Alvarez, Wisconsin's athletic director, will coach the Badgers in the
Alvarez said Thursday a number of seniors asked him to consider coaching the team in the game.
"The last 24 hours have been hectic to say the least," Alvarez said. "It's been somewhat overwhelming but fun. I'm honored the players asked me and we're going to get ready to play against a good team."
Alvarez said he was waiting for a flight at LaGuardia Airport in New York when Andersen told him of his plans to leave. The AD said the players asked him to coach Wednesday after meeting with Andersen and he said he would think about it, but they pressed him again Thursday morning.
"I just couldn't tell those kids no," Alvarez added. "It bothers me that the kids have to go through this. Change is difficult for them."
Alvarez coached the Badgers for 16 years before taking the athletic director's job. He retired following a 24-10 victory against Auburn in the 2006
Tony Sanchez, who won six consecutive Nevada state titles at Bishop Gorman High, was hired as coach at Nevada Las Vegas. Sanchez, 40, went 85-5 at Bishop Gorman and did not lose against another school from Nevada.
Sanchez is believed to be the fourth coach to make the direct jump from high school to major college head coach, joining North Texas' Todd Dodge, Notre Dame's Gerry Faust and Iowa's Bob Commings.