In late January, Wisconsin announced that the school had reached an agreement with Gary Andersen on a contract extension that included an unspecified bump in pay. Exactly two months later, the financial particulars have been released.
UW announced Monday evening that its board of regents has approved a new compensation package for its head football coach. Andersen, who earned $1.8 million in 2013, will make $2.2 million in 2014, with $100,000 annual increases through the life of a contract that runs through the 2018 season.
The school made sure to note in its release that “[t]he increase will not be funded with tax or tuition dollars.”
In his first season with the Badgers after four years at Utah State, Andersen led UW to a 9-4 record and a berth in the Capitol One Bowl. Nearly three weeks after UW announced a new deal for Andersen, the coach acknowledged that he had been contacted by the Cleveland Browns in mid-January regarding that NFL club’s coaching vacancy.
UW athletic director Barry Alvarez claimed in a statement that talks on a new deal began before the NFL interest surfaced, but did state that said interest reaffirmed his efforts to tweak the coach’s contract. Here’s Alvarez’s statement, in its entirety:
“I first began to consider an adjustment to Coach Andersen’s compensation package toward the end of the 2013 season,” Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said. “I felt then, and now, that he did an excellent job not only with the team’s on-field performance, but also in developing a program that puts the student-athletes first in all aspects. He has quickly become someone that Badger fans have rallied around and identified with.
“Then some weeks later, as has been reported, the Cleveland Browns approached Coach Andersen about their vacant head coaching position. Gary did not ask directly or even imply that his salary should be increased, but that only re-affirmed my thoughts about adjusting his compensation.
“I’ve always believed that we should do what we can to keep good coaches in our department and that is why I wanted to take this proactive approach with Coach Andersen.”