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Friday, December 28, 2012
Report: Badgers to hire Andy Ludwig

By Adam Rittenberg
ESPN.com

Wisconsin is expected to hire Andy Ludwig as its next offensive coordinator, according to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Ludwig, who has held the same post at San Diego State for the past two seasons, attended Wisconsin's pre-Rose Bowl practice Friday in Los Angeles. New Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen coached with Ludwig at Utah from 2005-08, helping the Utes to a 13-0 season and a Sugar Bowl championship in 2008.

Because of Wisconsin's hiring rules for all state employees, the team can't confirm Ludwig's hiring until the job posting expires. Wisconsin lost offensive coordinator Matt Canada to NC State earlier this month, although Canada will coach the bowl game. Andersen will retain running backs coach Thomas Hammock, and it's possible offensive line coach Bart Miller also will remain.

"I will say this about the offensive coordinator," Andersen said Dec. 21 at his introductory news conference. "When you're at the University of Wisconsin, it's a great job. It's not a good job, it's a great job for an offensive coordinator, and offensive coordinators will understand that. They'll line up a thousand deep if you want them to."

Andersen's offensive coordinator at Utah State, Matt Wells, has been named the Aggies' coach.

Ludwig has served as offensive coordinator at California (2009-2010), Oregon (2002-04) and Fresno State (1998-2001). San Diego State ranks 38th nationally in scoring (32.9 ppg) and 64th in total offense (396.6 ypg) this season.