Blank called it an “excellent answer”.

“So I thought, this is really the person for the next 10, 20 years in Wisconsin,” she said.

Blank opened a nationwide search on April 7, appointing nine people to a search committee that met four times in closed sessions to discuss a pool of 35 applicants.

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Former UW assistant sports director Sean Frazier, now AD in Northern Illinois, said he interviewed himself for the position. Ball State sporting director Beth Goetz was also considered a finalist.

The final decision was made by Blank, who said any of the finalists could have been selected. McIntosh stood out from them, she said.

“Chris is a leader,” said Blank. “I am confident that he will build on Coach Alvarez’s legacy of success and make our alumni and fans across the state and around the world proud.”

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A native of Pewaukee, McIntosh played offensive line for the Badgers from 1996 to 1999 and was a first-round NFL draft pick. After his career as a player and jobs in the health and wellness industry, he joined the administration of the sports department in 2014. In July 2017 he was promoted to deputy sports director.

McIntosh is expected to make $ 940,000 annually on a five-year contract, according to a UW official. Of this, $ 500,000 is base salary and $ 440,000 from private donation funds dedicated to athletics held by the UW Foundation. Alvarez earned a combined $ 1.55 million annually.