Wednesday, December 19 2012, 09:07 AM MST
USU Football Coach Gary Andersen Rumored To Be New Wisconsin Coach
(KUTV) The Wisconsin State Journal is reporting that Utah State Head Coach Gary Andersen is the top candidate to replace Brett Bilemma at the University of Wisconsin.
In a published article, it said Andersen interviewed with Badger AD Barry Alvarez on Monday. Sources say Andersen is expected to be introduced in Madison on Thursday.
The earliest a state job in Wisconsin can be filled is two weeks after the job's posting, meaning Andersen can't be officially announced by the school until Thursday.
The Wisconsin State Journal reported Tuesday that two sources close to the Badgers program said Andersen was athletic director Barry Alvarez's top choice to succeed Bret Bielema, who left to take the Arkansas job.
Alvarez certainly is familiar with Andersen. On Sept. 15, the Aggies nearly upset the Badgers, but lost 16-14 when kicker Josh Thompson missed a 37-yard field goal in the final seconds.
In four years at Utah State, Andersen was 27-24, including this season's 11-2 mark. The Aggies nearly went unbeaten, losing only to Wisconsin and BYU, 6-3.
Andersen led Utah State to its first bowl victory in 19 seasons on Saturday, a 41-15 triumph over Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Prior to Utah State, Andersen was an assistant at Utah from 2004-08 (defensive coordinator from 2005-08), head coach at Southern Utah in 2003 and an assistant at Utah from 1997-2002.
Besides Andersen, others linked to the Wisconsin opening included Miami's Al Golden, Oregon State's Mike Riley, then-Western Kentucky coach Willie Taggart, Wisconsin defensive coordinator Chris Ash and Jacksonville Jaguars assistant Mel Tucker.