- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Turns out newly hired Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst had more competition for the job than anyone thought.

Not that most of the 45 other applicants who sought to replace Gary Andersen ever had a serious shot.

Through an open records request The Associated Press on Monday obtained applications from everyone who applied for the UW football coaching job.

As previously known, current Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda was among the serious candidates who applied, along with former Army coach Richard Ellerson and a number of coaches around the country at small colleges and even high schools.

But it’s clear many applied as a joke.

Like Jarrad Dann of Arizona who says he’s qualified for the job because he’s “ridiculously good” at the NCAA football game for Xbox 360.

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