Gary Andersen: 'My kid said, that's the one'
Posted by: Josh Kendall on January 24, 2013
Gary Andersen is not a big fan of meetings, but he's had a lot in his first weeks as Wisconsin's head coach.
"We had a team meeting, a long team meeting, probably too long, but you have to give them so much information in a short period of time," Andersen said Thursday morning on Sportsradio 1250 in Milwaukee. "I am not a big team meeting guy but we started off the first day with a team meeting that was about an hour and 45 minutes and gave them a whole lot of information, probably more than they could digest."
Andersen feels very comfortable with the Badgers, he said, which comes as no surprise after playing Wisconsin while the coach at Utah State. Andersen's son, who plays for Utah State, signed off on the move immediately.
"When the job came up, my own kid looked at me and said, 'Dad that's the one. Those guys are just like us,'" Andersen said.
The Badgers will continue to build with in-state prospects, said Andersen, who is amazed every time he makes a recruiting trip to a Wisconsin high school, he said.
"You walk through these high schools and you see these kids walking down these halls and it's like, 'Holy cow, what do they feed these kids?'" he said. "There are big kids all over the place, and that'll always be the base."
Andersen's move means he will now be a rival of former boss Urban Meyer, the head coach at Ohio State. Andersen stopped in Columbus, Ohio, during a recent recruiting trip, he said.
"I texted him, 'Looks like a nice town.' He fired back a text and said, 'You need to stay out of my land,'" Andersen said. "Urban and I have a great respect for each other. That'll be an interesting dynamic as we move forward."
Here's a look from last month at Andersen's first 48 hours on the job:
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org