UW Regents Look To Penn State As Model - To Avoid

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When Barry Alvarez became athletic director at the University of Wisconsin in 2004, his wife suggested his role model should be Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley.

Before a child sex abuse scandal and coverup rocked Penn State, cost Curley and other top administrators their jobs, and tainted the Big Ten school and its football program, "all of us looked at Penn State as a model," Alvarez told the UW System Board of Regents during a meeting Thursday at UW-Stout in Menomonie.

"I think everyone's taking a step back," said Alvarez, who was born and raised in Pennsylvania.

The regents invited Alvarez to comment on a formal accountability, transparency and reporting policy they're considering to keep them in the loop and help prevent a Penn State-esque scandal from erupting in Wisconsin.

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