Is Bret Bielema the next head football coach at Notre Dame? It’s a possibility if you believe footballcoachscoop.com. The rumor site is reporting that sources have informed them that Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick is interested in speaking with Bielema upon his return to the mainland. Bielema and the Badgers are in Hawaii for a Saturday night affair with the Rainbow Warriors.
Per the website’s sources, a talk between Notre Dame and Bielema is expected to take place Sunday or Monday.
It sounds crazier than it is.
Bielema was Barry Alvarez’s handpicked successor at Wisconsin. Alvarez was the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame before taking the reins with the Badgers, and has maintained a positive relationship with the university over the years. Heck, the Alvarez to Notre Dame rumor vultures circled above his entire coaching tunure with Wisconsin.
For what seems like forever, there have been talks of a nonconference football series between these two schools…talks that heated up this spring as the 2012-2015 slate was being finalized.
So, with a history and a genuine rapport, it’s not insane to believe that Alvarez has pumped up his disciple to the Golden Domers. As the now AD, sure he would lose his coach, but his ego would experience the ultimate inflation...his appointment the ultimate validation.