December 12th, 2012 at 10:50 PM ^

It's a bit dubious to appoint yourself to a job that comes with a substantial cash bonus. In other words, it's a big deal if you suspect the decision is not in the interests of Wisconsin football but rather of Barry's bank account.

I don't really have a problem with it (not that I care at all), but it's conceivable that some would.

Wisconsin Wolverine

December 12th, 2012 at 11:30 PM ^

I think that's a good point.  It would be easy to say "Oh look, he hired himself!" except for the fact that Badger fans absolutely love the hire.  In this case, I'd have to say he's actually picked the right guy for the job rather than he's exploiting his position to make bank.  I mean, maybe it's the same thing ... maybe it's not.  But I can guarantee Badger fans are more excited about the Rose Bowl now than they were with Bielema at the helm.

Mustachioed Ge…

December 12th, 2012 at 10:48 PM ^

I do not see the problem here. He will be working two jobs until the bowl game (for those keeping track: 1] Wisco AD 2] Wisco HC). Why should his pay not be commensurate with his duties? Would any of you take on an entire 2nd job and do it for free? 


December 13th, 2012 at 12:10 PM ^

Well, people do it all the time.  In fact, I'm doing it right now.

I recently started a new job, but my replacement for my old job hasn't been named yet.  In the interim, I'm doing both.  And believe me, I'm not getting two paychecks!

I don't think it is wrong or unfiar, but in a FOIA world, all this stuff will come to light, and it will never play well.

Also, I can think of lots of situations where someone has taken an interim role for $1 while a permanent replacement is found.  Certainly seems to be the classier/high road approach.

NOLA Wolverine

December 12th, 2012 at 10:50 PM ^

You're kind of a sucker if you just sign on to do more work for nothing. I don't really see an issue with this. He has to get back into coach mode to prepare for Stanford and deal with whatever he needs to do as AD over this month span. He should be compensated accordingly. 


December 13th, 2012 at 7:14 PM ^

This.  I'll never work for free unless it's charity.  I told my dad I was going to do an unpaid internship in college.  He called me a dumbass, said they'd make me their bitch for nothing and to find something real to do.  If I'm not getting paid, I'm not doing it.  Why should they benefit from my work?


December 12th, 2012 at 10:52 PM ^

This reminds me of that movie scene in Horrible Bosses where Jason Bateman's boss (Kevin Spacey) announces that he's promoting himself and only taking 50-60% of the pay raise "for the good of the company".

Michigan Arrogance

December 12th, 2012 at 10:56 PM ^

I don't think it's that big of a deal.


except for the fact that he wouldn't pay Beilema's assistants a few extra 100K per year, but will take a couple 100K for himself for 3 fucking weeks work.


December 12th, 2012 at 11:04 PM ^

You know, if I were a Wisconsin fan, I'd probably be more interested in seeing Alvarez conduct a coaching search than playing coach himself for a few weeks.  People are suggesting that he deserves the pay for doing two jobs, but I find it hard to believe he's actually doing two jobs' worth of work, considering what 99% of ADs in his situation would be doing.


December 12th, 2012 at 11:14 PM ^

I'm surprised no one else has voiced the thought that it seems like he does get paid plenty (pays himself, even...), but a year ago, assistant coaches were fleeing... And they were after more money, no?  Seems bizarre to throw lots of money at the AD and too little money at the assistant coaches.

Then I remember how much Bielema was getting paid, and now I'm undecided what my opinion is, again.


December 12th, 2012 at 11:28 PM ^

Remember how odd we all thought it was that Lloyd Carr somehow made friends with Russell Crowe?  Well Lloyd wasn't the only B1G coach who was making the rounds in Cali back in the day.  And when you party with with these guys you need to bring it - Barry probably just needed the money to pay for his upcoming bar bill during the trip to socal.


December 13th, 2012 at 1:08 AM ^

I should have titled it "unrelated hijack post" anyways I was watching tv while reading this thread. Indiana and Cleveland game was on and noticed Zeller sitting on the bench but at first glance I thought it was Stauskas. Figured I would post it rather starting a ridiculous thread about someone who looks like someone. 75% of the people on this board would have.


December 13th, 2012 at 12:43 AM ^

football team was DB Troy Vincent.....and that was about it.

Those were the early years under Barry Alvarez, and then they started to kick ass.

Hope the Badgers do as well in the Rose Bowl as they did vs. Nebraska.


December 13th, 2012 at 6:25 AM ^

These guys never miss an opportunity. One month of  quasi work nets an extra $200,000. There is no way he can do BOTH jobs, the demands are two great, so he'll end up half assing them both....

What a fuckin racket.

Naked Bootlegger

December 13th, 2012 at 7:45 AM ^

...a statue of himself every day when he gets out of his convertible in the parking lot. The extra $$$ for coaching the Rose Bowl could be a ruse to raise money for another statue. If there's one rule I live by, it is to have no bounds on the amount of statues erected in one's honor.