Barry Alvarez of the University of Wisconsin is one of seven coaching candidates on this year's College Football Hall of Fame ballot, which was released Thursday.
Alvarez, who resurrected the University of Wisconsin football program and led it to three Rose Bowl victories, retired after the 2005 season as the winningest coach in program history with a 118-73-4 record in 16 seasons.
To be eligible for consideration, coaches must have accumulated at least 100 victories with a winning percentage of at least .600 over no fewer than 10 seasons, and have been retired for three years (unless they are age 70 or above, in which case they are eligible automatically).
Other coaches under consideration include Jim Carlen (West Virginia, Texas Tech, South Carolina, 1966-81); William "Lone Star" Dietz (1915-42); Wayne Hardin (Navy, Temple, 1959-82); Bill McCartney (Colorado, 1982-94); Billy Jack Murphy (Memphis, 1958-71); Darryl Rogers (1965-84).
The National Football Foundation mailed out ballots this week to more than 12,000 of its members and current Hall of Famers.
The votes will be submitted to the 13-member NFF Honors Court, chaired by former ACC commissioner and NCAA president Gene Corrigan, which will make its selections based on input from the vote.
The Hall of Fame Class will be announced May 27 in New York City, an event that has been televised live on ESPN2 in each of the last three years and NFF expects similar coverage this year.
Among the 77 players under consideration are several notable first-time candidates, including former Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George of Ohio State (1992-95) and Outland Trophy winner Mike Ruth of Boston College (1982-85).
Former Packers Desmond Howard (Michigan, 1989-91), Russell Maryland (Miami, 1986-90), Sterling Sharpe (South Carolina, 1984-87) and Wesley Walls (Mississippi, 1985-88) are also under consideration. It is great to see Coach Alvarez receive the accolades he so deserves. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!