Alvarez to be honored during Saturday's game

The University of Wisconsin and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame will jointly honor Coach Barry Alvarez this Saturday, Sept. 18, during an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity InvestmentsĀ®, the nation's No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans.

Between the first and second quarters, Alvarez will be recognized as he is set to become just the ninth Badger to be elected into the College Football Hall of Fame.

"We're incredibly proud of Barry's selection to the College Football Hall of Fame and this event allows our fans an opportunity to celebrate his remarkable career," said University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin. "Barry transformed the Badger program, developed student-athletes' potential on and off the field and helped build a new sense of Wisconsin pride."

The only coach in Big Ten history to win back-to-back Rose Bowls, Barry Alvarez boasts the highest all-time bowl winning percentage (.727) for coaches with at least 11 bowl appearances. The coach winningest coach in Wisconsin history, Alvarez captured three Big Ten Championships, and he joins College Football Hall of Fame coach Woody Hayes as the only two Big Ten coaches to win three Rose Bowls. He coached 12 First Team All-America players, including three-time First Team selection and 1999 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, 62 First Team All-Big Ten picks, and two NFF National Scholar-Athletes (Jim Leonhard and Joe Thomas).

"It is very humbling. When this is your life's work, and it culminates like this, the first thing you think about is all the people that had something to do with it," said Alvarez at the time of the May 27 announcement. "Any time that you win an honor such as this, it's not one person. It's about the accumulated work of a number of people. From a staff, a very loyal staff that came to the University of Wisconsin and believed in the plan that I had and worked very hard to get it done, to a group of players that bought in and changed the culture, not only in our football program, but changed the culture of our athletic department."

In 1993, Alvarez was named Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year, AFCA National Coach of the Year and College & Pro Football Newsweekly National Coach of the Year. The 1999 Victor Award (National Coach of the Year) winner, Alvarez was a finalist for ESPN National College Coach of the Decade.

Named Wisconsin's athletics director in 2004, Alvarez continued to coach for two years before retiring and focusing solely on his administrative position. Alvarez serves on the NCAA Football Issues Committee, the Board of Directors of the MACC Fund and was appointed as one of the chairs of the NCAA's Football Academic Enhancement Group. Alvarez and his wife Cindy have three children.

Alvarez will be the 10th Wisconsin player or coach inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the Badgers' second coach to receive the honor. Wisconsin players in the hall of fame (with year of induction) include Alan Ameche (1975), Marty Below (who also played at Oshkosh, 1988), Bob Butler (1972), Pat Harder (1993), Elroy Hirsch (who also played at Michigan, 1974), Pat O'Dea (1962), Pat Richter (1996), and Dave Schreiner (1955). The only other coach in the hall of fame with a stop at Wisconsin is George Little (1955) who coached the Badgers for two seasons from 1925-26. For a complete list of players and coaches in the hall, please visit www.collegefootball.org.

The 2010 Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the NFF's Annual Awards Dinner, held at New York City's historic Waldorf=Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, December 7. For ticket information to the Dec. 7 induction, please contact Will Rudd at the National Football Foundation: 972-556-1000 or by email at wrudd@footballfoundation.com.
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