Sources told ESPN that athletic director Barry Alvarez will be on the sideline when Wisconsin plays Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 as a one-game comeback to coaching.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported team captains asked Alvarez to coach the team, and he agreed to do so.

Alvarez has a news conference set for Thursday.

"I just heard that before I came here, which would be awesome," Bret Bielema said Wednesday during his introduction as Arkansas' new coach.

Alvarez was Bielema's predecessor at Wisconsin.

Bielema will be paid $3.2 million annually for six years. Arkansas will also pay his $1 million buyout to Wisconsin.

  • Auburn gave former Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn a five-year, $11.5 million deal to replace the fired Gene Chizik. Malzahn was offensive coordinator during Auburn's national title season in 2010.

  • Former Kent State coach Darrell Hazell was hired at Purdue, replacing the fired Danny Hope. Hazell reportedly interviewed for the Cal job.

  • Notre Dame's Manti Te'o won the Lombardi Award as college's best lineman or linebacker. Teammate Tyler Eifert won the John Mackey Award that goes to the best tight end. Stanford's Zach Ertz was a finalist.

    Miscellany

    There's enough evidence to pursue assault and battery charges against a former Cal Poly and Oakland Raiders assistant football coach, a San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge determined. According to police reports, a heavily intoxicated Randy Hanson had been partying in Pismo Beach on Aug. 3 when he struck a man with a beer bottle. The alleged victim suffered a broken nose, according to police reports. Hanson resigned from his Cal Poly position 11 days after his arrest. His next hearing is Jan. 16.

  • The IOC delayed revoking cyclist Lance Armstrong's bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics. The executive board did disqualify four track and field athletes whose 2004 Athens doping samples were retested this year and came back positive for steroids, including shot put gold medalist Yuriy Bilonog. The IOC will ask the IAAF to get the medals back from the four athletes and readjust the results. American Adam Nelson was second in the shot put.