Wisconsin's Alvarez gets raise, extension

Wisconsin's Alvarez gets raise, extension

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]isconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez has a new contract which includes a raise and five-year extension that will keep him with the school through 2018.

Alvarez will receive raise of $25,000, bringing his compensation $1.05 million for 2013-14, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report.

Wisconsin Athletics pays $500,000 of that salary with the remainder coming from gift funds at the UW Foundation.

Alvarez, who turned 66 in December, coached the Badgers football team from 1990 to 2005. He’s entering his 10th year as athletic director after serving as both coach and AD the first two years.

Even though Alvarez will be in his 70s when his new deal expires, he says he hasn’t thought about retirement.

“I’ll keep going as long as I keep enjoying it and as long as they want me here,” he told the Journal.

The Badgers have played in three straight BCS bowls and the men’s basketball team has qualified for the NCAA tournament every year since 1999, but Alvarez feels that the program doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

“Our consistency is pretty good,” he said. “I don’t know if most people recognize it.

“I get tired of saying we’re not a sexy school. I’d like for us to get our due respect out there, especially to the recruits so you can attract the national recruit.”

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