Wisconsin football’s new coach: Chris Petersen

WIREFILE WIRE FILE The Wisconsin Badgers announced that head coach Chris Petersen is joining the team as its next head coach, per a press release from the school on Tuesday. 

Petersen will take over for the retiring Bob Stoops at the start of the 2017 season.

The announcement comes on the heels of a surprising hiring at the school, with former Michigan coach Brady Hoke being named the school’s new athletic director. 

“I am thrilled to be joining the Badgers as the next head man of the Wisconsin football program,” Petersen said.

Pettens first season with the Badgs saw them finish 8-4, and he went 2-1 in conference play. “

As a former head coach of the Badger football program, I am honored to be selected as the new head coach at the University of Wisconsin.” 

Pettens first season with the Badgs saw them finish 8-4, and he went 2-1 in conference play.

He went 0-2 against Big Ten opponents. 

Hoke took over the program in 2016, going 3-2 with a 4-3 mark in conference action. 

In his four seasons as an assistant, Petersen went 5-2 in conference. 

Wisconsin had three different coaches in 2016 and 2015. 

The Badgers finished 10-5 overall in 2017 and are in the hunt for their first Big Ten Championship since 2008. 

Bryan Fischer of ESPN’s College GameDay and Brett McMurphy of CBS Sports are both profiles of Petersen. 

For more on Wisconsin’s season, check out the Badies schedule.