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Wisconsin extends athletic director Barry Alvarez’s contract through 2021

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Wisconsin announced Wednesday that it has extended athletic director Barry Alvarez’s contract an additional two years. He has agreed to a contract extension that will now pay him through the year 2021.

Alvarez’s previous deal paid him through 2019.

The two sides came to the agreement after a successful performance review with UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank. The extension went into effect on September 1.

Alvarez, 69, has become synonymous with Wisconsin success. He has now been the athletic director for the last 12 years after serving as head coach of the football program from 1990-2005.

According to UWBadgers.com, the Wisconsin athletic department has enjoyed tremendous success during Alvarez’s tenure in Madison.

In addition to the 16 seasons he coached the Badger football program (during which he guided UW to three Big Ten championships and a school-record 119 victories), Wisconsin has won 56 conference titles and 14 national championships during his years as director of athletics. Off the field, Wisconsin student-athletes have achieved a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average consistently since 2009-10, with more than 1,300 of them earning academic All-Big Ten recognition.

UWBadgers.com also noted that three of Wisconsin’s fall sports programs (football, volleyball and men’s cross country) are currently ranked in the top 10 nationally.

The football team in particular is coming off a great weekend.

While making legendary Lambeau Field their home in front of a jam-packed crowd, the Badgers shocked the previously No.5-ranked LSU Tigers, 16-14, on Saturday.

The Badgers is set to host Akron this Saturday in its next game.

Wisconsin extends athletic director Barry Alvarez’s contract through 2021

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