Caught up with former Notre Dame assistant and Wisconsin legend Barry Alvarez for a few minutes this week for a story I'm working on down the road -- a couple stories, actually -- and we briefly chatted about what he's been up to as the athletic director at Wisconsin and if he'd ever have interest in playing Notre Dame in football. Irish Insights: What's new at Wisconsin besides being AD for you?
Barry Alvarez: "It's really been busy this summer. I've been traveling a lot, doing a lot of different things. I'm on an NCAA committee, fundraising and that type thing and trying to keep an eye on practice and still managing your department. We've got a new chancellor coming in so just making sure we're on the right page with her and that type thing. The job is a busy job but it's fun and I really enjoy it."
II: You have a statue of you in Madison, right?
II: Is that kind of surreal?
BA: (Laughs). "Yeah, it is. You always feel like when they put a statue up, the guy's dead. It's different, though."
II: Would you ever consider trying to get Notre Dame and Wisconsin to play again?
BA: "Yeah, we'd take a look at that. I don't know if Notre Dame wants to add another Big Ten school to it's contract, but we would look at that."
II: Do you still talk to a lot of people from Notre Dame?
BA: "One of my old coaches, Rob Ianello, is there. I talk to him and I run into the guys at different meetings. I saw John Heisler at the Final Four. That's really the only guy, I don't know a lot of the other guys."
As for the potential of a Notre Dame-Wisconsin game, a source in the athletic department said there was no knowledge of talks between the two schools to schedule a game and that it'd be tough do to with the current setup of the Big Ten and Notre Dame's schedule.