All these negitive comments about a program that only has one direction to go,
UP ! Everyone is only looking at the past, where USU has had no conference
other than the Best West, PCAA, or Sun belt to recruit to. At least now they are
in where they belong WAC and a place where they can have some growth for the FB
program.I think for the first time in many years the program can produce a
quality FB team in the near future, including a Bowl. And if they do and the
coach leaves for greener pastures it will still attract another decent coach who
will be able to come in and keep it going. And Logan is a pretty nice
place to play and to receive an education. I think it's interesting how people
criticize a place that was just honored again for being the "safest Metro Area"
in the USA.
the only coach for utah state is mike canales. he will stay more then one year
and he will bring in a great staff. mike canales is the only one for the job.
Gary Anderson is only looking for a raise at Utah. They will try to match
whatever he makes at Utah State. He is not in it to be a head coach. He wants
more money at utah and will wait till whittingham leaves to be the next guy
there. Hire someone who wants to be there and has actual ties to the area i.e.
Baer or Canales. Dont make this mistake and hire Anderson.
What a joke, hiring someone from the U of U! Where is the loyality to the USU
faithful. Mark my words; if we hire a Ute with a losing record as a HC, we will
regret it.Barnes...If you hire Andersen, your days will be numbered.
I like either Andersen or John L. Smith. Hopefully they do it soon so the new
coach can get started! The Aggies were much improved this year (really should
have won that Fresno State game) so I think they only have room to go up from
here (especially with a motivational and experienced coach) I would not be
surprised to see this team to 5-6 or 6-5 next year and maybe 7-4 in a couple
years if they would schedule a little easier. :)It would be great
for the state to see all local teams having a good year! Good luck to ALL!
I really think they should have darrell dickey be the next coach. He is a great
offensive coordinator and has head coaching experience! The could probably get
him for 125,000 per yr and save some money!
Anderson is a zoomer, he will be gone from Logan in 2-3 years. Logan is not a
long term coaching location. He'll improve the defense, win a couple more games
a year, then take the first offer at a bigger football school.
Those who do not think that the USU football program is on the rise did not
follow aggie football very closely this year. The offense was scoring around 40
points a game the last 5 or 6 games. This was with a bunch of Freshmen and
Sophmores at all the skilled positions, and a bunch of Freshmen on the offensive
line. Guy put a foundation in place for there to be quite a bit of success in
the next few years. This is why we are seeing such high interest in the job
from quality coaches. The program is on the way up.
Tombstone's opinion is an odd one. Did somebody spit in his Bosco?Anderson should do well and, at least arguably, has greater upside than John
L. but without the baggage of having left under less than stellar conditions.Guy was hired over Canales and Baer last time out. he still looks
better on paper than the SoFla passing game (not offensive) coordinator and
SanJose's linebackers' coach. Both are on the way down.As for
UCLA's DC, just why should we believe that a coordinator on a lower division P10
team would not be Guy II?Anderson looks like the guy for the job.
On the way up. Hungry. Building a killer resume the right way. If he gets the
right coordinators and staff, things could turn around very quickly.6-6 next year? Could be, even playing the southern stench both on the road in
Andersen left SUU for one reason: the SUU admin. would not support him by
paying his coaches a living wage! He had some great assistants (Sitake,
Roderick) with families to support who were making about 20k per year! He knew
thwy qould be gone if he couldn't pay them more, but the SUU admin. told him he
could not fundraise to bring in more money to pay his coaches. Why would
anybody stay with that level of (non)commitment to the program? He would be an
outstanding coach for USU and would recruit Utah kids. And guy left the program
WAY better than he found it (better facilities, good young players, direct
flights in and out of Logan - not guy's doing on the last one but still a big
plus). Yes, he may leave if he does well, but honestly the type of coach who
has no aspirations beyond Utah State is probably not a good enough coach to turn
the program around. Are more people mad at Urban for leaving Utah, or thankful
for where he left the program? (easily the 2nd) Think about that!
Should have kept coach Guy. Get someone who wants to build a tradition and
stick around!!Graveyard?Yeah! just look at chris
cooley and Kevin Curtis. Total graveyard dude! Biggest names from the state
baby!! Eat your own graveyard!!
All this talk overlooks the obvious.USU is a GRAVEYARD for
FOOTBALL.KARL ROVE could not make a winner out of USU.ENOUGH WITH THE COMEDY!
You all complain of no loyalty from Anderson, what great loyalty you showed guy!
He took a program from scratch, got a bunch of freshman and sophmores to
compete this year, yes they did not win but they put forth more effort than that
program has seen in years, than you "can the guy" and won't let him coach his
recruits to see how good they will become and yes next year you would have been
a decent program. You want loyalty show some yourselves.
