unexpectedly stepped down yesterday to become head coach at Oregon State. Andersen, the Badgers' coach for the past two seasons, informed the team of his decision yesterday afternoon, the school said. Wisconsin finished 10-3 this season under Andersen and will play in the Outback Bowl against Auburn on Jan. 1.
Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, who formerly coached the Badgers, said the search for Andersen's successor already had started. Alvarez said he would consider coaching the team in the bowl game himself after several players asked him, but had not made a final decision.
Alvarez said Andersen made the move for personal reasons.
Mike Riley left the Pac-12's Beavers to accept the Nebraska job after the dismissal of Bo Pelini. Oregon State finished this season 5-7 and out of the postseason picture.
Oregon State will introduce Andersen as the 28th coach in team history at a news conference tomorrow. The announcement of his hiring came the same day Oregon State announced extensive renovation plans for its football facilities.
Andersen was 19-7 in his two seasons as Wisconsin's coach. He came to the Badgers from Utah State, where he spent four seasons. He also had a short stint as head coach at Southern Utah in 2003 before becoming an assistant at Utah. He's 49-38 overall as a head coach.
In other college football news:
* Injured Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett and his ex-girlfriend made 911 calls Tuesday morning alleging each attacked the other. A police report said Barrett and Alexandria Barrett-Clark were referred to prosecutors. Police say there were no obvious signs of injury and both declined to file charges.
* Virginia defensive end Eli Harold is making himself available for the NFL draft and forgoing his final year of eligibility.
* A Duke spokesman said coach David Cutcliffe has not been contacted by anyone at Michigan about the Wolverines' coaching vacancy after a report that Cutcliffe may have turned down an offer.
* The United States women's soccer team and China played to a 1-1 draw in the opening match of the International Tournament of Brasilia.
put the U.S. ahead in the 22nd minute. The top two teams after round-robin play will meet for the title on Dec. 21. The U.S. will face Brazil on Sunday and Argentina on Dec. 17.
* Oscar Pistorius again faces the possibility of a murder conviction after a South African judge ruled that prosecutors can appeal against the double-amputee Olympian's conviction on the lesser charge of culpable homicide. The sensational case will go to the Supreme Court of Appeal, which will review the murder trial of Pistorius, who fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through the closed door of a toilet cubicle on Valentine's Day 2013.