Wisconsin got a close-up look at Utah State coach Gary Andersen earlier this year. He brought his Aggies into Madison in September and nearly pulled off the upset, losing 16-14 on a late missed field goal.
Could Andersen's next trip to Camp Randall Stadium be as Badgers head coach? ESPN's Brett McMurphy and others are reporting that Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez interviewed Andersen for the job on Monday. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Andersen is now Alvarez's top choice.
Andersen led Utah State to an 11-2 record and victory in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl this season. He was also the defensive coordinator at Utah in 2008, when the Utes went undefeated.
Andersen has spent most of his career in the Utah area and has no apparent ties to Wisconsin. His team also runs a spread offense, which goes against the power-football mentality Alvarez has used to build the Badgers program and wants the next coach to continue.
Jacksonville Jaguars assistant Mel Tucker is also thought to be a top candidate. SI.com's Pete Thamel reports that Alvarez has also interviewed Bowling Green head coach Dave Clawson.