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Two coaching styles, two winning coaches

Georgia coach Mark Richt walks.

Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez races.

Richt likes to stop and smell the flowers. Alvarez is more of a multitasker. Richt hangs back, takes his time. Alvarez, as he is the first to admit, is impulsive.

But as dissimilar as today's Outback Bowl coaches are, Richt and Alvarez share something in common: Each, in his own way, has built a success story.

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When Richt was named the leader of Georgia's football program in December 2000, few Bulldog fans could resist falling in love with the easygoing coach. And the few who weren't sure were hard-pressed to find anything bad to say about him.

The Boca Raton High grad was vice president of his junior class and always made good grades. He played quarterback at Miami, most of the time behind future Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, and was more of a scholar than star athlete.

One of Richt's few recorded outbursts occurred when he played part time in a 31-21 loss to Florida State his freshman season in 1978. When others tried to console him, he snapped, "Don't try to make me feel better! My fumble and interception gave FSU the field goal and touchdown at the end! If it hadn't been for those, we'd have tied or even won!"

After Richt graduated in 1982, he worked as an assistant at Florida State for 15 seasons, the last seven as offensive coordinator. His prowess for developing quarterbacks, including Heisman winners Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke,continues at Georgia, where David Greene is the winningest quarterback in Division I-A history.

"He's an offensive mastermind," Greene said. "But I think the best thing about him is that football is not the most important thing to him. He always asks about my personal life and isn't just about X's and O's."

Richt's wife, Katharyn, and his four children come first, and anyone who knows Richt must respect this. The 44-year-old coach also is devoted to his Christian lifestyle.

"He would give all of this up," junior defensive tackle Kedric Golston said, "if he thought God wanted him to."

Golston also added, "What you see is what you get" with Richt, who rarely raises his voice and never does anything for show. Richt isn't a fan of passionate speeches or showy fits and finds other ways of getting the message across.

"I'm not the best motivator, I don't think," Richt said. "I'd rather let them practice for another five minutes than have them listen to me talk."

Known for his graciousness and patience with the media, he often will hang back for the reporters with extra questions then thank them when they're done.

Many close to him will attest: Richt is decent, honest and just a super nice guy.

Yet there must be more shrewdness, more intensity and more wiliness than he reveals. In his four seasons with the Bulldogs, Richt is 41-10, led Georgia to its first SEC title in 20 years (in 2002) and has established himself as one of the more clever, cunning coaches in college football.

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Wisconsin football didn't begin with the hiring of Alvarez.

It only seems that way.

When Alvarez, 58, took over in 1990, the Badgers had gone 9-36 the previous four seasons and home attendance averaged 41,734, barely more than 50 percent of capacity. Wisconsin had never won 10 games in a season and appeared in only six bowls in its 101-year history.

Alvarez's rebuilding project in Madison took time.

The former assistant to Lou Holtz at Notre Dame went 1-10 in 1990 and followed with consecutive 5-6 seasons. But a 20-16 upset of No. 12 Ohio State in 1992, the first win by the Badgers over a ranked team in eight years, proved to be significant.

"That was a milestone victory for our program," Alvarez said.

More success followed.

The 1993 squad won the Big Ten title and played in Wisconsin's first Rose Bowl in 31 years. Since then, Alvarez has made two more Rose Bowl appearances, and the 1999 squad produced Heisman Trophy winning running back Ron Dayne. When the 1998 and '99 teams won Big Ten titles, it marked the first time since 1896-97 the program won consecutive conference titles.

How much credit does Alvarez deserve?

"He should get most, if not all of it," All-America defensive end Erasmus James said.

Alvarez is a defensive-minded coach, but players say he keeps a close watch on every position. He's a stickler for detail who believes proper fundamentals win games. His thorough understanding of the sport sometimes overwhelms those around him.

"He has so much knowledge of the game that we respect that," quarterback John Stocco said. "He basically built this program from nothing."

On the sideline, Alvarez is calm.

In the locker room, he can be forceful.

"He yells and screams," defensive lineman Anttaj Hawthorne said.

Meanwhile, Alvarez has other roles. He's one of just two I-A football coaches also an athletic director.

One key to Alvarez's success has been recruiting players from across the country to chilly Madison. But how? A quote from recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, which the Badgers feature in their media guide, might tell the story.

