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Badgers coach leaving for Oregon State

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University of Wisconsin head football coach Gary Andersen is leaving Madison to take the helm at Oregon State.

Director of Athletics, Barry Alvarez, says Andersen informed him during a meeting this morning. The Wisconsin football team was told during a 4 p.m. meeting.

"I began working to find a new head coach as soon as I spoke with Gary this morning," Alvarez said in a written statement. "My first concern is taking care of the players on the current team, especially the senior class, and ensuring that their bowl experience is a memorable one. I will find a head coach to uphold the great tradition at Wisconsin, someone who is committed to excellence both on and off the field. I want to thank Gary for his two years here and commend him on the way his team performed on the field, in the classroom and in the community. I wish him the best at Oregon State."

Wisconsin will take on Auburn in the Outback Bowl on January 1. Barry Alvarez coached the Badgers in the 2013 Rose Bowl after Bret Bielema accepted the Arkansas job following the 2012 regular season.

The Oregon State job became vacant last week when Mike Riley announced he was leaving Corvallis, Oregon for Lincoln, Nebraska to replace fired Cornhusker head coach Bo Pelini.

Andersen's announcement comes on the heels of Heisman Trophy finalist Melvin Gordon's announcement that the Outback Bowl will be his final game with the Badgers because he is entering the 2015 NFL Draft.

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