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Wisconsin grants Andersen five-year, $10 mil contract

Wisconsin Coach Football AP

A little less than a month after being named Wisconsin’s new head coach, Gary Andersen has a new contract. Provided he signs it, that is.

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents approved three contracts on Friday for Andersen, new offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. Specifically, Andersen will make $10 million over five years. That salary breaks down into $1.8 million initially made up of a base salary of $400,000 with annual raises of $100,000.

Ludwig and Aranda have two-year deals worth $480,000 annually with base salaries at $300,000. Per the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, that represents a significant increase from what former Badger coordinators Matt Canada and Chris Ash were paid ($265,000) in 2012. One of Bret Bielema‘s concerns before taking the Arkansas job was the compensation his assistants received.

It appears Wisconsin has addressed that concern, at least to start, with Andersen and his two coordinators.

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9 Responses to “Wisconsin grants Andersen five-year, $10 mil contract”
  1. pdcooper08 says: Jan 19, 2013 9:53 PM

    To bad the board of regents couldn’t have somehow had this meeting say two months ago. Perhaps they would have kept their coaching staff and who knows, maybe won ther Rose Bowl game.

  2. jodave5 says: Jan 20, 2013 12:32 AM

    Missed my calling….saw the other day the Kansas State Defensive Line coach went to Oklahoma State. At KSU, he was making $255,000. He’s a D-line coach, not even a coordinator and he’s making $255k???? No wonder no one can afford to put their kids through college….

  3. kdbroom says: Jan 20, 2013 7:59 AM


    Your comment shows that you know absolutely nothing about the revenue sources used to fund coaching salaries.

  4. spreadthecheese says: Jan 20, 2013 9:43 AM


    Are you serious? I was fully expecting a Stanford blowout. You’re lucky Wisconsin still has Alvarez. Alvarez proved he’s still got it and gave Stanford a game.

  5. pdcooper08 says: Jan 20, 2013 10:34 AM

    I was expecting that as well, stanford cost me money. My point was, if you can keep your coaching staff intact, you stand a much better chance of winning your bowl game. Now since Stanford played less then inspiring, I have to think the badgers would have played better that day had the coaching situation been more stable. Just saying.

  6. redbearwoodall says: Jan 20, 2013 11:32 AM

    Careful, this snake just signed a long-term contract with USU, then bolted a soon as a better job was available. Contracts in college football mean nothing.

  7. beedubyatoo says: Jan 20, 2013 8:18 PM

    The Badgers lost 2 Rose Bowls in the years prior to this year. Bielema was the coach in those two years. The guy’s a bum. Goodbye, good riddence.

  8. pdcooper08 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:02 PM

    My bad, I thought the guy was liked. I get the feeling no one is disappointed he’s gone. Sorry for opening up old wounds.

  9. barackfan says: Jan 21, 2013 8:56 PM

    No wonder they charge four dollars for a bottle of water.

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