The effort to compensate Barry Alvarez for doing two high-profile jobs concluded Tuesday when the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents agreed to pay him a one-month salary increase of $118,500.

In addition to serving as UW athletic director, Alvarez will coach the Badgers football team in the Rose Bowl against Stanford on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif. He took over those duties in the wake of Bret Bielema's decision last week to leave UW to become the coach at Arkansas.

For the month of December, Alvarez will receive 90 percent of Bielema's monthly salary ($195,000) plus 10 percent of his current salary as AD ($8,500) for a total of $203,500. That represents a one-time monthly salary increase of $118,500.

Bielema was due $2.7 million for this season, while Alvarez is paid $1 million. Funds for the compensation will come from the $1 million buyout stipulated in Bielema's contract, to be paid to UW by Arkansas.

Alvarez, 65, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, coached the Badgers to 118 wins and three Rose Bowl victories between 1990 and 2005. He spent two years in the dual role of coach and AD (2004 and '05) before turning over the football program to Bielema in 2006.

"We weighed the factors involved, including the unique circumstances that developed less than a month before the game, the challenges of the job, the marketplace and (Alvarez's) strength as a coach, and concluded that this is a reasonable arrangement," Brent Smith, president of the UW Board of Regents, said in a statement.

Should the Badgers win the Rose Bowl — Alvarez would become just the second Big Ten coach with four victories in the game, joining Ohio State's Woody Hayes — he will receive the same $50,000 bonus that would have gone to Bielema through the UW Athletic Department's exceptional achievement award policy.

Alvarez told reporters after Friday's UW Athletic Board meeting he would be receiving one-twelfth of Bielema's full salary to coach in the Rose Bowl, which explains the original report that he would be paid $225,000.

Asked why Alvarez isn't simply taking the higher percentage of the two salaries, UW vice chancellor for community relations Vince Sweeney said the deal was a "recognition of shared responsibility" with the two roles.

The news release acknowledged the extra work of UW deputy athletic director Sean Frazier, but a school official said no one else would be receiving additional compensation.

"Coach Alvarez has a one-of-a-kind skill set that the university needs to be successful — both in the Rose Bowl and in attracting the best coaching candidates in the search for someone to lead the Badgers football program going forward," UW interim chancellor David Ward said. "We believe that this package is fair and proportional."

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gasmn
gasmn

While Barry has quite a legacy and has done well for himself financially I think if he had any true sense of humility and leadership he should have thanked UW for their offer and distribute the $200,000 evenly to all the assistant coaching staff as a bonus and reward for a job well done. As an assistant coach who has worked hard all year and now is worrying about his uncertain future here that would have certainly been the an example of TRUE LEADERSHIP.

rick732
rick732

Owner mindset: don't pay staff to work double duty & pocket all the profits yourself. That's cheap & ultimately does not achieve the outcome most of us seek.

Tharealsocialist
Tharealsocialist

I'm a uw student and this is absurd

gadfly
gadfly

Wait a minute! So when someone leaves and I have to do their job too I can get their salary? I wish someone would tell my boss, I've been doing two jobs since Scotty scared all the old folks into retiring. If it's good for one guy employed by the State why isn't it good for all of us?

RichardSRussell
RichardSRussell

How this all works is valuable information Barry can pass along to the ADs from Rutgers and Maryland when they start attending Big 10 meetings to find out how the big boys do it.

Mikey1
Mikey1

How can Alverez question BIelema when he is going after as much money as he can get...
Why doesn't he do it for the school instead for his financial self?.

I've lost a lot of respect for the man...

Actually this is disgusting and is a disgrace that he would request money to coach the team in this situation...

I thought he was doing it for the school not himself...

midwestguy
midwestguy

Hmmm-great PR move by Barry. Why doesn't he donate that chunk to the athletic scholarship fund?

madtownbarry
madtownbarry

First of all where is the donation of the extra $100K to a scholorship fund as he said he is doing this for the kids/students? BUT, it's great to be a 1% if you get to keep it. Also he is not selling any extra tickets, the 24,000 tickets are out of the Badgers portion from the Rose Bowl they are charged with selling. If the UW doesn't sell them they still come out of the $15M -estimate- that the team/conference gets. Alavarez should only get a bonus if the team can sell more than the 24,000 tickets the Badgers are charged with selling. How are sales going is my question?

madtownative
madtownative

Uh, Badger fans can buy tickets from a number of different sources outside of the 'allotted' tickets (Psst! We call it the 'free' market!)...now, please continue trying to pull your head out of your...Donkey...

1111
1111

Republicans need to gather together in this criticle moment of need and make sure Obama does not raise this guys taxes!

madtownative
madtownative

Well, at least Alvarez is a PROVEN winner...our POTUS, not so much...

seamus
seamus

Well sort of... his Big 10 winning percentage was .520. Bielema was a wizard by comparison.

number6
number6

It's a business. Why get flustered? When we can televise & fill stadiums with persons wanting to watch calculus and differential equations being solved, math profs will pull down equally big bucks.

madtownative
madtownative

Perfect...well said...

Hammingjusamur
Hammingjusamur

This is an outrage! Give him a couple 100K more to compensate him for his devotion to the university community. This is no way to demonstrate our gratitude to a god who has chosen to wear red and reside among us.

Willac
Willac

As athletic director, wouldn't it just be a part of his current job to resolve a situation when a coach quits during a season? Isnt it a conflict somehow to hire himself at such a salary bump? He is already paid an absurd amount of money compared to everyone else working at the university.

madtownative
madtownative

So....if the women's crew coach leaves, he should step in and...wait a second, you're just stupid...

1111
1111

Give him a tax break and pay for it by cutting union wages!

Long live republicans!

Bertie Bielema
Bertie Bielema

Say Bye Bye to Bertie Bielema with this commemorative T-shirt!
http://byebyebertie.com/

concerned_citizen
concerned_citizen

give that man a tax break!

screenname99
screenname99

Have mixed feelings about him getting paid more but in the end his coaching the team has led to a significant increase in Badger fans booking trips to the game and while it may not seem like work to those of us on the outside he will be doing additional work for the money. Whether or not you agree with the dollar amount the marketplace itself has determined the value of his work as a college coach.

Brian M
Brian M

clearly you need to reread the article. " will be paid out of the $1 million buyout UW will receive from Arkansas for Bielema’s contract."

persia
persia

I'm sure all the UW staff who have seen their wages decline by 10% in the last four years would also agree...

madtownative
madtownative

What is the 'Persian' word for 'ignoramous?'...

madgrad
madgrad

No tuition money goes to the athletic department. Just to be clear. Therefore students should be very happy to have a legend coaching a leaderless team in the Rose Bowl game.

Shake
Shake

No athletic department money goes to make the University a better learning institution therefore students shouldn't give a darn who coaches.

Laudmauth
Laudmauth

That seems about right. Fair. Reasonable. Definitely the highest & best use of the money. Just ask ANY tuition-paying UW student, I am sure that is what they would say.

Brian M
Brian M

clearly you need to reread the article. " will be paid out of the $1 million buyout UW will receive from Arkansas for Bielema’s contract."

madtownative
madtownative

His pay wouldn't have come from student funds in any case...just pull the handle and flush yourself already...

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