- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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Barry Alvarez's life has been just a little bit hectic in recent weeks. The Wisconsin athletic director has been searching for a new football coach while returning to his old job as Badgers' head football coach for the team's upcoming matchup against Stanford in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio.
Although it's been a "nonstop merry-go-round," the 65-year-old Alvarez is enjoying the ride.
I write about Alvarez's return today after spending some time with him last week in Madison.
MADISON, Wis. -- Barry Alvarez extends his right arm and tugs back the sleeve on his gray sweatshirt to reveal a red and white wristband.
The wristband includes two phrases: "I'm in" and "I'm on."
Alvarez ordered the wristbands shortly after Wisconsin's seniors asked him to coach the team in its upcoming showdown against Stanford in the Rose Bowl game presented by Vizio. Although six assistants have since accepted jobs with other programs, they all assured Alvarez they would remain with the team through the game in Pasadena.
"The coaches, when they put it on, that means you're all-in and you're on," Alvarez said. "The players had to earn it, and when the coaches felt that they were ready, they got one."
Fittingly, the white letters on Alvarez's wristband already are fading a little. He has been all-in at Wisconsin since the school hired him to coach its sputtering football program in January 1990, leading the Badgers for 16 seasons before moving into a full-time athletic director role. And for the past three weeks, Alvarez's on button has been constantly lit.
Check out the full story on Alvarez's chaotic December and upcoming return to the sideline in Pasadena, where he tries to improve his Rose Bowl record to 4-0.
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