Barry Alvarez is returning to the sidelines to coach Wisconsin for the second time in the Badgers' last three bowl games.
Alvarez, Wisconsin's athletic director, will coach the Badgers in the Outback Bowl against Auburn on Jan. 1. He is replacing Gary Andersen, who abruptly left the program Wednesday to become Oregon State's coach.
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...