Browns interviewed Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen


On a day filled with major Browns news comes another rather interesting revelation.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Browns “secretly interviewed” Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen for their coaching vacancy.

The Browns hired Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as head coach on January 23.

The following day — and perhaps by coincidence — Andersen’s contract was extended through 2019.

Andersen is entering his second season with Wisconsin. The Badgers were 9-4 in 2013.

That Andersen’s reported interview was kept quiet shouldn’t be a surprise, considering the potential ramifications it could have had on recruiting. National signing day for NCAA football programs was last Wednesday.

UPDATE 12:26 p.m. ET: Andersen and Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez have confirmed the interview via a press release from the school.

Said Andersen: “Officials from the Cleveland Browns contacted me to talk about their head coaching vacancy. After our initial conversation, I decided not to pursue the position. I am committed to the University of Wisconsin and the student-athletes in our program. I love the city of Madison and am grateful for all the support from Badgers fans around the state and around the country. I look forward to the start of spring football in a couple weeks and turning the focus to preparing for 2014.”