Gary Andersen does not want out at Wisconsin, but those familiar with the program say the second-year coach is becoming increasingly frustrated by the school’s admissions policies.
Additionally, Wisconsin has been slow to evolve when it comes to paying assistants what has become customary market value elsewhere.
“He’s afraid of losing Dave,” a coach told me, referring to Badgers defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who should have been a Broyles Award finalist after the outstanding job he’s done in 2014.
Whichever SEC teams miss out on Will Muschamp -- whether it’s Auburn, Texas A&M or South Carolina -- could wind up pushing for Aranda. Each would likely offer in the $1 million per year range.
Andersen came from Utah State and is making a little more than $2 million a year. If another comparable program came with an offer, he would likely be listening -- if for no other reason than to get the administration’s attention. Then again, it let the last guy walk.
The chasm between the coaches and board’s wishes has been widening the past five or so years, one source said, adding that it’s the biggest reason why Bret Bielema left for Arkansas.
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