10.Dec.2014 Bob DeCarolis Hiring Gary Andersen
Great he hired Gary Andersen, but I think Gary Andersen contacted BDC, so let’s not go overboard with the praise.
What I think happened: G.A. got killed by Ohio State. Based on his post game interview, he seemed to think Ohio State had superior talent and he needed better recruits. Wisconsin has high academic standards for football players, and he couldn’t get his guys in. Barry Alvarez, in his press conference today, said that Andersen told him he prefers the West Coast, and he wanted to move his family. Kept stressing this was a family decision. So it seems like Gary Anderson thought (a) I can get my recruits to OSU (b) I like the west and (c) I should call BDC and gauge interest.
This fits with all the clues we were hearing on Blitz how a mystery candidate was interested, it made no sense, and this person actually contacted OSU.
Good job by the Athletic Department to seal the deal and get donors on board once Andersen expressed interest, but I don’t think BDC had Andersen on any lists.
This post is not to rain on parades. It’s written for the historical record/posterity.