Ex-Utah State Aggie coach Gary Andersen introduced in Wisconsin (+video)

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  • Mike Johnson Stafford, VA
    Dec. 22, 2012 8:25 p.m.

    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.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 22, 2012 5:08 p.m.

    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.

    Dec. 22, 2012 12:52 p.m.

    Andersen: "Utah State who?"

  • Sports Nutz Smithfield, UT
    Dec. 22, 2012 8:30 a.m.

    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.

  • FaifeauSam Lehi, UT
    Dec. 22, 2012 6:27 a.m.

    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

  • Just Saying 2 Morgan, UT
    Dec. 22, 2012 12:29 a.m.

    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?!?!

  • Sports Nutz Smithfield, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 8:03 p.m.

    It is all about the kids......his kids!

  • Ironmomo Ogden, Utah
    Dec. 21, 2012 7:20 p.m.

    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.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 4:10 p.m.

    Good luck Coach!

  • md Cache, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 2:04 p.m.

    Go Badgers!
    Enjoy him while you have him. Don't be too successful or he will go to Florida next.