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Updated: Wisconsin to reportedly hire Utah State coach Gary Andersen

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Earlier this season, Utah State nearly pulled an upset over Wisconsin in Madison. Perhaps sooner rather than later, the Aggies’ coach could be leading the Badgers. Maybe.

Per reports from Sports Illustrated, ESPN and the Wisconsin State-Journal, USU coach Gary Andersen has spoken with Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez for the position left vacant by Bret Bielema, who left earlier this month to take the Arkansas job.

Andersen led Utah State to an 11-2 record this season with a win over Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Only five points — a 16-14 loss to Wisconsin and a 6-3 loss to BYU — separates the Aggies from an undefeated season. Andersen is 27-24 in four years with USU. He signed an extension with the university earlier this year that would take him through 2018.

Jacksonville Jaguars assistant Mel Tucker is also considered to be a frontrunner for the job even though he said he was not interested in the job last week “at the time.” Oregon State coach Mike Riley and Miami coach Al Golden have also declined interest in the job.

Alvarez will coach the Badgers in the Rose Bowl, but has said he has no interest in returning to the sidelines as the team’s coach in 2013.

Updated 12/19 8:30 a.m. ET: Both ESPN and the Associated Press are among the outlets reporting that Gary Andersen will in fact be Wisconsin’s new head coach. An announcement likely won’t be made until Thursday.

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27 Responses to “Updated: Wisconsin to reportedly hire Utah State coach Gary Andersen”
  1. nickmiller63 says: Dec 18, 2012 9:02 PM

    You gotta see this guy’s BS about how he’s never leaving Utah State in last weekend’s Idaho Statesman. It’s rich. They all say it, but he went out of his way to crow about it. He’s even got (sniff) an Aggie tattoo!

  2. trapperjd says: Dec 18, 2012 9:42 PM

    And they hired him:

  3. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 18, 2012 10:03 PM


    It doesn’t explicitly say he was hired

  4. padraighansen says: Dec 18, 2012 10:16 PM

    Solid hire, but another HC with a tat of another school’s logo?

  5. race5kick says: Dec 18, 2012 10:17 PM

    Will the spread be coming to Madison????

  6. ronin262 says: Dec 18, 2012 10:38 PM

    Wow that is a big time hire for the Badgers! I’m sure the sky is the limit in Madison now. Urban Meyer is not going to sleep well tonight!

  7. ronin262 says: Dec 18, 2012 10:39 PM

    Please note the sarcasm in my above post….

  8. intergalacticbronco says: Dec 18, 2012 11:00 PM


    It is ironic that you throw out Urban Meyer’s name in your highbrow comment considering he too was once an up-and-coming respected, mid-major coach at a state university in Utah.

    I’m sure that is just an oversight on your part…

  9. jmuelly says: Dec 18, 2012 11:05 PM

    Lets not forget urban Meyer hired Anderson at Utah.

  10. jmuelly says: Dec 18, 2012 11:07 PM

    Lets not forget urban Meyer hired Anderson at Utah to run the defense. The same utah team Meyer dominated. Why hire a guy with no experience or a cast off from a larger program, beilema had little going prior to his hire either.

  11. brewcrewfan54 says: Dec 18, 2012 11:41 PM

    Time will tell but I like this hire.

  12. matckeeper says: Dec 19, 2012 12:48 AM

    I’m more interested in if Barry put in some language to avoid another Bielema type situation in Wisco?
    This guy should be a fine hire, but they need him to stay for a while….and they need to start finding QB’s like Russel Wilson more often so they can be contenders nationally.

  13. bender4700 says: Dec 19, 2012 12:54 AM


    Damn! hahahahahahhahaha very nice.

    Love when someone shows how short term their memory is, but love when someone smacks them down even more.

    Props to intergalacticbronco

  14. bender4700 says: Dec 19, 2012 12:58 AM

    Good hire Barry. Proven head coach, has won before. Hopefully if Neb has to hire someone soon they do the same thing. Hire a guy whos won and has experience in the captain’s chair.

  15. brewcrewfan54 says: Dec 19, 2012 1:35 AM

    Matckeeper, this is sports. Coaches leave all the time with years left on their contracts. All Barry can do is put a buyout in it and if another school wants him bad enough there’re going to pay it anyways. Barry can’t stop it and neither can any other AD out there.

  16. wolftalkblog says: Dec 19, 2012 2:45 AM

    Honestly, if we still had BB and had the choice him and GA, I would take GA. Hope it works out.

  17. wolftalkblog says: Dec 19, 2012 2:46 AM

    True that, bender..

  18. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 19, 2012 5:45 AM

    I want to believe this is a solid hire and I think it could be worse. But a 58 year old guy probably isn’t going to be in it for the long haul. I know the guy was on a staff of a lot of good Utah teams but up until this year didnt have a very good head coaching record. Only time will tell and this guy should do alright. If not welcome back to the 1980’s Badger fans!

  19. wolftalkblog says: Dec 19, 2012 7:02 AM

    GA is 48, not 58…presto, 10 more years!

  20. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 19, 2012 8:01 AM

    Boom! Back in business. Guess I gotta lay off the 5:30 Wisconsin Twitter updates.

  21. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 19, 2012 10:53 AM

    Well the Big 10 can just look da ferk out cause Anderson is twice the coach Bullema is. Great hire.

  22. wolftalkblog says: Dec 19, 2012 11:18 AM

    Amen to that…

  23. hatesycophants says: Dec 19, 2012 12:04 PM

    I like it. I like it a lot.

  24. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 19, 2012 12:11 PM


    Your confidence has made me confident in this hire. On Wisconsin!

  25. race5kick says: Dec 19, 2012 12:11 PM

    After seeing Bielema screw up the ending of Ohio State , and Penn State games maybe this guy has the balls to go for it when he has the Championship game is his back pocket.

  26. trapshoot says: Dec 19, 2012 10:13 PM

    Sounds like the Badgers got a good one.

  27. matckeeper says: Dec 20, 2012 1:56 AM

    @brewcrewfan54….I can tell I like you by your name.
    And yes, I understand this is sports….however, this is college sports, much different than professional sports.
    These coaches promise kids (yes kids, remember how mature we all were/are at 16,17,18) the world on these recruiting visits and will leave them in the dust in a heart beat.
    College football is the worst mix of business and sport in the history of sports. Ala the BCS, the Conference change insanity, etc., etc., etc.

    But I do agree, this is the ‘sport’ of college football today.

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