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Report: Andersen next at Wisconsin

Multiple reports are stating Utah State's Gary Andersen will be the next head football coach at the University of Wisconsin.

Gary Andersen (Photo Courtesy of Utah State Athletics).

Andersen, who holds a career record of 30-31 as a head coach, finished with an 11-2 record in 2012, including a close 16-14 loss to the Badgers in Madison.

Andersen began his head coaching career at Southern Utah and after finishing 4-7, left to become the defensive coordinator at Utah.

After five seasons with the Utes, Andersen was named the head coach at Utah State, where he's spent the past four seasons, compiling a 26-24 record.

In his first three years at Utah State, Andersen compiled a 15-22 (.407) record including a 10-13 (.435) WAC mark as those 15 wins are the most by an Aggie coach in his first three years since John L. Smith went 16-18 (.471) from 1995-97.

Andersen and Utah State just wrapped up their best season is schools history, finishing at No. 18 in the AP Poll and a win in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl over Toledo.

Andersen has coached 10 players who have earned first or second team all-WAC honors and six players who are currently on NFL rosters, including Michael Smith, Robert Turbin and Bobby Wagner who were all selected in the 2012 NFL Draft. That trio of Aggies drafted in 2012 is the most selections in one year since five USU players were chosen in 1980.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Andersen will inform his coaching staff of his decision Tuesday night. The earliest Wisconsin can announce the hire is tomorrow.

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