Alvarez releases statement on Bielema's departure

University of Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez issued the following statement Tuesday on the departure of Bret Bielema, who has been named head football coach at the University of Arkansas:

“I was very surprised when Bret told me he was taking the offer from Arkansas. He did a great job for us during his seven years as head coach, both on the field and off. I want to thank him for his work and wish him the best at Arkansas.

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“I have a responsibility to our student-athletes, our football family and our fans, one that I take very seriously. It is my responsibility to ensure that the football program continues at a high level, and I have already started the process of trying to find a new head coach.

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“Along with finding a new coach, my other main objective is to make sure that our student-athletes, specifically our seniors playing in their final game as Badgers, have a tremendous experience in the Rose Bowl. We will do everything within our power to make that happen.”

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Gary A. Engberg on 12/4/2012 @ 7:50pm EDT Said:

Barry, Coach the Rose Bowl with a staff coach and whoever is left making the game plan otherwise it may be a tough game. Barry could fire the team up for one more time! Most people don’t seem to care that Bret left for the Hog’s. find his quote about the SEc. Interesting… If he didn’t like things in the Big Ten with Urban Meyer, the SEC will eat him up!
Good luck, but not the way to leave if there is a good way.

mark peshaba on 12/4/2012 @ 9:46pm EDT Said:

Yep I agree, not much class in leaving the Badgers before the rose bowl. Barry you coach that team cause then maybe they will have a chance at Stanford!!!!
Bret would not have won.
The sec will eat him alive. He is trying to get away from Meyer an them Buckeyes.

Frank Passmore on 12/5/2012 @ 11:00am EDT Said:

I think Barry Alvarez should not let him coach at the Rose Bowl. Urban Meyer at Ohio State
is definetly making a statement in the Big Ten by bringing his style of football and after beating bret at his own game. Bielema saw the hand writing on the wall and jumped ship
leaving Barry to hold the bag.

Will on 12/5/2012 @ 2:35pm EDT Said:

While I could care less about BB leaving Wisconsin, it is amazing to me that he left for a program that in my humble opinion is not near the quality as Wisconsin’s. There is very little loyalty in today’s society so it should not surprise anyone. Barry will hire someone to carry on and with some of the rumors out there, it sounded like BB was not all that well respected in Wisconsin anyways. Would I let him coach the Rose bowl? Heck No; he chose his path and I am sure he could have accepted the position with a delayed announcement (after bowl game) but he and Ark both wanted the spotlight without regard to the players, fans or staff at Wisconsin. Show him the door and collect his $1m dollar buyout!

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