Gary Andersen Buyout: Coach Owes Wisconsin $3 Million



Gary Andersen has left the Wisconsin Badgers to accept the head coaching job at Oregon State. Anderson signed a five-year, $10 million contract extension prior to the start of the season that ran through 2018.

According to USA Today:

Andersen informed the Badgers team of his departure in a meeting at 4 p.m. CT. Under the terms of his contract Andersen is subject to a $3 million buyout for leaving the position within the first two years of his hire.

The move is a head-scratcher because, usually, the Big Ten, Wisconsin head coaching job is held in higher regard to the B-tier Pac 12 job — Arizona State, USC, UCLA, Stanford, Oregon can probably be acknowledged as better jobs while Arizona, California and both Washington schools can easily be debated as such in comparison to Oregon State. In the past five years, Wisconsin spent at least $92 million on its athletics annually while Oregon State’s budget in 2012-13 was just $64.2 million.

This moves comes as a shocker to most, especially Andersen’s former players.

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