Wow, that wasn't even buried in the body copy. That was the slug. And it still isn't fixed.
Gary Andersen (previously of Utah St) to coach Wisconsin
I'm not sure mills go back and forth. Pretty sure they go 'round. Even as a metaphor.
Not in Wisconsin. They have those new fangled back and forth mills.
a lots a mills ya see. We are the back woods of the north.
I was wondering how long it would take either of the two primary Badger posters to respond to this. Figured you wouldn't want to go outside and turn the generator crank on the ol' www internet thang on a cold winter night. You must be 10 beers warm already. Said in true love of all my Wisconsin acquaintances.
did it snow today, but it is the middle of finals. I just finished my own and am now drinking/prepping for my review session for my calc 2 class, so not a good time for big news to break.
That darn life stuff always getting in the way of important sports news. Doesn't life understand priorities? Good luck on your finals. Don't miss those days at all.
Just another example of the Big Ten getting cheap in finding new coaches. Sorry, but the former coach of Utah State does not sound remotely intimidating.
Then again, neither did Brady Hoke when we hired him. Hopefully it'll work out for the best.
Gary Andersen was DC of the Utah team that beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl
Seriously?? Why do these top tier schools not pay worth a shit in comparison?
He put the hurt on Toledo in the Idaho Potato Bowl, but you can't put much stock in it. Toledo was down their starting QB, starting RB and the nation's leading tackler.
And they are Toledo. The type of team that isn't the Steelers and puts something different on each side of their helmet.
It was like 13-9 late in the 4th quarter, and then Toledo got winded or something and just couldn't stop Utah State's running back anymore who just kept breaking big run after big run just running out the clock.
Has no real commentary on the hire, but that was a strange game.
now that sounds just like a Wisconsin team.
I get drunk and stop obessively checking Bucky's fifth quarter! DAMN YOU UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN FINALS SCHEDULE!!!
1) Good hire as Anderson has rebuilt the state of Utah's 'third school' with little to work with. He now has Wisconsin's facilities and the momentum of 3 consecutive Rose Bowls so the potential is unlimited!
2) This ensures Urban and the Poisonous Nuts will win the Leaders Division every year.
We're going to keep the streak (of BIG champ games, not rose bowls - Michigan will be winning those) alive!
Without division realignment they will walk away with it every year, IMO. Said this the day they were announced and now it is even more so due to one of the only two decent teams over there being nuked for a decade. Heck, one could argue that Wizzy is not the threat on their side that they should be anymore. When Delany was looking out for the "Big 2", whether on purpose or not he threw osu in with an old power that has been average (psu), a consistent threat but rarely dominant Wizzy and then scrubs. Michigan got a few teams in that Wizzy mold, an old power that has been a good team but still not at their old glory (Neb), a team in NW that can beat anyone if you have a bad day and, IMO, one sure fire perennial scrub. Michigan, of the "Big 2", got the harder division and it's not even close.
Hope this doesn't get too critical, but at late point in my evening this had me wondering, would Brady Hoke (whom I admire) have gotten hired without those two years at SDSU? I saw someone say the BIG has been on the low end of coaching hires recently but aside from
Beckmann there aren't many MAC coaches in the B10, no?
Todd Beckmann- Illinois (Toledo)
Jerry Kill- Minnesota (NIU)
Darrell Hazell- Purdue (Kent State)
Kevin Wilson- Indiana (Oklahoma OC)
Bill O'Brien- Penn State (New England OC)
Brady Hoke- Michigan (SDSU)
Urban Meyer- Ohio State (Florida)
Pat Fitzgerald- Northwestern (Northwestern LB's)
Kirk Ferentz- Iowa (Cleveland OL)
Gary Anderson- Wisconsin (Utah State)
Bo Pelini- Nebraska (Nebraska DC)
Mark Dantonio- Michigan State (Cincinnati)
Wasn't Bo Pelini DC at LSU prior to taking the HC job at UNL?
You and M-Wolverine are both right with your corrections. Protip: use the right sidebar on Wikipedia instead of the actual article. Apparently I got lazy and didn't check my work last night.
And it be completely fair, Meyer's last job was "ABC/ESPN", because if he was still at Florida, he wouldn't be coaching Ohio State now.
Nice hire. Too bad it's at Wisconsin.... I was really hoping they'd screw it up, but no such luck.
I don't know if this is a good hire or if their AD is just trying to win a pissing contest. A coaching hire is usually decided on tradition, do you like to argue with rival AD's or are you trying to win a pissing contest. Hmmm...
It doesn't seem like it is particularly easy to go 11-2 and turn around a program that has been in and out of conferences periodically for many years (including two stints as an independent team and one in the Sun Belt), but Andersen managed this, and did just about as quickly as anyone could have. Utah State is also a bit off the beaten path, which seems to make great recruiting difficult, so I think coaching may come into play even more, so there's evidence here that he's pretty good.
I wonder how much of his staff comes with him actually - I know Alvarez said that the style wouldn't change offensively, or something to this effect, but yet they hire someone who at least had spread elements in his offense. It will be interesting to see how they line up under Andersen.
The most interesting piece of the hire is watching how he inserts his spread system at Wisconsin. If Michigan fans couldn't get behind it, I don't know how Wisconsin fans do. They were more "MANBALL" on offense than pretty much any other team in the B1G and maybe the country. It'll definitely be a big transition if he decides to bring the spread to Wisconsin.
Also, how the heck is he going to recruit the Midwest coming from Utah? Does he have previous ties to the Midwest (kind of like Hoke did)?
His recruiting base here in Utah has always been getting the big Polynesians to play some FOOBAW. I can't imagine that following him to the Midwest. He also has a considerable amount of 21-YO return missionary Mormons, and kids who can play from the valley that like to walk on to the program. I really wonder what his recruiting will look like there.
Gary Andersen knows Defense. Prior to Utah State, he was a BIG asset for the Univ of Utah's Kyle Whittingham. Prior to Utah State, he helped Utah to become a good enough team to be admitted to the Pac 12. For those unfamiliar with Utah State, they have been a tire fire for a number of years, and he turned them around very quickly. That's not easy to do when you have BYU and Utah in the same state, fighting for recruits. Good hire for the Badgers.
Andersen did take a team with average talent and dismantle Toledo in a bowl game. He's done a good job of turning USU into a decent team. He's one of those solid guys that Wiscy seems to like. I don't know how he will react to being micro-managed by Alvarez, though.
Am a little surprised no one has considered Andersen's potential impact on our MANBALL shift.
While Andersen is a great defensive coach, the run D innovation his DC Dave Aranda has pioneered may actually work in our favor. Looking forward to Brian breaking the Xs & Os down next season.
People here in Logan are pissed. Just a couple weeks ago (a few days before the Bowl of Idaho Potatoes that became Famous) GA came out and said he's sticking around. He has 2 kids on the team (1 committed), said time and again that the money has nothing to do with his decision, even after getting offers from Cal and Colorado. USU is historically atrocious, and getting a coach to turn around the program from literally bottom 3 in the nation to 11-2 and 8 points total from being undefeated (lost by missed field goals @Wisky and BYU) in 4 years brought some new air into Cache Valley. He's a helluva coach.
don't like Wisconsin