Barry Alvarez reportedly preparing to announce retirement as Wisconsin AD
It looks like the B1G landscape is getting ready for even more change heading into the spring and summer of 2021.
In a Saturday article from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Jeff Potrykus reported that Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez is preparing to announce his retirement. The 74-year-old Alvarez has led the Badgers’ athletic department since 2006 after a long run as the head coach of the football team.
According to Potrykus, Alvarez will announce his plans for retirement in the next few weeks. He also indicated that deputy AD, Chris McIntosh, has been groomed to succeed Alvarez, but it is unclear if he will be the next AD:
Chris McIntosh, UW’s deputy athletic director since July 2017, has been groomed to succeed Alvarez.
However, a source close to the administration said it is unclear whether McIntosh will become the new athletic director.
Alvarez coached the Badgers from 1990-2005 before taking over as AD. He finished with a record of 119-74-4 leading Wisconsin, including a 1-1 record as an interim coach in 2012 and 2014.
Across the B1G, longtime Northwestern AD Jim Phillips also left to take over as ACC Commissioner. If Alvarez does indeed retire, it will be interesting to see how these changes in leadership affect the teams and conference as a whole down the road.