In a statement, Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen says the Cleveland Browns contacted him about their head coaching position.
Andersen says he decided not to pursue the position during their initial conversation.
Below are the statements from Andersen and UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez, which were posted on uwbadgers.com/
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.”
The Browns hired Mike Pettine as head coach on January 23rd.