Wisconsin's Andersen is heading to Oregon State
After interviewing for the Cleveland Browns' head-coaching vacancy this past offseason, Wisconsin's Gary Andersen is on the move after two seasons in Madison.
According to the Portland Tribune, Andersen will replace Mike Riley as Oregon State's new head football coach. The 50-year-old Andersen is expected to be introduced in Corvallis on Friday afternoon.
Andersen replaced Bret Bielema as head coach of the Badgers in December 2012 following his tenure as head coach at Utah State. He was also the defensive coordinator at Utah when the Utes went undefeated and beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl after the 2008 season.
The Salt Lake City native, who is subject to a $3 million buyout for leaving within the first two years of his contract, went 9-4 in his first year with the Badgers and 10-3 this fall. Wisconsin is scheduled to play Auburn in the Outback Bowl.
One logical name for the Wisconsin opening is Pitt head coach Paul Chryst, who was the offensive coordinator for the Badgers from 2005 through 2011 and played his college ball in Madison. Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is another logical name to keep in mind.
These are very interesting times in the Big Ten, as Nebraska, Michigan and now Wisconsin will have new faces of the program in 2015. Of course, Riley ended up in Lincoln and the Wolverines have yet to find a replacement for Brady Hoke.
Dave Miller, the college football editor for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.