From the outside looking in, it certainly appears BA likes to micro-manage and have his way. I believe you are 100% correct in labeling this as a "puppet hire".
Wisconsin will never score a big name hire as long as Alvarez is AD. I think the fact that Alvarez is coming back to coach the Rose Bowl tells you just how enmeshed he is in the football program. The HC doesn't call the shots up here. It's all Alvarez. People in Madison think Barry is the second coming of Jesus and don't see how having him as AD is actually going to hurt the quality of coach they can bring in. No one wants to come here and work as a glorified assistant for Barry. If Anderson has success, I'm sure he will jump ship to a place where he has more autonomy ASAP. That's why Brett left.
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