Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin agree to extension through January 2021

The Wisconsin Badgers have agreed to a contract extension with athletic director Barry Alvarez that will keep him in Madison through January 2021.

The extension comes days after the Wisconsin football team pulled off one of the biggest wins in recent memory when they knocked off previously No. 3-ranked LSU at Lambeau Field in the season-opener.

From the official release:

The Wisconsin athletic department has enjoyed tremendous success during Alvarez’s tenure in Madison. In addition to the 16 seasons he coached the Badger football program (during which he guided UW to three Big Ten championships and a school-record 119 victories), Wisconsin has won 56 conference titles and 14 national championships during his years as director of athletics. Off the field, Wisconsin student-athletes have achieved a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average consistently since 2009-10, with more than 1,300 of them earning academic All-Big Ten recognition.

Wisconsin currently boasts top ten teams nationwide in football, volleyball and men’s cross country.

Alvarez coached the Badgers football team from 1990-2005, finishing with a 119-74-4 record. Alvarez has also stepped in as an interim coach for bowl games in 2012 and 2014. He has been in his current role as athletic director since 2004.

Calling the extension well-deserved would be an understatement.

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