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Badgers' Alvarez relishes return to the Rose Bowl

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Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, left, gets a high-five from Mickey Mouse as Stanford coach David Shaw, right, watches. Alvarez will coach the Badgers in today's Rose Bowl against the Cardinal in Pasadenda, Calif.

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When the Wisconsin players asked Barry Alvarez to return to the sideline, he couldn't resist. After all, it's the Rose Bowl sideline, and that old stadium has an irresistible lure for lifelong football people. But when Bret Bielema abruptly left the Badgers for Arkansas after they clinched their third straight trip to Pasadena, Alvarez also felt a compulsion to protect the program he built into a power.
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