Gary Andersen was officially introduced as the next head coach at Wisconsin this morning. While he will be in Pasadena when the Badgers take on Stanford in the Rose Bowl, Andersen will not have any coaching responsibilities. Instead, he will be there to observe and evaluate his future players.
Andersen becomes the 29th head coach in Wisconsin football history. He spent the past four seasons as head coach at Utah State, taking over a struggling program and built it into one that went 11-2 this past season. The new Badgers coach says he is grateful and humbled to make Madison the next stop in his coaching career. Andersen says when Barry Alvarez called, he knew he wanted to come to Madison.
"Coach Alvarez didn't have to make any pitch to this guy, I'll tell you that. The pitch was made when I was here, spent 3 hours out on that field a long time ago," said Andersen. "I wouldn't say I was shocked. I guess if I felt like I was shocked, I wouldn't be ready to take this job and so shocked is not the right word, excited."
"During the interview process, Walter Dickey and Sean Frasier were with me and as we left, Walter Dickey made the comment "If I had a blindfold on, I would've thought that was you. answering the questions" That's how our philosophies and our beliefs have meshed," says Wisconsin athletic director, Barry Alvarez.