Friday, 21 December 2012

It's official, Andersen is new Wisconsin coach

FILE - This Sept. 7, 2012 file photo shows Utah State football head coach Gary Andersen shouting at his team during the second quarter of an NCCA football game against Utah, in Logan, Utah. Andersen probably could be settling into a new job right now at a more prominent Division I program, making bigger bucks with more highly touted recruits. Instead, the coach of the 18th-ranked Aggies is gearing up to play Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

FILE - This Sept. 7, 2012 file photo shows Utah State football head coach Gary Andersen shouting at his team during the second quarter of an NCCA football game against Utah, in Logan, Utah. Andersen probably could be settling into a new job right now at a more prominent Division I program, making bigger bucks with more highly touted recruits. Instead, the coach of the 18th-ranked Aggies is gearing up to play Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

(AP) ? Gary Andersen is Wisconsin's new football coach.

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez made the announcement Thursday, and Andersen's official introduction will come Friday morning. The 48-year-old Andersen just completed his fourth and best season at Utah State. The 18th-ranked Aggies finished 11-2 with a bowl victory over Toledo and won the Western Athletic Conference.

Andersen had also drawn interest from California, Colorado and Kentucky last month, but decided to pass on those opportunities and received a contract extension from Utah State. But the offer from Wisconsin, a team his Aggies nearly beat this season, was too tempting.

Andersen replaces Bret Bielema, who left Wisconsin for Arkansas on Dec. 4, three days after the Badgers won the Big Ten title and a school-record third straight trip to the Rose Bowl.

Associated Press

Source: http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/347875155d53465d95cec892aeb06419/Article_2012-12-20-T25-Wisconsin-Coach/id-00e043ec4e28478ead63de11afa593a7

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