I don’t know Barry Alvarez. Never met him. Never been in the same room as him. And for the most part, never have talked to anybody about the Wisconsin athletic director. But there are a couple of things not sitting well with my Clear Thinking Radar and it really isn’t directly about to his statement that Big Ten Conference teams shouldn’t play FCS programs.
If the Big Ten moves forward on it, FCS teams will go on just fine with the exception of some lost revenue from those guarantee games. In the case of NDSU, I’m of the corner that Minnesota was not going to schedule the Bison until after the Jerry Kill era for certain and most likely when most of us near retirement age. They are non-conference games and should be treated as such. If the Big Ten doesn’t want FCS games, so be it.
The problem I have with Alvarez through all of this is the manner of which he went about it, like his word was final and the heck with the bottom teams in the Big Ten. It was discussed, but never voted on and therefore not a steadfast rule. Yet, he goes on a Madison radio station and talks as if it’s a done deal. It almost stops just just of bullying the rest of the conference. I would be surprised if Indiana, Northwestern, Iowa, Illinois, Purdue and even the Gophers would, or even should, be on board with it. The key in FBS is six wins, which gets you bowl eligible. If Minnesota is dropping Northern Carolina these days and doesn’t have the FCS option, how many New Mexico State’s of the world can a team schedule? Eliminating FCS games just means there will be more matchups with MAC or Sun Belt teams that sound like they should be in the FCS. By leaving FCS teams off the schedule, and the 95 percent success rate or whatever it is FBS teams have in those games, then Barry is depriving half his league of a better chance of the (fill in the blank) Bowl.
And one more point on Barry. What athletic director takes over a team when the head coach leaves before the Rose Bowl? Reminds me of Alexander Haig and “I’m in charge.” Put an assistant on the job.