Wisconsin head football coach Gary Anderson said in a statement Tuesday that the Cleveland Browns had contacted him about their head coaching vacancy.
“Officials from the Cleveland Browns contacted me to talk about their head coaching vacancy," the statement read. "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."
Former Badgers head coach and current Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez added to the conversation, praising Andersen for the way he handled the situation.
“I’m appreciative that Gary handled all of this the right way," Alvarez said. "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.”
Andersen, who went 9-4 in his first season with Wisconsin, recently signed an extension. His contract is set to expire in 2019.
All statements were obtained via a press release from the Wisconsin Badgers.
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