Badgers coach Andersen: Homecoming 'always special'
Badgers new football coach Gary Anderson interviews with TMJ4. Jessie Garcia reports. Video by wtmj.comvideo
Madison may be home for the first time this year for University of Wisconsin Badgers head football coach Gary Andersen, but he gets the significance of football and homecoming weekend as Wisconsin faces Top 20 Northwestern on Saturday.
"Homecoming is always special," said Anderson on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
"It is, especially when you have a program with such a tradition, so many people coming back, the seniors with their last homecoming."
It's doubly special considering the unique atmosphere of Camp Randall Stadium, one which Andersen saw as a visiting coach at Utah State, and one which he's now seen as Wisconsin's head coach.
"Our kids still jumped around," joked Andersen about his time coaching Utah State against UW.
"We were very fortunate to get to some great places over our time at Utah State, but there was nowhere like Camp Randall, the rich tradition, and there was not another stadium or program that we worried about preparing for the fans, for the siutation. I watched Jump Around on the internet to see what it was about, and it was a factor."
He'll want it to be a factor Saturday against a Northwestern team that gave Ohio State all it could handle before falling Saturday night in Evanston.
"This Northwestern team is very well coached. They're very smart. They have a game plan. They stick to it. The biggest thing that's different from four, five, six years ago, listening to 'Fitz' (head coach Pat Fitzgerald) is that these kids believe they can win and they expect to when they walk on the field. So do the Badgers. It's going to be two very good teams lining up. We get the opportunity to play at home, which is a big advantage."