Name: Gary Andersen
Team: Oregon State Beavers
Replaces: Mike Riley, who went to Nebraska after the Cornhuskers fired Bo Pelini.
Previous Head Coaching Experience: Southern Utah in 2003, Utah State from 2009 through 2012,
. Wisconsin in 2013 and 2014. That’s seven years as a head coach in the college ranks. Record:
. 49-38, but 30-9 over the past three seasons.
Personal: Age 51. Wife Stacey. Three sons, the younger two of which are twins.
** Andersen’s son Chasen, a freshman walk-on at Wisconsin, learned of his dad’s departure for
. Oregon State along with the rest of the Badgers.
** In what seems a parallel move at best, Andersen took the job in Corvallis without even visiting
. Oregon State’s campus.
** Speculation is that Andersen jumped ship because the high academic standards at Wisconsin
. made recruiting difficult. Or maybe he didn’t appreciate Barry Alvarez still being very much
. around. Or maybe he just prefers the West to the Midwest.