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Michael Conroy, AP
Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen watches from the sidelines during the second half of the Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game against Ohio State Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

CORVALLIS, OR -- Gary Andersen is leaving Wisconsin to take head coaching job at Oregon State.

While Andersen might be packing up from the Midwest for the West coast, the newly-minted Beaver cut his teeth as a coach in Utah.

Andersen's first head coaching job was for Park City High School from 1994 to 1996. Southern Utah University employed Andersen in 2003 as head coach. The Thunderbirds were Andersen's first collegiate head coaching stop.

The Beaver's newest head coach was the University of Utah's defensive coordinator for three years, from 2006 to 2008. Andersen helped lead the Utes to the program's of highest of highs. In 2008, Utah went undefeated, beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and ending the year ranked No. 2 in the nation.

Andersen left Utah for the head coaching position at Utah State University in 2009. Andersen led the team to a No. 16 end-of-season ranking and WAC championship in 2012.

Andersen replaced Wisconsin head coach Bret Beilema, who left the Badgers for Arkansas in 2013. In two seasons in Madison, Andersen had a 19-7 (13-3 Big 10) record.

The Badgers' running back Melvin Gordon was named a Heisman finalist two days ago.

The AP and Deseret News Sports will continue to update this story as it develops.