Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 12/29/12
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LOS ANGELES Ben Strickland knew nothing of Gary Andersen's coaching philosophies and hadn't even spoken to the man eight days ago when Andersen was introduced as Wisconsin's next head football coach. In other words, the butterflies in Strickland's stomach were churning at a record pace because his job security was in serious doubt. If, for some reason, the two coaches didn't mesh, Strickland would be dialing in favors to find a new residence despite working his way up the chain as an assistant coach for the Badgers. Before it reached that point, however, Andersen name-dropped Strickland during his introductory news conference and made it clear of his value to the program. "Ben Strickland, he's going to stay," Andersen said. "I want him here in the worst way, and it's important for me to have him on the staff. Ben has shown me how important he is, and he is Wisconsin, if you will." The statement quickly quelled Strickland's fears. While six of Wisconsin's nine assistant coaches ...
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