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08:19 AM ET 09.27 | Any similarities you see between Barry Alvarez's Wisconsin program and Nebraska are by design. "The foundation of my beliefs comes from what I learned at Nebraska," said the former Husker linebacker under Bob Devaney. ... What Alvarez found at Wisconsin when hired as football coach in 1990 was similar to Devaney's discovery of disarray in Lincoln. The Badgers had played in bowl games only three times in 28 years. And there was more. "The athletic department was bankrupt ($2.1 million in debt) and flat on its back," he said. "There was a lot of unrest in the department. It was a very tenuous time." Alvarez said he and Wisconsin A.D. Pat Richter quickly agreed that the best way to solidify the department for the long term was to play winning football.

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September 27, 2011  08:49 AM ET
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Go Cheeseheads

+1 avi

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September 27, 2011  08:56 AM ET
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VFH you guys just keep getting into trouble, and not doing anything at the moment, LK did a number for sure.

seriously...

September 27, 2011  08:59 AM ET
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+1 avi

Agree VFH. I think those would be fun.

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September 27, 2011  09:16 AM ET
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Who would.have thought winning would be the answer... he is a visionary

as the youngsters say....duh!

September 27, 2011  09:22 AM ET
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+1 avi

Hey now, the last one was better.

September 27, 2011  09:36 AM ET
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Hey now, the last one was better.

+1 Boobs>butts

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September 27, 2011  09:43 AM ET
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+1 Boobs>butts

blasphemy

September 27, 2011  09:54 AM ET

did alvarez also bring to wisconsin the nebraska tactic of injecting all their lineman with bovine growth hormone?

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September 27, 2011  10:57 AM ET
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only an old man w/ shortcomings would say this

Fixed

 
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