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Wisconsin football coach Andersen had conversations with NFL's Browns

Posted by: Michael Rand under NCAA: football Updated: February 11, 2014 - 12:54 PM

Gary Andersen has only been the Badgers' football coach for one season, and there was apparently a chance that his tenure was going to be a one-and-done. The school released statements on Tuesday regarding his involvement with the Browns' coaching search:

Statement from UW head coach Gary Andersen: “Officials from the Cleveland Browns contacted me to talk about their head coaching vacancy. After our initial conversation, I decided not to pursue the position. I am committed to the University of Wisconsin and the student-athletes in our program. I love the city of Madison and am grateful for all the support from Badgers fans around the state and around the country. I look forward to the start of spring football in a couple weeks and turning the focus to preparing for 2014.”

Statement from UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez: “I’m appreciative that Gary handled all of this the right way. He alerted me immediately that he had been contacted by the Browns and affirmed his commitment to the University of Wisconsin. When you have talented coaches on your roster, there will always be people who want to talk to them. I think that Gary is one of the top coaches in the country and am glad that he is leading our team
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