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Badgers officially introduce new football coach

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The University of Wisconsin-Madison officially introduced Gary Andersen as the Badgers' new head football coach during a Friday morning news conference. 

Andersen takes over for Bret Bielema, who left Wisconsin for the head coaching job at Arkansas earlier this month.

Athletic Director and former Badgers football coach Barry Alvarez is coaching the team in the Rose Bowl against Stanford, and Andersen said he will be a "fly on the wall" during Rose Bowl preparations and at the game.

"These kids need to go win a Rose Bowl. The last thing they need for me is to hang around Coach Alvarez," Andersen said.

Alvarez says he feels confident the former Utah State coach is a good fit for Wisconsin, saying "All the things he (Andersen) believes in, I believe in."

Alvarez also praised Andersen for fielding physical, well-coached defenses at his last job as head coach at Utah State, and said while he met face-to-face with three candidates he only offered the job to Andersen.

Andersen said he knew right away he would take the job. He stated during the news conference his belief that Wisconsin is considered a top 20 college football program and has all the tools needed to compete on the recruiting trail and football field.

He answered questions about his offensive and defensive coaching philosophies, as well as his priorities for recruiting and building relationships with the team's returning players. 

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