Former Utah State Aggies’ Gary Andersen, who guided this team to their first bowl win in 19 years, will be named Wisconsin Badgers’ new coach, according to what YouWager has learned.
The earliest a state job with the Badgers can be filled is two weeks after the job’s posting, which means coach Andersen can’t be officially announced by the school until Thursday.
Just yesterday the Wisconsin State Journal reported that two sources close to Wisconsin’s program said Andersen was athletic director Barry Alvarez’s top choice to succeed Bret Bielema, who left to coach the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Alvarez is very much familiar with Andersen. On Sept. 15, Utah State nearly upset Wisconsin, but lost 16-14 when kicker Josh Thompson missed a 37-yard field goal in the final seconds.
In four years with the Aggies, the Utah native Andersen was 27-24, including this season’s 11-2 mark. This NCAA football team nearly went unbeaten, losing only to the Badgers and and the BYU Cougars, 6-3.
Andersen led the Aggies to their first college football bowl win in 19 seasons on Saturday, a 41-15 triumph over the Toledo Rockets in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Before coaching Utah State, Andersen was an assistant at Utah from 2004-08 (defensive coordinator from 2005-08), head coach at Southern Utah in 2003 and an assistant at Utah from 1997-2002.
In addition to Andersen, others linked to the Badgers opening included Miami’s Al Golden, Oregon State’s Mike Riley, then-Western Kentucky coach Willie Taggart, Wisconsin defensive coordinator Chris Ash and Jacksonville Jaguars assistant Mel Tucker.