October 25, 2014

Report says Wisconsin to hire Utah State’s Anderson

The Wisconsin State Journal is reporting tonight that Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez has picked Utah State football coach

Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson to replace Bret Bielema as the next head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers.

Anderson is reportedly informing his staff of his decision to leave on Tuesday night.

Anderson led his 18th ranked Aggies to a WAC Championship and a 11-2 finish overall.  They beat Toledo 41-15 on Saturday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho.

Wisconsin faced Utah State earlier this season, pulling out a 16-14 win over the Aggies in September at Camp Randall Stadium. 

Anderson can’t be officially announced as Wisconsin’s next coach until at least Thursday, due to a two-week waiting period mandated by the state of Wisconsin after a job is posted.  The state is expecting a big winter storm on that day, which could impact the timing of the announcement. 

Utah State ranked 8th nationally in scoring defense, allowing 15.4 points a game, and 15th in total defense, surrendering 322.1 yards per game.

The Aggies ranked 33rd in scoring offense, averaging 34.9 points per game and No. 23 in total offense, averaging 469.1 yards per game.

The Badgers are getting ready to face Stanford in the New Years Day Rose Bowl game in Pasadena.