MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen says he was contacted by the Cleveland Browns about their head coaching vacancy and decided not to pursue the job.
Anderson released a statement Tuesday. The Browns hired coach Mike Pettine last month after a 25-day search; Pettine, Buffalo's defensive coordinator, signed a five-year contract to replace Rob Chudzinski, fired after his lone season ended with a 4-12 record.
Andersen says he decided not to pursue the job after a "conversation" with the Browns.
Andersen agreed to a five-year deal worth $10 million when he arrived from Utah State a year ago. He received an extension through January 2019 after Wisconsin finished 9-4 in his first season.
Athletic director Barry Alvarez says "there will always be people" who want to talk to talented coaches like Andersen.