Wisconsin's athletic program took in $101M last year, more than BYU ($48M)
and Utah ($45M) combined. None of the other 3 Division I schools in the state
play football. Marquette--one of the Catholic 7 bolting the Big East--took in
$26.5M, $5M more than USU did last year. The other two, UW-Milwaukie and
UW-Green Bay, play basketball and other sports in the Horizon conference and had
revenues about the same as Weber State, Utah Valley, and Southern Utah ($8M to
$11M). There is only one Division II program in the state--UW-Parkside--and it
doesn't play football either. The only other football playing schools are
in Division III (8 of 9 public and 10 of 16 private Division III schools). Four
smaller four year and six small community colleges in the state have athletics
and none of them play football.Thus, UW-Madison, has no real
competition instate for football and limited competition in basketball. Its
competition, of course is in the conference that doesn't know how to
count--the Big Ten.The state has almost exactly twice as many people
in it as Utah does. Wisconsin has Rose Bowl tradition.
Well said Sports Nutz. Can't blame Andersen, but if he only wouldn't
have been so convincing that USU was where he belonged and how it was the fit
for him, etc.
Andersen: "Utah State who?"
JS2, I have no problem with Andersen taking the job, it's how he did it
that has people mad. For 2 weeks up to his leaving he went out of his way to
tell players, fans, media and anyone who would listen that he had turned down
offers and was staying at USU. He went as far as to send out a statement saying
as much. He didn't start calling his players until AFTER it was leaked
that he was leaving. If he would have left earlier or without all of the
blowing smoke, then it would have been much better for all involved. So yes, he
did what he thought was best for his family, but for a man that has preached
integrity he fell short on how this went down.
Anybody know where Gary's sons will now play college ball? Are they signed
with USU or just waiting in the wings for an opportunity to follow their father
wherever he goes? I'm sad that Andersen left Logan, but know that is part
of the system: to improve yourself and pass on your wisdom and talents to the
next generation. Good luck, Gary
I love the bad talking of Coach Andersen. There is not one person on these
boards who wouldn't leave their current job for another position that
offered 10 times as much money. Stop the hatred, I'd love to see him stay,
but can you really blame him for leaving?!?!
It is all about the kids......his kids!
Loved the video and Gary's comment about "its all about the
kids"....for a moment there I thought he was back in Logan and talking about
the kids at Utah State...the ones he shafted.
Good luck Coach!
Go Badgers!Enjoy him while you have him. Don't be too successful or
he will go to Florida next.