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Incoming Wisconsin coach Andersen hopes OC Wells joins him

Wisconsin finally got its man in Utah State's Gary Andersen, and Andersen wants to take offensive coordinator Matt Wells with him to Madison, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. It's unclear at this point whether Wells would call plays for the Badgers.

Wells also could be a candidate to replace Andersen at Utah State, where Wells once played quarterback, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Involvement in the USU search could alter Wells' plans.

In Wells' first year as the Utah State's coordinator, the Aggies ranked 21st nationally with 469.1 yards per game and 33rd in scoring offense at 34.9 points per game. Wells joined Andersen's staff two years ago as quarterbacks coach.

Wells reportedly garnered interest for a job with NC State last week.

Andersen replaces Bret Bielema, who took the Arkansas job Dec. 4. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez targeted established head coaches during the search process, and Anderson fits that mold after an 11-2 season in 2012.

Jeremy Fowler is a national college football insider with CBSSports.com. Fowler joined CBS in 2012 after covering the Minnesota Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for two seasons and covering the Florida Gators for the Orlando Sentinel for two years. Fowler is also a contributor to the CBS Sports Network.
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