"Alvarez is the nation's No. 1 recruiter. He is a truly honest, sincere and personable coach with a great rapport. Recruits take to him immediately, and so do their parents."

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Today, Richt meets Alvarez. Their teams are as different as their coaches. While Georgia is likely to fill the air, Wisconsin will pound away on the ground.

Regardless of today's result, both programs are in good hands.

Richt revived Georgia's program. Alvarez gave his life.

Information from the Miami Herald was used in this report.

Parking at the stadium

Cars, buses, RVs

+ 5, 6, 6D and 7 are reserved and open at 7 a.m.

+ 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 open at 8 a.m.

Additional parking

+ Tampa Bay Center mall ($10 car, 30 RV) opens at 7 a.m.

Note: There is no overnight parking available

Outback parking

Stadium general $10

RVs $25

Buses $35

Crossing Dale Mabry on foot allowed here

Anyone crossing Dale Mabry Highway on foot must use the overpass walkway at Legends Field.

Wisconsin depth chart

Offense

TB

Anthony Davis (28)

Booker Stanley (32)

FB

Matt Bernstein (45)

Greg Root (37)

K

Mike Allen (99)

Taylor Mehlhaff (10)

SE

Jonathan Orr (9)

Darrin Charles (87)

LT

Joe Thomas (72)

Andrew Weininger (70)

LG

Dan Buenning (67)

Matt Lawrence (76)

C

Donovan Raiola (53)

Jason Palermo (52)

QB

John Stocco (7)

Tyler Donovan (12)

RG

Jon Clinkscale (50)

Marcus Coleman (65)

RT

Morgan Davis (75)

Mike Lorenz (61)

TE

Owen Daniels (11)

Tony Paciotti (85)

FL

Brandon Williams (1)

Brandon White (8)

Defense

DE

Jonathan Welsh (92)

Jamal Cooper (5)

DT

Jason Jefferson (74)

Kalvin Barrett (58)

DT

Anttaj Hawthorne (77)

Justin Ostrowski (99)

DE

Erasmus James (90)

Joe Monty (95)

CB

Scott Starks (2)

Chuckie Cowans (4)

CB

Brett Bell (6)

Levonne Rowan (21)

WLB

Mark Zalewski (41)

Paul Joran (23)

MLB

Reggie Cribbs (15)

Andy Crooks (43)

SLB

Dontez Sanders (14)

LaMarr Watkins (24)

SS

Robert Brooks (42)

Johnny White (36)

FS

Jim Leonhard (18)

Roderick Rogers (22)

P

Ken DeBauche (94)

R.J. Morse (31)

Georgia depth chart

Offense

TB

Thomas Brown (20)

Danny Ware (28)

FB

Jeremy Thomas (41)

Des Williams (36)

K

Andy Bailey (93)

Brandon Coutu (96)

WE

Reggie Brown (1)

Bryan McClendon (16)

LT

Dennis Roland (66)

Daniel Inman (72)

LG

Max Jean-Gilles (74)

Russ Tanner (50)

C

Russ Tanner (50)

Ryan Schnetzner (52)

QB

David Greene (14)

D.J. Shockley (3)

RG

Nick Jones (70)

Fernando Velasco (75)

RT

Daniel Inman (72)

Ken Shackleford (79)

TE

Leonard Pope (81)

Martrez Milner (97)

FL

Fred Gibson (82)

Sean Bailey (4)

Defense

DE

Will Thompson (58)

Quentin Moses (94)

NG

Gerald Anderson (92)

Darrius Swain (78)

DT

Kedrick Golston (97)

Marquis Elmore (19)

DE

David Pollack (47)

Charles Johnson (99)

CB

DeMario Minter (2)

Thomas Flowers (29)

CB

Tim Jennings (23)

Paul Oliver (8)

WLB

Danny Verdun Wheeler (42)

Jarvis Jackson (45)

MLB

Odell Thurman (33)

Derrick White (53)

SLB

Arnold Harrison (46)

Derrick White (53)

SS

Greg Blue (17)

Kelin Johnson (30)

FS

Thomas Davis (10)

Tra Battle (25)

P

Gordon Ely-Kelso (95)

Lee Jackson (49)

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