LOGAN — After being rumored to be in the running for nearly every available head coaching job in the country, Utah State head coach Gary Andersen ended the speculation on Friday night. Andersen announced through a press release that he will remain the head football coach at Utah State next season.
"I plan to remain the head football coach at Utah State University," Andersen said in the news release. "The interest I have received is a compliment to the quality young men in this program. Their hard work and dedication has built a culture that will enable us to continue to be successful at a very high level moving forward."
In his fourth season at the helm at Utah State, Andersen has turned around a Utah State program that many considered one of the worst head gigs in the country. The Aggies won 10 games this season on their way to the best season in school history. Performing that football miracle was enough to get Andersen on the radar for several BCS schools. Sources say that he was the number one choice to fill the vacancy at Cal. Colorado and Kentucky also reportedly contacted him about his interest in their openings.
Andersen told the Deseret News in an interview Friday night that there was no one deciding factor that pushed him to the decision. The relationship with the kids in the program, the leadership from President Stan Albrecht and athletic director Scott Barnes and the fans and community feeling in Cache Valley all added up to keep him at Utah State.
Utah State is currently ranked 20th in the AP poll and will next play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 15th in Boise. Andersen said he is happy to be done with the rumor mill and ready to get back to coaching and getting ready for the bowl matchup.
"I'm grateful and humbled and everything in-between to be mentioned," Andersen said. "But now we can get focused on the task at hand and the goal the team set out before the season — winning a bowl game."
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