<strong>LOGAN—</strong> Despite announcing on less than three weeks ago that he would remain the head football coach at Utah State University despite drawing interest from multiple BCS level programs, it sounds like Gary Andersen is on the move.
Beginning with the Wisconsin State journal, media outlets began reporting early Tuesday evening that Andersen had interviewed with Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez to replace the recently departed Bret Bielema.
The Badgers and Alvarez got a firsthand look at Andersen when the Aggies visited Wisconsin this past season. USU nearly knocked off the Badgers, missing a 37-yard field goal with six seconds remaining in a 16-14 loss.
Though no official announcement has been made, sources close to the USU team and the Andersen family told CacheValleyDaily.com that Andersen had accepted the job and was in the process of ironing out the contract.
The move came as a shock to both fans and current and former USU players who took to social media as the news broke.
Recently graduated linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu posted on Facebook that he was “dumbfounded” and “feels like I played for nothing,” while current linebacker Tavaris McMillian said “damn man that’s crazy Coach A was the only reason I came to Utah State,” on Twitter.
The move took Aggie fans by surprise as well, as rumors of job offers stopped after Andersen said he was staying.
Andersen is expected to take most of his staff from Utah State with him, including offensive and defensive coordinators Matt Wells and Dave Aranda.