How is University of Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen going to be better at his job in 2014?
Here's one way he answered that question: For the first time in four seasons he's going to coach a specific position in addition to his duties as program overseer.
Andersen said he'll work with the outside linebackers, essentially becoming a fifth full-time defensive coach alongside Dave Aranda (coordinator), Bill Busch (safties), Chad Kauha'aha'a (line) and Ben Strickland (cornerbacks).
Prior to his inaugural season with the Badgers in 2013 and a four-year stint as head coach at Utah State, Andersen was a defensive coordinator at Utah, working primarily with the down linemen.
UW has to replace seven starters on defense, including both boundary linebackers. A year ago, that position was coached by a graduate assistant, Aaron Schwanz.
"I think I'm always a little bit better coach when I can be more involved with the kids in practice,'' Andersen said, explaining the move.
"I didn't do that last year. I needed to (focus on being head coach). This year I'm more in tune, even closer to the kids when I have some sort of role coaching.
"Now, I'm not doing all the game plans and all that stuff, but I have a position (to monitor). I get to be with them for 45 minutes to an hour in position meetings and again for individual drills. I think that's good.''
A year after finishing 9-4 overall, 6-2 in the Big Ten Conference, the Badgers open a new season Aug. 30 vs. Louisiana State in Houston, Texas.