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Wisconsin approves pay raise for Gary Andersen

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Gary Andersen is under contract through 2019. (USATSI)
Gary Andersen will make $2.2 million in 2014. (USATSI)

The Wisconsin Board of Regents has approved the financials for Gary Andersen's new contract as head football coach, the school announced on Monday.

Andersen received a contract extension through the 2018 season earlier this year, but it was not until Monday that his compensation package had been approved. The Badgers coach will make $2.2 million for the 2014 season and receive a $100,000 increase each year of his deal.

"I first began to consider an adjustment to Coach Andersen's compensation package toward the end of the 2013 season," athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a school-released statement. "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."

According to Alvarez, a raise was in the works before Andersen started receiving attention from the NFL.

"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."

Wisconsin looked like one of the most dangerous teams in the country at 9-2 before the season ended with an odd home loss to Penn State and subsequent Capital One Bowl loss to South Carolina. Andersen was set to make $1.9 million in 2014 under his old deal.

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