Wisconsin Badgers Need to be Patient With Gary Andersen

By Connor Muldowney
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Bret Bielema was the man in charge in Madison and after a win in the Big Ten title game, things were looking up for the Wisconsin Badgers. They had a disappointing regular season in 2012, but their third straight Rose Bowl appearance felt like a sign of things to come for the Badgers.

Then, the unthinkable happened. Bielema took the vacant head coaching job at Arkansas and left the Badgers high and dry before their Rose Bowl appearance.

This may have turned many Badger fans from Bielema-lovers to “I never liked that guy anyway-ers”. Panic was in the air and where the Badgers would turn after this shocking move by a guy that once said the Big Ten never wanted to be like the SEC.

Well, that guy has now turned his back on the conference he once dominated and took a job with a depleted Arkansas team.

How will Wisconsin survive? Enter, Gary Andersen.

The former Utah State head coach doesn’t have the most impressive resume in the world, but with coaching stints at Southern Utah and Utah State, he did the best he could.

With a 30-31 record as a collegiate head coach, many Badger fans are wondering how he could be the best guy for the job. A team that has made Pasadena their home in the past three seasons has settled for a guy that has had one good season as a coach.

Well, he turned a below average Utah State team into an 11-2 contender in just four seasons. He has the recruiting power to bring this team back to where they were under Bielema. It may not be in the first season, maybe not even the second or third, but this guy will bring the Badgers from panic to prominence.

With James White leading the way this season along with a host of talented quarterbacks battling for a spot, this option offense could be more successful than anyone could imagine.

Wisconsin will be potent once again, folks. Watch out.

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