Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez: 'We could have a team ready in 3 weeks'
If the B1G wants to reinstate a fall football season with an October start date, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says it can be done.
Yahoo Sports reporter Pete Thamel spoke with Alvarez on Saturday, after it was learned that the B1G was moving forward with the next step in the Return to Competition process, calling a meeting with the Council of Presidents/Chancellors on Sunday to discuss the possibility of voting on when to resume the football season. Alvarez says that, if the conference votes to have an October start date, the Badgers can be ready in just a few weeks.
“Paul [Chryst] and I are on the same page on this,” Alvarez told Thamel. “We can have our guys ready. We could have a team ready in three weeks. We feel comfortable with that.”
According to Thamel, a vote on the season is expected within the next 72 hours.
The B1G was the first Power 5 conference to postpone fall sports, including college football. It’s currently one of four FBS conferences not playing this fall, along with the MAC, Mountain West and Pac-12.
Conversations about a return date for the B1G have included January, November and October. Various dates have been discussed, but there’s been no comment from the league regarding when it is looking to resume acitivities.
And there’s no guarantee that the council reverses its decision, as it needs approval from at least nine presidents/chancellors to reinstate the season. However, this is a step in the right direction.