The announcement is not expected until tomorrow, but the Wisconsin Badgers will reportedly hire Utah State Football Coach Gary Andersen to take over the Badgers Football program. After Bret Bielema vacated the UW head coaching position opting for Arkansas, athletic director Barry Alvarez has been interviewing a list of possible candidates.
Andersen led the Aggies to their first bowl victory in 19 years, a 41-15 win over Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Utah State played Wisconsin this season and the Aggies nearly upset the Badgers. The game was Utah State's to win but a missed 37 yard field goal as time expired sailed wide right for the Aggies kicker. UW held on to a 16-14 win.
In four years at Utah State, Andersen compiled a record of (27-24). In 2012, the Aggies went (11-2). Their losses included the heartbreaker at Wisconsin and a 6-3 loss against BYU.
Prior to 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.