Andersen Bolts for Oregon State

In a shocking development, Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen has accepted the head coaching at Oregon State, forcing the Badgers to begin searching for a head coach for the second time in two years.

MADISON - Gary Andersen informed the Wisconsin football team at a team meeting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday that he was taking the head coaching job at Oregon State University. UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez has immediately started a national search for a new head football coach.

“I began working to find a new head coach as soon as I spoke with Gary this morning,” Alvarez said in a statement. “My first concern is taking care of the players on the current team, especially the senior class, and ensuring that their bowl experience is a memorable one. I will find a head coach to uphold the great tradition at Wisconsin, someone who is committed to excellence both on and off the field.

“I want to thank Gary for his two years here and commend him on the way his team performed on the field, in the classroom and in the community. I wish him the best at Oregon State.”

Andersen was hired in December 2012 to replace outgoing coach Bret Bielema, who accepted the head coaching position at Arkansas prior to the 2013 Rose Bowl. Andersen went 9-4 his first season and 10-3 this past season, winning the Big Ten West Division championship before losing 59-0 to Ohio State last weekend in the Big Ten championship game.

“First and foremost I want to thank Coach Alvarez for the opportunity to coach at the University of Wisconsin,” Andersen said in a statement. “I also want to thank my staff and the people at UW. We worked very hard together and accomplished some great things. I had the opportunity to meet and coach some great young men and I look forward to watching them as they continue their careers and move through life.”

Alvarez will address the media tonight. BadgerNation will be there to provide updates

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