The Wisconsin Badgers are set to play in the Rose Bowl next month, but they’re in a bit of an awkward jam. Former head coach Bret Bielema left town for the Arkansas job earlier this month, meaning over the Badgers next two games they will have two different head coaches. Badger legend Barry Alvarez is going to take on coaching duties during the Rose Bowl, but after the there’s a giant question mark as to who will be the coach when next season starts.
We apparently have an answer as sources have told ESPN Wisconsin will hire former Utah State head coach Gary Andersen as their new man in charge.
Andersen is hot off an 11-2 season with Utah State, a season that ended with Andersen being on the right side of a 41-15 bowl blowout in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Andersen wasn’t the first candidate to be interviewed by the Badgers as Jacksonville Jaguars assistant Mel Tucker was brought in on December 14th. Alvarez also reached out to Bowling Green head coach Dave Clawson on December 10th as well as pursuing Iowa State head coach Paul Rhodes, Oregon State head coach Mike Riley and Miami head honcho Al Golden. Rhodes, Riely and Golden declined to take interest in the Wisconsin job any further than politely saying no thank you to Alvarez.
Andersen’s announcement as the new head coach of the Badgers is expected to come Thursday.