I like how you can tell the obvious difference between those who actually
watched utah state and saw the improvement and those that are clueless to
workings of the program. They have improved and oh yeah, I beleive that byu got
blown out by all the ranked opponents they played this year too! Its a program
on the verge of great things, with a good coach and some money, they could
contend in a conference that most years could contend with or beat the MWC. GO
Andersen--very capable coach, downside would be as soon as he won, he would
leaveCanales--might be a real good choice, may be committed for the long
haul, don't really know that much about him as a coach but people are high on
himJohn L--did a good job for sure but left USU as soon as a better job
presented itself, would he not likely do it again? Also, a bit long in the
tooth.Anae--Not sure he's ready to be a Head Coach at this level but might
surprise, also might be a long term guyBaer--Actually met him once when he
was recruiting an athlete I coached at West HS years ago, I think he was ASU
then--seemed like a nice guy but also came across a bit like a used car
salesman. A bit older he would likely stay in the long haul and consider this
his dream job. Much traveled coach and that should be a bit concerning
thoughWalker--I think this might be a good choice but always a threat to
leave for green pasteurs but a capable minority hire would be a feather in USU's
cap and he could recruit CA well--my choice!
Re: RE:RVALENS2"Actually USU was seconds away from being 5-7 this
year playing 9 teams that are bowl eligible."Sorry, but woulda,
coulda, shoulda, isn't going to hack it. If my team loses 11 of 12 games by one
point, they are still 1-11.Although I believe Andersen will be a
great hire for USU. It's going to take a couple of years for the new offensive
and defensive schemes to take place.That being said, I hope I'm
wrong and USU goes 11-1, losing only to the Utes.
Although I think Andersen is a great coach, USU needs someone with more
experience as head coach to turn things around up there. If they are smart they
would be looking toward a fired MWC coach that will not have such a learning
curve to turn things around. Look toward Chuck Long or Joe Glenn.Andersen
should be looking for an assistant job at a bigger school or head coach at a
program where the situation is less miserable. I think he would be stepping into
a career stopper at USU and it would be another 3-4 years of frustration in
how can you say that guy has turn things around? He is the first coach that has
had a shot with being in the wac and he couldn't do that. If all of his skilled
players are just freshman and sophmores, it shows us that no players enjoyed
playing for him. His first year was the best going 3-8 with five guys going on
to the next level. Since then in the four years he has been here he has won 6
games in three seasons. Barnes did the right thing with getting rid of him and
players have told me that most of the assistant coaches are worse especially
If Anderson is leaving for USU, this may mean that Kyle isn't leaving Utah. If
Anderson thought Kyle was leaving, he wouldn't step a foot in Cache County as he
would surely be the top prospect for the Utah job.
This would be a bad move for both Andersen and USU.USU would do
better to hire someone with prior USU ties and Andersen would do better to wait
at Utah for a better option down the road. I know from direct experience that,
despite what some are saying, Andersen is an effective recruiter and a very good
defensive coach. He will need a really good offensive coordinator to turn the
Aggies into a WAC contender, though. I don't see him turning things around for
USU very quickly and predict that he will be gone within 4 years. I agree that
Guy should have been given one more year.
I'd hate to see him leave the Utes but,I think Utah State can be a good fit for
the right coach. If anyone do it, it's coach A. He has to change the mindset
that it's a farm team for Utah and TDS (see Tate and Poppinga), But he's
respected and clearly talented. I say don't go because I'm selfish and want to
see him stay.
@ Anderson 3:57 p.m.:Did you completly ignore the title of the
article and have you buried your head in the sand, shutting off any contact with
Utah sports? It is AndersEn from Utah.
This is not good news. Andersen is one of those guys who is a good coordinator
that won't be a good head coach. Should have kept Guy.
I have watched USU football since the days of Bruce Snyder's good teams. Pella
was a disaster and started the downward spiral. Weatherbie breathed some life
into the program. Smith did the same. The last three coaches turned out to be
bad hires. If USU feels it needs to go back in time, I would much rather flush
out Weatherbie instead of Smith. But my preference is NOT to go backwards.
Hire Anderson, Walker, or Canales. Any one of them would be good choices.
Gary Amdersen's first recruiting class at SUU had 26 players from the state of
Utah that had received all-state honors.
It's not the Anderson from Utah, its the Anderson from Michigan State. And he
is a decent coach, better then Coach GUy
I really really want Walker but I am excited about all the canidates. I think
they all have something to be excited about and they have to be more media savy
than Guy. Andersens stint at SUU bothers me a little but like I said I would be
happy with any of the candidated provided we tried to get Walker.
Hiring a Ute will pretty much get Barnes ran out of town.Start looking for
Andersens replacement now. He'll be outta there in two years.Another hire
of someone that doesn't really want to be in Logan, what a suprise. He'll be
looking for a job as soon as he gets there.Whatever you do Aggies,,,don't
hire someone that will have the support of the community. It's never been done
before,,why do it now?
BARNES PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT HIRE ANDERSON!!We dont want him here in
Logan. He has no loyalty. NO TO ANDERSON
Don't want AndersenHave a bad feeling about This!My 110
year old Weather forecaster even says NO!No to Andersen!Yes, To Chico and the Man!
Please hire Chico Canales. He is the man to move this program where it needs to
theres only one coach for the aggies and his name is John L. Smith not some ute
coordinator USU needs a coach and John L can plain coach and recruit thats a no
I was told john L was a guarentee....
