By Adam Roberts – 7/22/2021
We’d understand if, while caught up in the excitement of the preparation for today’s victory parade in Milwaukee, you forgot that today was Big Ten media today as well. Priorities, people.
Though one interesting announcement has come out of the annual event.
Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had the initial report on this months ago, but today conference commissioner Kevin Warren confirmed that former Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez will work with the conference as a special advisor for football. “I trust Barry Alvarez implicitly. He means everything to this conference. We’re so grateful he’s agreed to join the conference office” said Warren. ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg says the two have known each other since Warren was a law school student at Notre Dame, where Alvarez was a linebacker coach in 1987 and defensive coordinator in 1988 and 1989.
What Alvarez’s specific job duties will be is still unknown at this point.
Also, Potrykus says in regards to possible games that can’t be played for COVID reasons that the plan from the conference is still unknown. A course of action is expected to be unveiled next month; last year games unplayable due to COVID were declared no-contests.