In a statement released Tuesday by the University of Wisconsin, Badgers head football coach Gary Andersen admits to speaking with the Cleveland Browns in regards to their open head coaching position.
“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," Andersen said in the statement.
"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.”
Mike Pettine was named the new Browns head coach on January 23.
It was a little over a year ago when Bret Bielema left Wisconsin to take the head coaching job at Arkansas. UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez was caught off guard by that move.
He said Andersen was up front with him during this process.
“I’m appreciative that Gary handled all of this the right way," said Alvarez in the statement. "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.”