August 30, 2014

UW restructures track & cross country coaching staffs

Last August, the Wisconsin men’s and women’s track and field andcross country teams were combined under Director of Cross Country and

Barry Alvarez

Barry Alvarez

Track and Field Mick Byrne.  On Monday, Wisconsin Athletics Director Barry Alvarez announced a restructuring of the coaching staff that eliminates the position of head women’s cross country and track and field coach, previously held by Jim Stintzi.

In Stintzi’s 10 seasons as the women’s cross country and track and field coach, 13 athletes combined to win 2 Big Ten individual titles.

Under the direction of Byrne, the cross country and track and field staff will now consist of five assistant coaches.  Four of those positions are currently filled by Dave Astrauskas, Nate Davis, Kareem Jackson and Gavin Kennedy.  A national search for the final assistant coaching position will begin immediately.

 

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.”