Sources: Wisconsin to hire Gary Andersen

Wisconsin has its next football coach in Utah State's Gary Andersen.

Sources told ESPN's Brett McMurphy that Wisconsin will hire Andersen to lead its football program. The hire won't be official until Thursday, as Wisconsin requires a two-week waiting period to fill all state jobs that are posted. Andersen replaces Bret Bielema, who left Dec. 4 to take the top job at Arkansas.

The Wisconsin State Journal first reported Andersen's hiring Tuesday night.

Andersen, 48, emerged late in the search, but quickly became the frontrunner for the job Tuesday. He led Utah State to an 11-2 record this season. One of the Aggies' losses came at Wisconsin in September, when the Badgers squeaked out a 16-14 decision.

More to come on Andersen's hiring in the coming days ...