Gary Andersen is leaving the Wisconsin Badgers to be the new head football coach of the Oregon State Beavers. Andersen replaces Mike Riley, who left Oregon State on Dec. 4 to become the head football coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Gary Andersen is the new head football coach of the Oregon State Beavers.
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Oregon State athletics director Bob De Carolis confirmed Andersen's hire on the Beavers' official athletics website on Dec. 10. Andersen's introductory press conference will be on Friday, Dec. 12, at 1:30 p.m. PT. He will be the Beavers' 28th head coach in their football program's history.
Andersen succeeds Mike Riley, who became the new Nebraska Cornhuskers head football coach on Dec. 4.
De Carolis told OSUBeavers.com he couldn't be more thrilled at Andersen becoming his new head football coach:
"President (Dr. Edward) Ray and I are ecstatic that Gary is coming to Oregon State. He is one of the top coaches in the country and will have instant credibility with our players, boosters and fans.
"Gary is a winner. He is a man of integrity and substance. He has extensive West Coast ties and knows the landscape of the Pacific-12 Conference, having previously coached at Utah, a current conference member. He is part of the Urban Meyer coaching tree.
"He and his staff will teach offense and defense, and life lessons about values and character. They will guide our student-athletes to success in life and careers upon leaving Oregon State.
"We have hired the right coach. We are investing in the new and expanded facilities he needs, including the $42 million makeover of the Valley Football Center we announced earlier today.
"We are ready to have Gary take us to the next level."
De Carolis' counterpart at Wisconsin, Barry Alvarez, expressed his gratitude to Andersen in a statement he issued on the Badgers' official athletics website on Wednesday:
"I began working to find a new head coach as soon as I spoke with Gary this morning. My first concern is taking care of the players on the current team, especially the senior class, and ensuring that their bowl experience is a memorable one. I will find a head coach to uphold the great tradition at Wisconsin, someone who is committed to excellence both on and off the field.
"I want to thank Gary for his two years here and commend him on the way his team performed on the field, in the classroom and in the community. I wish him the best at Oregon State."
For his part, Andersen told UWBadgers.com he is just as thankful to Alvarez and the entire Wisconsin athletics department for the opportunity to coach their football team:
"First and foremost I want to thank Coach Alvarez for the opportunity to coach at the Univesity of Wisconsin. I also want to thank my staff and the people at UW. We worked very hard together and accomplished some great things. I had the opportunity to meet and coach some great young men and I look forward to watching them as they continue their careers and move through life."
Badgers running back Melvin Gordon told ESPN during its Home College Depot Football Awards Show on Dec. 10 he was "shocked" at Andersen's departure, a move he did not expect. Gordon had a conversation with Andersen earlier that evening. The former said the latter "sounded hurt" but "had to do what's best for him." Gordon is a Heisman Trophy finalist who declared for the 2015 NFL draft on Wednesday.
Andersen, who had been the Badgers' head football coach the past two seasons, has amassed a 30-9 record the past three years. He won 11 games for the Utah State Aggies in 2012 and 10 games for the Badgers this season. His overall record stands at 49-38, per Oregon State's official athletics website.
The OSUBeavers.com update emphasizes Andersen's success on and off the field. Twenty-eight of his players have "earned Big Ten Conferene all-academic honors," the update goes on to say.
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