Head football coach Gary Andersen has informed the Wisconsin football team at a team meeting this afternoon that he is taking the head coaching job at Oregon State University. Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez has immediately started a national search for a new head football coach.
“I began working to find a new head coach as soon as I spoke with Gary this morning,” Alvarez said. “My first concern is taking care of the players on the current team, especially the senior class, and ensuring that their bowl experience is a memorable one. I will find a head coach to uphold the great tradition at Wisconsin, someone who is committed to excellence both on and off the field.
Alvarez is scheduled to meet with the media at a news conference today (5:15 p.m. at Camp Randall Stadium).
Andersen was hired by Barry Alvarez to replace Bret Bielema, who left to take the head job at Arkansas.
The Badgers (10-3) are scheduled to play Auburn Jan. 1 in the Outback Bowl at Tampa, Florida.
Andersen is scheduled to be introduced at a press conference in Corvallis on Friday afternoon.