More stunning news involving Oregon State: On the same day they formally announced a $42 million football facilities upgrade, the Beavers named Gary Andersen their new head coach.
Andersen had been at Wisconsin just two years, having led the Badgers to a Big Ten division title this season. He replaces Mike Riley, a 61-year-old Corvallis native who last shocked the college football world when he departed for Nebraska.
Riley was making $1.5 million a year at Oregon State, the lowest salary among Pac-12 head coaches. Andersen was making a reported $2.2 million at Wisconsin. His move comes just a couple years after Bret Bielema abruptly left Wisconsin, for what many would also consider a “lesser” job at Arkansas. It’s fair to wonder what’s going on in Madison these days.
— OurBeaverNation (@OurBeaverNation) December 10, 2014
Gary Andersen from Wisconsin to Oregon State is one of the most shocking coaching hires you'll see.
— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) December 10, 2014
Barry Alvarez: “Very surprised. I had no idea this was in the works."
— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) December 10, 2014
Just spoke to a college coach: "Wow Gary Andersen plays for the Big Ten Title on Saturday & leaves for the toughest job in the Pac12 on WED"
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 10, 2014