Today's TCU Horned Frogs: Tomorrow's USU Aggies?

Published: Friday, Sept. 27 2013 9:00 a.m. MDT

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Gary Andersen began his head coaching career at non-FBS Southern Utah University in 2003. His first Division I-A head coaching job was with Utah State, where he compiled a 26-24 record and attracted the University of Wisconsin after an 11-2 season last year. That included a WAC championship and an invitation to play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, USU’s second straight berth in the game after its appearance in 2011 marked its first bowl appearance since making just two since 1961. Andersen coached linebacker Bobby Wagner, a likely NFL Pro Bowler, in his second-to-last season in Logan.

Andersen lasted just four years at USU, where he revived a sunken program. He improved in each of his last three years, going 7-6 and 11-2 after back-to-back 4-8 seasons. He led the Aggies to their second-ever bowl victory and first since 1993, their first top 25 finish since 1961, and held the highest winning percentage among USU coaches since John Ralston (1959-62).

At the end of the season — after the Aggies faced the University of Wisconsin — Andersen accepted a head coaching offer by the BCS’ Badger program. The tone and tenor of his exit remains a highly controversial subject among many USU fans and could for years to come.
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