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Gary Andersen, Utah State. Has no connection whatsoever to Wisconsin or the Midwest. This would be a really strange hire, though after BOB I've learned not to judge any hire right off the bat.
“We’re doing things we couldn’t imagine,” says safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong. “But we’re doing them together.”
He's a good coach. Solid hire by Wisconsin, IMO.
Didn't he just sign an extension? Means nothing apparently. I know zero about this dude. So can't really weigh in on if it's good or not.
So he was the DC at Utah when Utah was good. He took a pretty bad Utah State team and went 11-2 this year. I guess they could have done worse.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by blackshoes 19 months ago
If this is true LMFAO at this article.
“Opportunities are wonderful. It was very humbling the last three or four weeks to go through that process and be involved in jobs. You learn a lot, but you also learn a lot about yourself and where you want to be,” Andersen said this week.
“And you sit back and take a deep breath and know who you want to be able to be around. I love the kids I get to coach here. … The kids I have in the program, it just was not time. I look them in the eye and I need to be where I’m at.”
A WAC championship and back-to-back bowl appearances at Utah State earned coach Gary Andersen a one-way ticket to a job in the Pac-12.
He's a pretty good coach, but would be a pretty odd hire for Wisconsin. Not necessarily bad, but the fit seems weird. We'll see what happens.
Why are you laughing at this? He should have beaten Wisky this year if his FG kicker didn't go Ficken versus UVA. Anderson has done a very nice job with Utah State. Maybe not the name, but he is a solid hire, if this is the case.
He is laughing because the coach was quoted saying he looked his current players in eyes and vowed to stay.... just before jumped ship. Scumbag move....
What is he supposed to say? I'm thinking about leaving you kids but I don't know for sure if I will get another job offer???
These coaches are put in impossible situations.
Apparently any coach who beat or came close to beating Bielema was in the running, eh?
I think this is a really good hire. This guy can flat out coach.
Did you read the article? It's just glowing about how much he loves the program and the team and the state of Utah and blah blah blah. Another Quote, but seriously click the link.
He consulted with Boise State coach Chris Petersen, who has spurned bigger schools to remain in Boise, before deciding to remain at Utah State.
“I understand why he’s stayed and it’s very familiar territory in the way my mind works, which to be frank with you, it blow people’s minds. There’s a lot of people out there who think he’s crazy for staying at times. I’ve never felt that,” Andersen said. “A lot of people have told me I’m crazy, but I don’t feel that.”
Say something like.... "I love Utah State and I love coaching football and when I got into this profession it was to coach at the highest level. I really hope that opportunity is at Utah State but if an opportunity comes along that will help me reach my goal I'm going to take it just like I hope my players would do the same if presented with an opportunity that would help them reach their ultimate goal. But while I'm here at Utah State I'm going to try like hell to make it a place where we can compete for a national title." .... I would respect a guy that said this so much more. I don't mind jumping jobs to further a career as long as your honest about it.
This post was edited by blackshoes 19 months ago
What makes you say that? I can remember watching when Utah State almost beat Wisconsin but I don't remember much about it. What type of offensive and defensive schemes does he run? Anyone know what kind of recruiter he is?
Dominate The State
I'm not going to pretend to know whether this guy is going to get it done or not at Wisconsin. But I'm glad it appears he has no recruiting ties to PA or surrounding areas. And he's not Nick Saban. Sounds good to me. Happy Happy Happy.
Bringing his spread O to Wisky?
"Whoever’s trying to kill me isn’t getting the job done. But one day, I’m going to punch that f___r in the face."
Andersen is one hell of a coach. The job he has done at Utah State has been nothing short of incredible.
Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS
I think the biggest question in the near term is how he will recruit and putting together a staff.
BOB's hire taught me not to make snap judgements about hires. With that said I don't think you can look at his track record and assume this guy will be successful.
Congratulation to Wisconsin. Great hire in my opinion. He can ovb'ly coach, i mean if you can win at Utah State, then you are def'ly a good coach. Best of luck to him at Wisconsin!
This post was edited by PKG 19 months ago
lol no one with a brain is going to say that. How the heck is anyone supposed to recruit to their school being on record with that statement? Sorry, it's the nature of the business. Everyone always makes a big ta-do about coaches "lying". It's almost a necessity until the new contract is signed and they are sitting in their new office.
We'll see. I just looked at his career record and this year was the only good year he had at Utah State. He was 7-6 last year and 4-8 the previous 2 seasons so I'm not going to annoint him as the next Urban Meyer or Nick Saban just yet. He may end up being great for Wisconsin but he could end up falling flat on his face as well. A lot of people thought Rich Rodriguez could coach as well but how did that work out for Michigan.
Maybe so. But at the same time, you need to give a coach 3-4 seasons in order to get his players into the system and start running it. Those records show improvement to me.
Hard to say. The Big Ten isn't exactly a dominant conference anymore, but it's still possible that he'll struggle. It's possible he'll do really well, too. I'm interested to see how Wisconsin does with this hire.
IMO, the most interesting thing is what type of offense Anderson will install (he is a defensive guy). Will he move away from the power run game and towards a spread?
His current OC, Matt Wells is a very promising young offensive coordinator (UT state finished 23 in total offense and 34 in total scoring in 2012) and a huge reason why the team has been able to turn it around. He is definitely a passing-game friendly coach (previous stops were as WR coach, QB coach, Passing game coordinator at). You would think Wells would follow Anderson and install the spread.
Excellant hire IMO.
He inherited a team that won a total of 3 games in the two years before he took over, and won only 12 games in the 5 previous years. They hadn't had a winning record since the 90s and hadn't won a conference title since the 1930s. He turned around an historically bad program very quickly
This post was edited by MDS99 19 months ago
So I'm assuming they run the spread on offense? What about defense? What scheme? How does everyone think those schemes fit with Wisconsin's personnel? I have a hard time believing they have the players to run the spread effectively but I could be wrong.
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