Utah State head coach Gary Andersen led the Aggies to an 11-2 record and Idaho Potato Bowl win in 2012, one of the best seasons in school history.Utah State’s Gary Andersen will be the next head coach of the Wisconsin football program, according to an initial report from the Wisconsin State Journal Tuesday night that was later confirmed by several other reports and Utah State players via Twitter. News broke earlier Tuesday that Andersen – who had not previously been linked to UW’s head coaching vacancy – had already interviewed for the job. Andersen is in his fourth year leading the Aggies and is fresh off a 41-15 victory over Toledo in the Idaho Potato Bowl Dec. 15 that improved No. 18 Utah State’s record to 11-2 record on the year.The Salt Lake Tribune later reported that Andersen started informing his players he was heading for Wisconsin Tuesday night. According to the Tribune, Utah State defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and offensive coordinator Matt Wells are both likely to follow Andersen to Madison, but Wells may be a candidate to succeed his boss in Logan. Ironically, Cal reportedly offered Aranda its defensive coordinator spot before he turned it down and UW linebackers coach accepted the position with the Bears. Wells also apparently earned an offer for the offensive coordinator job at N.C. State before Wisconsin offensive coordinator Matt Canada took that job on former UW defensive coordinator Dave Doeren’s staff. Andersen will also pry away second-year defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a – who coached the Aggies’ defensive line from 2009-10 – from Utah to join him with the Badgers, according to multiple reports. Utah State went undefeated (6-0) in the Western Athletic Conference in 2012 and took home the conference title, with the rout of Toledo marking the program’s first bowl win in 19 years. One of the best seasons in Aggies history, it marked the first time in over 50 years that Utah State finished the season ranked in the AP Top 25.Andersen’s name comes as a surprise partially because the 48-year-old has no clear ties to the Big Ten or even the Midwest. He played at Utah in the mid-’80s before serving as the Utes’ defensive coordinator from 2004-2008 and spent a year as the head coach at Southern Utah in 2003.The offense he ran in Logan, Utah, is also a far cry from the Badgers’ run-heavy, pro-style attack as dual-threat quarterback Chuckie Keeton led a spread-type system in 2012.Andersen visited Madison earlier this fall when Utah State nearly pulled off an upset over the Badgers Sept. 15, but the Aggies missed a potential game-winning field goal and allowed UW to escape with a 16-14 win.His only two losses this season came by a combined five points against Wisconsin and BYU. In his four years at Utah State he collected a 26-22 record and was rumored as a candidate for recent openings at Colorado, California and Kentucky.In the four years before he arrived, Utah State won a total of just nine games. The Aggies would made modest improvements in his first two years with back-to-back four-win seasons in 2009 and 2010, before Andersen started turning the program around. In 2011 Utah State finished 7-6 and lost in the Idaho Potato Bowl, the school’s first appearance in a bowl game in 14 years. Athletic Director Barry Alvarez said he had interviewed two candidates Sunday evening, one of them believed to be Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator and former Badger defensive back Mel Tucker. Tucker seemed to have his sights set on a head coaching job in the NFL, but it is not clear if Alvarez ever offered him the job.Many Wisconsin fans were growing anxious as the coaching search lingered on for two weeks with no clear leading candidate after Bret Bielema left the Badgers for the same position at Arkansas Dec. 4. The deadline to apply for Wisconsin’s head coaching job is tomorrow, so Alvarez could make an official announcement on who Bielema’s successor will be very soon. In accordance with state law, the university had to keep the application process open for two weeks.At Utah, Andersen served as defensive coordinator under Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer for a season before spending four more years under current Utes coach Kyle Whittingham. In his final year on Whittingham’s staff in 2008, Andersen helped guide the Utah to an undefeated 13-0 record that included a victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and a No. 2 ranking at season’s end.For more updates on the Wisconsin coaching situation, follow @BHeraldSports on TwitterFollow Ian on Twitter
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists the European champions aren’t prepared to settle for second place behind Borussia Dortmund in Champions League Group F despite the potential for an easier last 16 tie.Madrid needs to beat the German giants at the Santiago Bernabeu tonight to secure top spot and the second leg of their last 16 clash at home. However, given the fact that Real can’t face Barcelona or Atletico Madrid even if they do finish second, as clubs from the same country are kept apart, winning the group could prove more dangerous with Bayern Munich or Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City potential opponents.“We’re only thinking about winning. We’re not going to look at or think about other things,” said the Frenchman, who led Madrid to their 11th European Cup in his first season in charge in May.