April 24, 2014

Gary Andersen talked with the Cleveland Browns

Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen talked with the Cleveland Browns

Gary Andersen

Gary Andersen

about their vacant head coaching position before the Browns hired Mike Pettine.

Ian Rapoport from NFL.com tweeted that the Browns tried it all during their coaching search.  Rapoport said, ”Source says they secretly interviewed #Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen, who got a raise on 1/25.”

The University quickly responded with statements from Andersen and Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez. [Read more...]

Borland is Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year

Wisconsin Badger senior linebacker Chris Borland has been named the Big Ten’s

Chris Borland

Chris Borland

Defensive Player of the Year.  Borland becomes the fifth UW player to win the award, joining former winners Troy Vincent, Tom Burke, Jamar Fletcher and Erasmus James.

Borland finished the regular season third in the Big Ten in tackles per game at 9.3.  He finished 5th in the Big Ten with 102 total tackles.

Borland is the fifth player in Wisconsin history to record three seasons of at least 100 tackles and the first since Pete Monty did it from 1994-96.

Prices going up

Wisconsin football season tickets are going up in 2014.  Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez sent a note to season-ticket holders Tuesday, letting them know that prices are expected to increase #3 per seat per game.

The per game ticket price goes from $42 to $45.

Alvarez to help decide 2014 college football championship lineup (AUDIO)

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez will serve on the first college football playoff committee.  Alvarez is one of 13-members on the

Barry Alvarez

Barry Alvarez

committee which was released today.

The four-team playoff format starts next season and replaces the Bowl Championship series.

Alvarez said the members of the committee will talk weekly and rate teams, one through twenty-five.  Those rankings won’t be made public until midseason.

The teams selected by the committee will be seeded #1 vs. #4 and #2 vs. #3.  The semifinal games will rotate among bowl games in Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, New Orleans, Pasadena and Phoenix.

The first semifinals will be played Jan. 1, 2015 at the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl.  The first National Championship will follow on Jan. 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

AUDIO: Barry Alvarez is honored to be part of the committee :13

AUDIO: Alvarez says he never gets used to the critics :22

AUDIO: Barry Alvarez on bias :14

Alvarez headed for college football selection committee

University of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez is expected to be named to the

Barry Alvarez

Barry Alvarez

first college football playoff selection committee.

CBSSports.com reported Alvarez and USC athletic director Pat Haden are expected to be named to the committee.  That committee is expected to have between 12 and 18 members and the four-team playoff is set to begin in 2014.

Alvarez told The Big 1070 in Madison and the Big 920 in Milwaukee, “College football really has been very, very good to me.  Everything I have in my life, from education to family and everything else, is because of college football…I would feel some obligation but still I have a job to do here first.”

Credibility is also a key for this new group.  Alvarez said, “I think you need people that know football, not just administrators.  I think you need somebody that can turn on film and know what they’re looking at, looking for, rather than just looking at statistics.”

Alvarez shows interest in college football playoff committee

Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez says he would serve on the new college

Barry Alvarez

Barry Alvarez

football playoff selection committee if asked.

That committee would be responsible for selecting the four schools that will play for the National Championship starting with the 2014 season.

Alvarez is among 100-plus nominees for the committee, which is expected to have 12 to 20 members and include former coaches, athletic directors and administrators.

Alvarez told Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal that, “football’s been very good to me and I owe college football.  I’d be interested.”

Alvarez is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, leading Wisconsin to three Big Ten titles.  He’s still waiting for more specifics on the committee.