From Auburn to Western Michigan – the coaching carousel was in overdrive as 30 different Football Bowl Subdivision jobs were vacated and filled this offseason. Each day this week, we will debut a new coach who will make an impact in 2013-14.

Gary Andersen, Wisconsin

The Buzz: It’s hard to imagine that a coach with no discernable ties to the University of Wisconsin or for that matter, the Big Ten Conference, could be considered one of the hottest new coaches to watch in 2013-14. However, that’s just what the 49-year-old Andersen is looking to become after taking over a program that has seen immense growth under former coach Bret Bielema including three consecutive conference championships. Andersen comes to Madison with a 30-31 overall record in five seasons at the helm of Southern Utah and Utah State. It was the way he transformed the latter into a football power including a school-record 11-win season in 2012 that drew the attention of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez. Record aside, Andersen brings a stellar pedigree that includes his time spent under current Ohio State coach Urban Meyer at Utah. Beating his former mentor will be key for a successful season for the Andersen and the Badgers. 

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