Utah State coach Gary Andersen expected to be hired by Wisconsin

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Gary Andersen publicly pledged his allegiance to Utah State not long ago. Now he’s on the verge of becoming Wisconsin’s coach.

Utah State head coach Gary Andersen, whose Aggies finished 11-2, is headed for Wisconsin.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Utah State head coach Gary Andersen, whose Aggies finished 11-2, is headed for Wisconsin.

Wisconsin reportedly will hire Andersen to replace Bret Bielema, who left the Badgers earlier this month to take the Arkansas job.

The news about Andersen broke Tuesday night and neither Utah State nor Wisconsin had anything official to announce about Andersen on Wednesday. The delay is at least in part tied to laws in Wisconsin that require a state job to be posted for at least two weeks before it can be filled. The two-week posting was up at the end of business on Wednesday.

The school was expected to introduce Andersen at a news conference today, but a snowstorm might change those plans.

The 48-year-old Andersen just completed his fourth and best season at Utah State. The 18th-ranked Aggies finished 11-2 with a bowl victory against Toledo and won the Western Athletic Conference.

As late as last week, before Utah State played in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Andersen was saying he was committed to the Aggies.

“I love the kids I get to coach here. ... The kids I have in the program, it just was not time. I look them in the eye and I need to be where I’m at,” he told the Idaho Statesman newspaper.

COACH OF THE YEAR: For leading Notre Dame to the BCS championship game for the first time, coach Brian Kelly on Wednesday was voted Associated Press College Football Coach of the Year.

Kelly received 25 votes from the AP college football poll panel. Penn State’s Bill O’Brien was second with 14 votes. Stanford’s David Shaw (four), Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin (three), Kansas State’s Bill Snyder (two) and Alabama’s Nick Saban (one) also received votes.

Kelly is the first Notre Dame coach to win the AP award, which started in 1998.

STANFORD: Shaw agreed to a “long-term contract extension” Wednesday that will keep him with his alma mater beyond the two years left on his remaining deal. Terms of the contract, including the years, were not announced by the school.

CLEMSON: Starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland will miss the Chick-Fil-A Bowl because of a groin injury.

Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney said Breeland would have surgery today.

Breeland started five of the first seven games for Clemson. But he played in just three of the final five contests because of the injury.

Swinney said Breeland had been practicing and hoped to be ready to face LSU.

Breeland finished the season with 32 tackles, three passes broken up and one sack.

The Labor Day weekend show at Cowboys Stadium will include a top college football game through at least 2024.

ESPN and the Dallas Cowboys have reached a lengthy extension for the Cowboys Classic, the holiday weekend game that started in 2009, the year the $1.2 billion stadium opened.

The announcement on Wednesday included unveiling the matchup for 2014, when Oklahoma State plays Florida State in what was set to be the last game under the initial agreement. That game will be Aug. 30, 2014, two weeks before Texas and UCLA play at Cowboys Stadium.

LSU and TCU meet in the 2013 Cowboys Classic next Aug. 31. TCU beat Oregon State in the 2010 Cowboys Classic, and LSU defeated Oregon last year.


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