Dec. 21, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Former Utah State University head football coach Gary Andersen was named to the same position at the University of Wisconsin Thursday.
Under Andersen, Utah State just concluded its most successful season in school history in 2012 as it went 11-2 and set school records for wins (11) and home wins (6), while being nationally ranked in the Associated Press poll for three-straight weeks for the first time in school history. USU also won its first outright conference championship since 1936 during the 2012 campaign and just its third in school history joining the 1921 and 1936 teams that both won Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles. All-time, Utah State has won or shared 11 league championships.
Utah State posted an 18-8 record during the past two seasons, including winning 16 of its last 19 games culminating with a 41-15 victory against Toledo in the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl as USU appeared in back-to-back bowl games for just the third time in school history.
"First of all, I cannot say enough about the leadership at Utah State University," said Andersen. "President Stan Albrecht and Athletics Director Scott Barnes are men that I have a tremendous amount of respect for and they have been and will continue to be essential to the success of Utah State football. I love the players at Utah State; they are the foundation of the program and will be successful in the future both on and off the field. The support we have had and the success of the players has led to an opportunity for my family and me to go to the University of Wisconsin. It is an opportunity at an elite program that was simply too hard to pass on. I will always be a huge fan of Utah State University. Utah State, Logan and Cache Valley have been very good to my family and will always have a special place in our hearts."
Andersen compiled a 26-24 (.520) record in four years as Utah State's head football coach including a 16-13 (.552) mark in the Western Athletic Conference.
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