According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, newly hired Badgers head coach Gary Andersen is set to named Andy Ludwig as his new offensive coordinator, replacing the soon-to-be-departed Matt Canada.
Canada himself is headed to NC State to join forces with Dave Doeren, who had been the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin a few years ago; Ludwig’s arrival in Madison will also serve as a reunion of highly successful coaching minds.
Ludwig has spent the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator at San Diego State, but he made the short trip to Los Angeles in order to attend one of Wisconsin’s pre-Rose Bowl practices.
Prior to his time at SDSU, Ludwig was at Utah from 2005-2008. He led the offense and Andersen led the defense as the Utes enjoyed a 13-0 season and a Sugar Bowl victory in 2008.
Obviously, Andersen and the Badgers are hoping for extremely similar success.
Andersen will be watching the Rose Bowl from a box suite as Badgers legend Barry Alvarez makes a one-game cameo as the team’s interim head coach. He is extremely confident in the team he will be inheriting come January 2.
When he was first hired, he voiced that confidence as his search for coordinators began in earnest.
“I will say this about the offensive coordinator,” Andersen said Dec. 21 at his introductory news conference. “When you’re at the University of Wisconsin, it’s a great job. It’s not a good job, it’s a great job for an offensive coordinator, and offensive coordinators will understand that. They’ll line up a thousand deep if you want them to.”
Andersen may brought Matt Wells, his offensive coordinator while at Utah State, with him, but Well was quickly named his replacement as the Aggies’ new head coach.
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