“We want to finish top of the group.”Real extended an unbeaten run stretching back to April to 33 games thanks to Sergio Ramos’ stoppage time equaliser at Barcelona in El Clasico on Saturday to maintain a six-point lead over Barca at the top of La Liga.Indeed, Real remains on course for five trophies this season, having already pocketed the European Super Cup and with the Club World Cup to come in Japan later this month.You have to highlight the side’s work rate,” added Zidane.“Each player is very professional, they all work very hard, they are experienced but still hungry. They’ve won a lot but they still want to win more and more.”However, despite the stellar start to his coaching career in line with his feats as one of the greatest players of his generation, Zidane remains humble enough to admit that luck has been on his side during a rollercoaster ride in 2016.“It’s true I’m lucky. I do what I love everyday. I have the luck to be at this great club,” he added.“But it is not just luck, it is the hard work and passion for what I do that helps. I love football.”Madrid received a double injury boost as Alvaro Morata and Toni Kroos returned to training on Tuesday, leaving just Gareth Bale as Zidane’s only absentee.By contrast, Dortmund suffered a blow as Mario Goetze didn’t travel to the Spanish capital with the rest of his teammates due to injury.However, the Germans do have a fully-fit and on-form Marco Reus fresh from dishing out three assists in Dortmund’s 4-1 thrashing of Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.Reus missed the 2-2 draw with Madrid back in September, but has been a consistent thorn in Real’s side in six previous meetings since 2012.Dortmund’s top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will also be out to impress.The African Player of the Year has never hidden his desire to one day sign for Real and fulfill a promise he made to his Spanish grandfather before he passed away two years ago.And Dortmund Sporting Director Michael Zorc believes ousting the defending champions into second place would be a statement of intent.“That would top off this outstanding opening round in the Champions League,” he told the club’s website. It would be the icing on the cake.”CHAMPIONS LEAGUE(Today 8.45pm)R’Madrid v DortmundPorto v LeicesterTottenham v CSKAC’Brugge v CopenhagenLeverkusen v MonacoLyon v SevillaJuventus v D’ZagrebLegia v SportingShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The attention of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) has been drawn to the recent press release dated 6th May 2014 issued by the Ga Traditional Council (GTC) captioned “no boxing event during the traditional lent period’.The contents of the said release are most unfortunate and constitute a blatant attempt by the GTC not only to mislead the public but also to arrogate to itself powers it does not have.The GTC has no power or authority to cancel or cause the postponement of any boxing event in the country. The GBA does not operate under the auspices of the GTC and neither does the GBA report to the GTC in the performance of its functions.The venue for the Bukom Banku and Ayitey Powers fight ie. the Accra Sports Stadium does not even fall within the territorial jurisdiction of the GTC in so far as the enforcement of the ban on drumming and noise making is concerned. It is therefore surprising that inspite of the recent compromise reached by the GBA with the Osu Stool to bring the fight originally scheduled for 16th May 2014 to a day earlier ie. 15th May 2014 the GTC is still bent on disrupting this public event for sinister and ulterior motives.The GBA therefore has no intention of complying with any such directive coming particularly from a body which has absolutely nothing to do with the promotion or development of the sport of boxing. For this reason the GBA is asking boxing fans and the general public to ignore that press release. The GBA hereby confirms that the fight between Bukom Banku and Ayitey Powers will surely take place at the Accra Sports Stadium on Thursday the 15th day of May 2014.In this regard the GBA is putting in place the necessary arrangements with the National Sports Authority, the Ghana Police Service and the relevant security agencies to put in place measures aimed at providing adequate security for the protection of boxing fans and members of the general public who will throng the Accra Sports Stadium to watch the fight from possible harassment by any misguided or lawless group of persons who will attempt to forment any trouble on the day of the fight. The GBA is deeply saddened by the defamatory statement made by the GTC to effect that the promotion of the is fight is being undertaken by scheming business people who are only bent on fattening their bank accounts. The Promoter of the fight Mr. Alex Ntiamoah a born and bred resident of Bukom and his sponsors are doing a yeomans job in collaboration with the GBA to uplift the image of professional boxing in Ghana so as to attract more corporate sponsors to the sport and it is most unfortunate and ironic that the leaders of the very people from whose constituency most of our boxers hail should show such ingratitude to their benefactors by making these negative remarks.For its part the GBa has in consultation with the Promoters of the fight and other stakeholders begun a programme to educate members of the public particularly those from Bukom and Jamestown the territorial jurisdiction of the GTC on the need to observe the ban in their vicinities on the fight night. The GBA therefore invites the GTC to join hands with it in this endeavour so that its fears will be allayed and its concerns addressed. Thank youPETER ZWENNESPRESIDENT, GHANA BOXING AUTHORITY
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