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Wisconsin awards coach Gary Andersen with a raise and a new contract

Wisconsin felt confident enough to extend Gary Andersen after just one season. (Morry Gash/AP)Wisconsin felt confident enough to extend Gary Andersen after just one season. (Morry Gash/AP)

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen will receive a pay bump to $2.2 million per year in 2014 as part of a new compensation package, the school announced on Monday.

The Badgers unveiled Andersen's new deal on Monday night after the university's Board of Regents approved the pay raise earlier in the day. The package includes a $100,000 increase in each year of Andersen's five-year deal.

In a statement Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said Andersen deserves a revamped deal due to the direction of the program as well as the coach's reputation in the industry.

“I first began to consider an adjustment to Coach Andersen’s compensation package toward the end of the 2013 season,” Alvarez said. “I felt then, and now, that he did an excellent job not only with the team’s on-field performance, but also in developing a program that puts the student-athletes first in all aspects. He has quickly become someone that Badger fans have rallied around and identified with.

“Then some weeks later, as has been reported, the Cleveland Browns approached Coach Andersen about their vacant head coaching position. Gary did not ask directly or even imply that his salary should be increased, but that only re-affirmed my thoughts about adjusting his compensation.

“I’ve always believed that we should do what we can to keep good coaches in our department and that is why I wanted to take this proactive approach with Coach Andersen.”

Andersen replaced Bret Bielema at Wisconsin prior to the 2013 season. In his first year at the helm, Andersen led the Badgers to a 9-4 record, including 6-2 in the Big Ten and a berth in the Capital One Bowl.
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