Gary Andersen publicly pledged his allegiance to Utah State not long ago. Now he's on the verge of becoming Wisconsin's coach.
Wisconsin reportedly will hire Andersen to replace Bret Bielema, who left earlier this month to take the Arkansas job.
The news about Andersen broke Tuesday night, and neither Utah State nor Wisconsin had anything official to announce Wednesday. The delay is at least in part tied to laws in Wisconsin that require a state job to be posted for at least two weeks before it can be filled. The two-week posting was up at the end of business on Wednesday.
Andersen, 48, just completed his fourth season at Utah State. The No. 18 Aggies (11-2) won the WAC and beat Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in 2012.
He drew interest from Cal, Colorado and Kentucky last month but decided to pass on those opportunities and received a contract extension from Utah State.
"The interest I have received is a compliment to the quality young men in this program," Andersen said in the statement released Nov. 30. "I love this university and these young men, and I am humbled and excited to continue to be the coach here."
That was before Wisconsin had an opening. Bielema said he was leaving Dec. 4. Athletic director and former Badgers coach Barry Alvarez will coach against Stanford on Jan. 1 in Pasadena.
Oregon: Yahoo Sports reported Oregon is likely headed toward a hearing with the NCAA committee on infractions after it couldn't resolve an investigation of the coaching staff's use of a scouting service. The NCAA investigated the Ducks after questions arose over a 2010 payment of $25,000 to Willie Lyles and his Houston-based recruiting service. In July 2011, Lyles told Yahoo Sports the money was for influencing recruits to attend Oregon. The Ducks presented a report to the NCAA outlining violations the school believed occurred and appropriate sanctions. But that request was apparently turned down.
Penn State: Bill O'Brien was named coach of the year by the Maxwell Football Club.