As tempting as it might be, University of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez doesn't view the ongoing ethical storm atop the Big Ten Conference summit as a good thing.
Allegations of major rules violations at Ohio State led to the resignation of football coach Jim Tressel earlier this week. The NCAA is investigating the flagship school of the league a year after another premier program, Michigan, was placed on NCAA probation for the first time in school history.
"You never want to see that, particularly with one of your brand schools," Alvarez said Wednesday. "I don't feel good about it for our league."
Speaking at the Badger Day fan event at the Harley-Davidson Museum, Alvarez said he understands why some might view this as a great opportunity for UW and its football program to take advantage of two vulnerable rivals.
"If I were the coach," he said, referencing his 16 Hall of Fame seasons overseeing the Badgers from 1990 to 2005, "that's maybe how I'd be thinking."
But that's not how it is.
"You don't want someone to get their legs knocked out from under them and look for that to give you an opportunity," Alvarez said. "It shouldn't have to be that way.
"I don't want to sit there and lick my chops and say, ‘Wow, that opens the door for us.' I just don't think that's right."
UW football coach Bret Bielema, who led his club to share of the Big Ten title with Ohio State and Michigan State last season, said turmoil elsewhere in the league will not be a distraction much less as motivation.
"Wisconsin is going to worry about Wisconsin," he said.
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