When the Tweets started flying and the speculation began to swirl, very few people had any kind of idea who Gary Andersen was. They did not know how to spell his name, let alone have any in-depth knowledge of his coaching legacy and philosophy.
If not for a nervous kicker, Andersen's legend would have been off to a mythical start in Wisconsin as his oft-maligned Utah State Aggies came within a field goal of slaying the goliath Big Ten Badgers. But when his team ran off the field, it seemed as though little of Andersen's presence lingered in Madison - but it was enough to leave an impression.
Today, a little more light has been cast on the mysterious figure that was Coach Andersen. While the requisite honeymoon period is still in full swing with Wisconsin, the unpolished gems of his character and history are revealing themselves. And fans should be very excited about the man leading their team in 2013 and hopefully beyond.