December 21, 2014

Andersen leaves Wisconsin after just two years on the job (Video)

Barry Alvarez press conference

Barry Alvarez press conference

For just the second time in the last three years, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez will spend the holiday season looking for a new head football coach.  He must also consider whether he’ll accept the seniors invitation to coach the Badgers in the New Years Day Outback Bowl after Gary Andersen said he’s leaving Wisconsin after just two seasons on the job.

Andersen has accepted the head coaching position at Oregon State, replacing Mike Riley who left the school to take over at Nebraska.  Oregon State plans to introduce Andersen at a news conference on Friday.  Anderson told Alvarez he was leaving Madison for family reasons.

Alvarez certainly didn’t see this coming.  But what’s somewhat concerning is that Wisconsin has all of a sudden become a stepping stone job.  Alvarez will be looking to change that with his next coaching hire.

The Wisconsin athletic director said he wants to find a new coach with head coaching experience.  He said it has to be a good fit for Wisconsin and Badger nation is hopeful the next coach will be somebody that wants to stick around for a while. [Read more…]

WRN Sports Daily (Video)

In today’s WRN Sports Daily, I take a look at the departure of Wisconsin Badger QB Danny O’Brien.

It’s hard to call this a failure on Bret Bielema’s part.  He struck gold with Russell Wilson and with the Badgers quarterback depth lacking, Bielema figured he’d try again.

Even though it didn’t pan out, it was hardly a wasted effort.

O’Brien found himself well down the depth chart and decided to cut his ties with the Badger football program.  He has one year of eligibility left elsewhere and he should use it to have a shot at playing some place, rather than sit on the bench in Madison.

James says he’ll be a Badger

Brookfield East standout Alec James is a big key in Wisconsin‘s incoming football recruiting class, but the coaching change from Bret Bielema to Gary Anderson left some doubt as to whether James would stick with the Badgers.

Nothing is official until the papers are signed next week, but it appears James will be a Badger after reaffirming his commitment to the UW this week.

After Bielema left, James had re-opened recruiting talks and was considering Oregon and Michigan State.  But it’s the Badgers that appear to have won the recruiting battle for James.

 

Wisconsin takes on Stanford in the Rose Bowl (AUDIO)

Barry Alvarez

Barry Alvarez

When Wisconsin took care of Nebraska 70-31 in the Big Ten title game December 1st, little did we know what the 2013 Rose Bowl would like for the Badgers.  Three days after punching a third straight ticket to Pasadena, Wisconsin found themselves without a coach as Bret Bielema bolted Madison for Arkansas.  With no coach to lead the program, the King of the Rose Bowl, Barry Alvarez, stepped up to the plate and will lead the Badgers against #6 Stanford today in the 99th edition of the Rose Bowl.

Alverez led Wisconsin to Rose Bowl victories in 1994, 1999, and 2000 during his 16-years as Head Coach of the Badgers.  It has been 7-years since Alvarez last coached a game for Wisconsin, a 24-10 victory over Auburn in the Capital One Bowl.  In the 11-bowls Barry coached the Badgers, Wisconsin was 8-3 with a 3-0 mark in the Rose Bowl.  Alvarez doesn’t believe a lot has changed since he last put on the head set…

AUDIO: Barry Alvarez thinks nothing has changed in 7-years out of coaching :13

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Badgers set to hire new coach (Update) (AUDIO)

According to a source, Utah State’s Gary Anderson is expected to fly into

Gary Anderson

Madison today.  Because of a 2-week waiting period from the time the job was posted, Anderson can’t be officially hired as the new head football coach of the Wisconsin Badgers until Thursday.

Because of a large winter storm that is going to hit the state on Thursday, Anderson may not be introduced as the Badgers new coach until possibly Friday.   

Anderson led his Aggies to a 11-2 season, including a season ending 41-15 rout of Toledo on Saturday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho.

Wisconsin radio voice Mike Lucas said, Andersen’s background as a defensive coach likely appealed to athletic director Barry Alvarez, a former defensive coordinator and linebackers coach himself.

Following is my conversation this morning with Mike Lucas about the Gary Anderson decision.

AUDIO: Bill Scott with Mike Lucas on the Badger football coaching decision 9:00