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Report: Vanderbilt to hire Andy Ludwig as offensive coordinator

The road back to Madison could be paved for Joe Rudoplh.

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Turns out you can wait long enough to write about Andy Ludwig. Shortly after we published a post on Gary Andersen planning to hire Dave Baldwin as his Oregon State offensive coordinator instead of Ludwig, reports that Vanderbilt will hire Ludwig to run its offense. The Commodores (3-9) finished 125th in total offense (288.3 yards per game) and 119th in scoring offense (17.2 points per game) this season.

As for Wisconsin, Paul Chryst's former Pitt offensive coordinator, Joe Rudolph, still has to be the presumed favorite to fill Ludwig's shoes at Wisconsin. Don't expect any announcements until after the Outback Bowl on Thursday, however.

Ludwig's departure will be met with mixed results, mostly negative. Wisconsin faced weighty expectations entering the season, but after losing to LSU and seeing the quarterback situation collapse into shambles, fans quickly pegged Ludwig as the most popular scapegoat. B5Q even joined in, publishing a list of "5 Andys who would be better offensive coordinators than Andy Ludwig."

Something to consider, though: the Badgers averaged 34.6 points per game this season, and 34.8 last year. Those totals rank fourth and third in program history, respectively.