Ten team tried to lure Alvarez out of his retirement from coaching: Wisconsin's arch-nemesis, the Minnesota Gophers.

In a conversation with the Pioneer Press' Bob Sansevere, Minnesota AD Joel Maturi claimed that he offered the Gophers' head coach position to Alvarez. Here is the part of the interview concerning Alvarez:

BS: You're the one who said you'd try to get another Tubby.

JM: Yeah, I did. I offered it to Barry Alvarez, and he didn't take the job.

BS: I've heard you say that three times now. Did you truly say, "Barry, do you want to come here and coach the Gophers?"

JM: Yeah, I did.

BS: And his response?

JM: He said, "I like what I'm doing. And my days of coaching are done."

However, according to a tweet from ESPN 100.5 FM's social media correspondent Brandon Harrison, Alvarez denies that that he was offered the Minnesota job. It's all for naught now that the Gophers have hired Jerry Kill, but its still interesting that their stories don't match up.

I don't think I am alone when I say I am more than relieved that Alvarez did not take the Gopher job, if indeed he was offered it by Maturi. Just the thought of seeing him in maroon in gold gives me a shiver down my spine. I would much prefer that one of my favorite memories of Alvarez not be tainted in such a way:


Tom Oates of writes that the Badgers are one of the few "winners" from this year's BCS matchups.

Tom Mulhern of wonders whether we can trust the BCS after a mistake was found that has altered the final regular season standings.

Andy Baggot of takes a look at the legacy of Barry Alvarez after he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame last night.

ESPN's Ryan McGee has named the Wisconsin vs. Iowa game the third best game in college football for the 2010 season. (Note: ESPN Insider required)


After being named Big Ten player of the week, Jon Leuer's very productive week deserves the attention according to Rob Schultz.

A Final Note

23 days until the Rose Bowl!