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Wisconsin's Anderson turns down Browns

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen says he was contacted by the Cleveland Browns about their head coaching vacancy and decided not to pursue the job.

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Anderson released a statement Tuesday. The Browns hired coach Mike Pettine last month after a 25-day search; Pettine, Buffalo's defensive coordinator, signed a five-year contract to replace Rob Chudzinski, fired after his lone season ended with a 4-12 record.

Andersen says he decided not to pursue the job after a ''conversation'' with the Browns.

Andersen agreed to a five-year deal worth $10 million when he arrived from Utah State a year ago. He received an extension through January 2019 after Wisconsin finished 9-4 in his first season.

Athletic director Barry Alvarez says ''there will always be people'' who want to talk to talented coaches like Andersen.

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