MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen says he was contacted by the Cleveland Browns about their head coaching vacancy and decided not to pursue the job.
Anderson released a statement Tuesday. The Browns hired coach Mike Pettine last month after a 25-day search; Pettine, Buffalo's defensive coordinator, signed a five-year contract to replace Rob Chudzinski, fired after his lone season ended with a 4-12 record.
Andersen says he decided not to pursue the job after a "conversation" with the Browns.
Andersen agreed to a five-year deal worth $10 million when he arrived from Utah State a year ago. He received an extension through January 2019 after Wisconsin finished 9-4 in his first season.
Athletic director Barry Alvarez says "there will always be people" who want to talk to talented coaches like Andersen.
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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