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08:14 AM ET 12.19 | Though no official announcement has been made, all indications are that, instead of "Logan is where we need to be," Gary Andersen will be taking his talents from Utah State to Wisconsin. The Tribune has learned that Andersen began calling his players Tuesday night, telling them he had accepted the job. A source close to the USU athletic department said Andersen is expected to take most, if not all of his coaching staff with him to Madison. That explains in part why Aggie offensive coordinator Matt Wells and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda acknowledged Monday they had turned down jobs at North Carolina State and Texas Tech, respectively. Wells also could become a candidate to succeed Andersen in Logan.

The Salt Lake Tribune

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December 19, 2012  08:29 AM ET

"Taking my talents to Madison" doesn't have quite the same ring as "Taking my talents to South Beach."

Unless of course, Madison is a hot girl...

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December 19, 2012  08:39 AM ET

He did a great job with a perennial loser.

December 19, 2012  09:03 AM ET
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Good hire good coach. Now recruiting the midwest is the challenge.

True story. I do think he can get it done though. Damn good coach.

December 19, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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"Taking my talents to Madison" doesn't have quite the same ring as "Taking my talents to South Beach."Unless of course, Madison is a hot girl...

Madison is nice in the summer.

December 19, 2012  09:36 AM ET

Someone got it right!!!
Nice fit too, loves to run the ball!

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December 19, 2012  10:51 AM ET

Will he be taking any of his players, too?

December 19, 2012  11:02 AM ET

Pity USU and their fans. I don't think they'll find the likes of Andersen in their search to replace him. I hope that they find someone who can keep the program competitive.

December 19, 2012  11:03 AM ET
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Will he be taking any of his players, too?

He'd probably like to take his QB :)

December 19, 2012  11:05 AM ET

It makes sense to me that Andersen wants to keep his staff intact and move them to Madison with him. We'll see how many make the trek and what hires Andersen will make after officially taking the helm at Wisconsin.

December 19, 2012  11:05 AM ET
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Saw Coach Andersen and Utah State last year in Las Cruces. NMSU played tough, but lost anyway. USU had a good ground game, as I recall. Utah Aggies played Wisky close this year in an OOC game, losing 16-14. Must have made an impression on Barry Alvarez.

Sometimes you don't even realize that you are auditioning for your next job.

December 19, 2012  11:06 AM ET

Kudos to Alvarez on this hire. It seems he took a tough situation and arguably traded up.

December 19, 2012  11:07 AM ET

Alvarez will still coach the Rose Bowl. I wonder of Andersen will be in the booth, a suit, on the sidelines, or elsewhere.

December 19, 2012  11:14 AM ET
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Kudos to Alvarez on this hire. It seems he took a tough situation and arguably traded up.

I agree. Bielema did a very good job, but couldn't get them to finish with a win. This may prove to be a very big positive for Whiskey.

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December 19, 2012  01:58 PM ET

Good for them. He did a hell of a job this season.

December 19, 2012  02:34 PM ET

What's going on in Columbus?
Urban Meyer stood up the Dan Patrick show this morning, supposedly because a team meeting was running over. It's not like the guy's got a bowl game to prep for this month.

 
December 19, 2012  03:28 PM ET
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may prove to be a problem for Alky

If you lived in Arkansas, you'd drink too.

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