The University of Wisconsin officially introduced Gary Andersen as the 29th head coach of the football team Friday morning. Andersen comes to the Badgers from Utah State, where he had an overall record of 26-24. That includes this past season, when Andersen’s Aggies had their most successful season. Utah State was 11-2, won the WAC title (the program’s first outright conference title since 1936) and beat Toledo 41-15 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Despite all the success he had this past season at Utah State, Andersen jumped at the chance to be the next head coach at Wisconsin…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/ANDERSEN1.mp3|titles=ANDERSEN1]
Andersen takes over at Wisconsin for Bret Bielema, who left a little over two weeks ago to become the head coach at Arkansas. On his way out of Madison, Bielema said that he was leaving so he could try and win a National Championship. Andersen was asked if that is a realistic goal for the Badgers…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/ANDERSEN6.mp3|titles=ANDERSEN6]
To be able to win a National Championship, a team almost certainly has to recruit on a national level. While he plans on keeping the best players in the state of Wisconsin at home, Coach Andersen feels that he and his assistants will be able to recruit anywhere…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/ANDERSEN4.mp3|titles=ANDERSEN4]
Andersen’s Utah State team ran a spread offense, something that is close to the opposite end of the spectrum when compared to Wisconsin’s offense. Andersen does not plan on reinventing the wheel with the Badgers…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/ANDERSEN5.mp3|titles=ANDERSEN5]
Andersen hopes to be able to put his “stamp” on the football program at the University of Wisconsin. He was asked what that “stamp” will be…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/ANDERSEN7.mp3|titles=ANDERSEN7]
While he is excited to get to work at his new job, Andersen realizes that the Badgers still have some work to do this season…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/ANDERSEN2.mp3|titles=ANDERSEN2]
Wisconsin’s Rose Bowl matchup with Stanford can be heard January 1st, 2013 on 93.9 FM WDOR.