Guy built a great foundation? What foundation is that? The most he ever won
was 4 games in a season in a very terrible conference. He's never beaten a
great team and got blown out in every ranked team. Anderson, don't
go. Stay where you can win, not where you'll never win. You'll always get the
scraps left over from other Utah schools. I feel so bad for any guy who gets
What was his record as SUU...oh yeah...mmmwhahahhaa
A Mickey Mouse job for a Mickey Mouse guy.
I would not want him. Look what he did at SUU. The man will never help the
a steal in my opinion. Many posters are down on the Aggies and probably
rightfully so but USU is serious like never before about winning. I am sure that
statement will earn many potshots but they have put many million into their
facilities AND it appears that they are DOUBLING the pay for the incoming coach
to around 500K vs. Guy making 250K approx. There is NO reason USU cannot win
against other WAC teams. We beat Hawaii, NMSU and IDAHO this year, also we
"could" have beat Fresno State minus the 58 yarder, so basically if Boise leaves
there is NO reason we wont be in the running. I think many in Utah compare Logan
to Salt Lake or Provo. Having lived in two other "WAC cities" I can say without
hesitation Logan is not a bad place to live at all. Sure SLC would be better but
Logan is a very nice community, low crime, good schools, outdoors, etc; Yes it
is cold but if you look at averages it is within 5-10 of the greater Wasatch.I wont politic anymore only to say Anderson would be a great great
Gary Anderson is a flake. He only coached at SUU for one year, and he hired
inexperienced FRIENDS to complete his coaching staff. Wes Meier? The guy was a
high school coach and became the assistant head coach. Anderson put in for the
Idaho State job a couple years ago, and then he pulled out when he was becoming
the front runner. He's sniffing for the best job, and he will have absolutely
ZERO loyalty to USU.Canales. Baer. Why USU doesn't reach for
somebody who WANTS to be there is beyond me.
I have had the great opportunity to spend a fair amount of time with Coach Guy
and his staff. They have done a better job than most know. He had nothing when
he started, and you can see how the young players have progressed. A sign of
good coaching.Coach Anderson will be terrific, if hired. I hope he
keeps some of the good young assistants who are already there, like Danilo
Robinson and Troy Copp, both of whom will be good D-coordinators within a few
years. I have faith in Barnes. I know that, like many
long-suffering fans, we are ready for a turnaround!
The man can recruit. This is a blurb from the Utes site...Andersen
is also considered one of the best recruiters in the nation. He was named as the
nation's No. 1 non-BCS recruiter in 2005 by Rivals.com. He was cited as a
Rivals.com Top 10 non-BCS recruiter in 2008.
I can't believe the negativity; Gary Anderson has been ranked in the top 10 best
recruiters by scouts inc. for the past 4 years! Wake up Aggies. As for those who
think it will take years to get to 6-6 you clearly didn't watch the Aggies over
the last five games. I think there is a lot of talent returning and Anderson
could have us bowl eligible next season!
Actually USU was seconds away from being 5-7 this year playing 9 teams that are
bowl eligible. keep in mind almost all of USU's skill players were freshman and
sophmores. I wouldn't be surprised to see USU 6-6 next year and going to a bowl
in the next 2. If you don't think so you didn't pay attention this year.
Would be a great hire. Do it! Go Aggies!
The aggie football team is ready to take off. Guy actually built a very good
foundation. With the new facilities and new committment from the administration
I think USU football is going to turn some heads in the coming years. Andersen
is no dummy. He sees it.
This is great and all, but can he recruit?
Coach Andersen don't take the job unless they give you four year contract to
turn things around. Things are a mess up there. It's going to take at least a
couple of years to reach 6-6.However, I'm pulling for you USU!
Part of their problem has always been that Brent Guy did not recruit within the
state, neither will Gary Andersen don't do it! You will have the same results,
mediocre out of state players that no other schools wanted. Gary would rather
offer walk on status to in state kids and full scholarships to out of state
kids, that works at Utah where kids want to attend may not go so well at Utah
I was hoping for UCLA's assistant. Anderson, Baer and Canales were next on my
list of hopefuls. I was hoping it wouldn't be John L.Coach Guy is
leaving the program in better shape than when he became coach. In some ways, I
wished the Aggies would have let him coach one more year. The record wasn't
great, but the Aggies were going in the right direction. I hope the next coach
can accelerate the improvement.
Utah state is where coaching careers go to die. Stay utah another year or so
and wait for a better job to open up where you can win a few games. You have 10
starters reterning on D so you will still be among the best next year too!
Like coach Anai, he also did a stint at Ricks College.
do it now, aggies
While I think it's important to get behind whom ever gets the job, I'm not real
up on hiring another Asst. Coach, or even a D1AA coach. There are legit,
seasoned and winning D1A coaches out there looking for work, we should start
with them IMHO.
I wonder if Coach Anderson will still be interested in coaching for the Utes in
their bowl game, or if Kyle will even want him at the bowl game, if Gary accepts
the Utah State job before the game?