“You only have so many true friends, guys that you can rely on, guys that have your back and guys that you know,” Alvarez said. “You have people that are acquaintances, but people you can really trust, there aren’t many of those. When you lose one, that’s difficult.
“So to have him back and the friendship we have makes me feel very good.”
When Bret Bielema was Wisconsin’s head football coach, he and athletic director Barry Alvarez were great friends. Then Bielema left for Arkansas, and the two stopped talking.
Now, according to a story by ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, Bielema and Alvarez are once again close.
“Sometimes you just bury the hatchet and appreciate guys for who they are and remember the great times we had together, and move forward,” Alvarez told ESPN.com last week. “Life’s too short.”
Bielema and Alvarez go way back. Alvarez hired Bielema as his defensive coordinator when he coached the Badgers, then appointed him as his successor. Per ESPN, the two were so close that they vacationed together and got to know each other’s families.
Bielema left for Arkansas in December 2012 after going 68-24 in seven seasons at Wisconsin. The move stunned many observers, including Alvarez, and the two didn’t speak for three years.
Finally in December 2015, Bielema and Alvarez reunited at the Hall of Fame dinner in New York and resumed talking. Now their relationship is back. Via ESPN: