Badgers extend head coach Gary Andersen through 2018 season

Badgers extend head coach Gary Andersen through 2018 season
January 25, 2014, 10:30 am
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Vinnie Duber

Gary Andersen is going to be at Wisconsin a little while longer.

The school announced Friday it is extending the contract of its head coach, who just completed his first season at the helm of the program, through 2019. 

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Andersen came to Wisconsin following the departure of Bret Bielema, who left for Arkansas last offseason. In his first season, Andersen led the Badgers to a 9-4 record, which included a loss to South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl. Wisconsin was considered a candidate for a BCS bowl game up until its regular-season ending loss to Penn State. The team's Big Ten title hopes were pretty much dashed after a one-score loss to Ohio State early in the conference season, as the Buckeyes went on to finish their regular season undefeated.

Though playmakers such as Chris Borland, Jared Abbrederis and James White depart this offseason, the Badgers figure to contend for a conference championship again in 2014. Running back Melvin Gordon returns, and the Badgers figure to have another elite rushing attack.

The terms of the new contract haven't been released. Andersen's original contract was for five years.