First it was Bret Bielema leaving the Wisconsin Badgers to take on the head coaching duties of the Arkansas Razorbacks. That was followed by a slew of coaches leaving for various positions around the country, including offensive coordinator Matt Canada who will be leaving for NC State Wolfpack.
With all the turnover, a lot of recruits were uncertain the direction they were headed. But with the hiring of head coach Gary Andersen, minds of recruits were put at ease a bit. Now with word of the hiring of new offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, those same recruits can rest easily knowing that the Badgers will be heading in the right direction for years to come.
Ludwig held the same position at San Diego State for the past two seasons and coached at Utah with Andersen from 2005-08, leading the team to a 13-0 record in 2008 while winning the Sugar Bowl.
Under Ludwig San Diego State ranked 38th in scoring with 32.9 points per game and 64th in total offense with 396.6 yards per game this season. Ludwig also led them to a victory over the Boise St. Broncos earlier this season.
Athletic director Barry Alvarez has done a great job so far replacing Bielema and Canada. Both Andersen and Ludwig have proven themselves over the years and have shown that they can win. Although their level of competition wasn’t as high as it is in the Big Ten, there should be no doubt that they both will come in and do just fine.
There should be no doubt in a recruit’s mind that the Badgers are going in the right direction. Andersen does a fine job recruiting and Ludwig should fill the shoes of Canada just fine. Looks like Alvarez has found the right combination.