Two days after reports first surfaced that Gary Andersen was taking over for Bret Bielema at Wisconsin, Andersen has officially taken over for Bielema.
In a press release Thursday evening, UW athletic director Barry Alvarez announced the obvious, naming Andersen as the Badgers’ next head football coach. Andersen will be officially introduced at an 11 a.m. ET press conference Friday morning that will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
Andersen is expected to earn in the neighborhood of $1.8 million at UW; at USU last season, he earned $415,000. In Bielema’s final season with the Badgers, and before taking the Arkansas job, he made $2.64 million.
Here’s a portion of UW’s announcement of the Andersen hiring that deals with their new coach’s recent — and successful — history with the Aggies:
Andersen becomes the 29th head coach in Wisconsin football history. He spent the previous four seasons as the head coach at Utah State, leading the Aggies to a 26-24 record. In 2012, Utah State had the most successful season in school history, winning a school-record 11 games, going undefeated in the WAC and capturing its first outright league title since 1936. The Aggies defeated Toledo, 41-15, to win the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Here’s one more note on how Andersen exited USU, which should be required reading for every future head coach who decides to take a better job:
“Utah State coach Gary Andersen called every one of his players after news broke, going to Badgers. Took till 2:30 am. 106 calls or so.”
In other words, the anti-Todd Graham. Very, very classy, Coach Andersen. Amazing we have to applaud adults for doing things the adult way, though.
Jim Harbaugh clarifies comments on Colin Kaepernick anthem controversy
Via social media, Jim Harbaugh has attempted to walk back some of his strong talk.
Monday, the Michigan head coach was asked to comment on one of his former San Francisco 49er players, Colin Kaepernick, who kicked up quite the controversy this past week by sitting down during the playing of the national anthem to protest what he believes to be the mistreatment of African-Americans in this country. Not surprisingly, the outspoken Harbaugh didn’t mince many words.
As it turns out, Pankey won’t be alone on the suspension sidelines as WVMetroNews.com is reporting that linebacker Xavier Preston will be suspended for the opener as well. No reason has been given for the punitive measure, and the football program has yet to confirm it.
The third-year sophomore would be eligible to return for the Sept. 10 Youngstown State game.
Preston played in 13 games last season. He has been described as the heir apparent to Nick Kwiatkowski at outside linebacker for the Mountaineers.
Jim Harbaugh doesn’t respect Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit anthem out
The latest sports controversy has reached college football’s borders.
Colin Kaepernick, as you might have heard, kicked up quite the controversy last week by declining to stand during the playing of the National Anthem prior to a San Francisco 49ers preseason game. The former Nevada quarterback’s words explaining to sit the anthem out served to add fuel to the raging firestorm.
“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody. I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”
Kaepernick has spent his entire NFL career with the 49ers, and his first coach at the professional level was Jim Harbaugh. Now the head coach at Michigan, Harbaugh was asked Monday about Kaepernick, who helped lead Harbaugh’s club to the NFC championship game in 2013, and his decision to sit on the bench while the anthem played.
“I acknowledge his right to do that,” Harbaugh said according mlive.com. “But I don’t respect the motivation or the action.”
While more forceful and tinged with personal opinion, Harbaugh’s comments are somewhat in line those made by a former Oregon Ducks head coach who’s now in charge of the 49ers.
“We recognize his right to do that,” Chip Kelly said according to the Sacramento Bee. “It’s not our right to tell him not to do something. That’s his right as a citizen.”