- The Badgers hired Paul Chryst to take over the football program last week, but players are still handling the emotions of having a coach walk out on them.
Merrill's Sam Arneson spoke with Newswatch 12 about his initial reaction to Gary Andersen's resignation.
"Obviously I think we were always pretty close to coach," Arneson said. "So it kind of came out of nowhere for most of us especially after the success that we've had these two years you know a 9 win season 10 win season. Usually you don't see your head coach leave after that but he said that was what felt was right for him."
Arneson feels that the job at Oregon State is a step down for Andersen, but he trusts that Andersen made the move for his family and career.
"I don't take it as disrespect, I guess it's him doing what's best for his family," Arneson said. "Obviously it came as a surprise that he would leave Wisconsin for Oregon State but he had to do what was right for him."