Alvarez praises Bielema for exploiting 'bad rule'

Updated: November 7, 2006, 5:55 PM ET
By Joe Schad | Special to ESPN.com

Former Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez defended on Monday current coach Bret Bielema's decision to have players intentionally go offsides prior to kickoffs so the first half would expire during Saturday's game against Penn State.

After three kicks, Penn State did not run an offensive play in what was a manipulation of a new rule that starts the clock rolling as soon as it is kicked.

"It was a hell of a call!" said Alvarez, the school's athletic director who hired Bielema. "If Joe Paterno ...

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