|Written by Josh Kendall|
Posted by: Josh Kendall on January 8, 2013
When Gary Andersen called Rocky Long about offering a job to Andy Ludwig, Long was appreciative.
"Some head coaches don't call anymore," Long told utsandiego.com. "Gary Andersen called and said he wanted to offer the job to Andy Ludwig. He's an old-timer and does it the right way."
Long also knew he couldn't compete for Ludwig, who was making $275,000 at San Diego State. Ludwig's salary will double at Wisconsin, Long said.
"He's getting paid twice as much as he makes here," Long told utsandiego.com. "The $25,000 (increase) I could have offered doesn't equal the more than half a million he is making at Wisconsin. And it's cheaper to live up there."
Andersen hired Ludwig as his offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach, and his salary, according to Long, would be a significant change for the Badgers. Former Wisconsin offensive coordinator Matt Canada made $265,000 last season. When he left Wisconsin to take the Arkansas head coaching job, former Badgers head coach Bret Bielema expressed frustration that he couldn't pay his assistants more at Wisconsin. Bielema told the Wisconsin State Journal that he only paid one assistant more than $300,000 annually during his seven years with the Badgers.
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to email@example.com
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