MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - It almost seemed too good to be true when it was made official Thursday. Barry Alvarez came back to coach the Badgers one more time, in the Rose Bowl.
The Badgers returned to practice Saturday for the first time since winning the Big Ten Championship Game with Barry leading the way. It ended up being a spectacle in the McClain Center, as dozens of former players and recruits were there to watch.
It was a great start to bowl prep for the for everyone involved.
Tight Ends Coach Eddie Faulkner said, "Oh it was an awesome day. Obviously, the energy from Coach Alvarez deciding he wants to come back is huge and had everyone excited including the coaches and players alike. He definitely brings a feeling of confidence, a feeling that we have a chance to win."
"If you look at our players and what they've gone through all year they're resilient," added Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada. "They bounce back each and every week, and it was a pretty good--had a lot of life, had a lot of fun. Good day."
The Badgers will play Stanford at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on January 1st, 2013.
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