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Commentary: Gary Andersen bringing change to Wisconsin football by maintaining Utah recruiting pipeline

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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    June 21, 2013 4:13 p.m.

    I can see some great recruiting battles between Gary and Whittingham in the years to come.

    We should schedule a home and home with them.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    June 21, 2013 5:10 p.m.

    Interesting that Andersen's son is going to BYU, and both GA and Bronco have talked about what a great experience that was for BYU and the Andersen family. So will GA wear a Y T-shirt under his badger red on the sidelines this season?

  • Lightening Lad Austin , TX
    June 21, 2013 6:54 p.m.

    What Anderson is doing is to be expected, he recruits what he knows, but after he's become familiar with Big 10 traditional recruiting hotbeds, he won't be making return trips to Utah to look for kids. Penn, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin all have huge numbers of high schools many times more than the numbers of larger schools along the Wasatch Front. Madison is two hours away from Chicago competing against the single Big 10, well respected school in-state, Univ of Illinois, which is further away than Madison being downstate in Champlain. So with 5 times the high schools in the Chicago metro area than can be found in the state of Utah, it makes sence to stay at home, with a few side trips to western Pennsylvania, Cleveland, Detroit, maybe Indianapolis.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    June 22, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    Lad brings up a good point although Michigan has been recruiting Utah pretty hard in the last few years. I think there is more talent here than what the outsiders seem to think.

  • JoCo Ute Grants Pass, OR
    June 22, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    Maybe Utah should return the favor and offer some of the snowbound flatlanders from the Midwest a chance to go west and experience what the PAC-12 offers. The U has the conference, the facilities and the geography to create a lot of interest. I've spent a lot of time in Chicago and both Michigan and Wisconsin and they can't compare to the west.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    June 22, 2013 7:37 p.m.

    Coach Andersen actually has sons playing at USU, BYU and Wisc... but the only blue he will be wearing is that of his UTAH STATE tattoo!

  • Stang08 Cedar City, Utah
    June 23, 2013 5:13 p.m.

    @Ifel Of a-sofa

    Maybe he had that crummy tattoo removed. Wouldn't you if you got the chance to coach at a better school who beat USU?

  • Koloss Hampton, VA
    June 23, 2013 8:25 p.m.

    He may have merely taken a few recruits he would have had play for him at USU to Madison. I don't think his recruitment of Utah players will go much further over the next few years, less they be extremely high caliber.

  • Stang08 Cedar City, Utah
    June 24, 2013 12:52 a.m.

    @Koloss

    I have a feeling you wouldn't be saying that if he was still at USU. You'd be singing a whole different tune.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    June 24, 2013 11:06 a.m.

    stang did you remove your crummy MC tattoo and have it replaced with a high class SUU tat?

  • Stang08 Cedar City, Utah
    June 25, 2013 12:54 p.m.

    Yeah I don't have any ink. Where did you go to highschool Ifel Ofa-sofa? Just a little curious since you brought up where I went to school.