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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 6 2012 2:00 p.m. MST

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Iowa City, IA

Nice work coach. See you in a BCS Conf. of your choosing.

Farmington, UT

Urban Opportunity Meyer never took the Utah job as a stepping stone, either.

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

I would love to see this guy coaching our Cougs.

Overton, NV

Can't agree more. Not to mention, Anderson built up the USU program while competing with not one, but two better teams right next door. (Calm down Aggie fans. The Cougars and Utes were definitely better before Anderson came along. It's okay to admit it. Now? I'd say they're all pretty even.) It's hard enough to recruit when competing with one other in-state school. USU has to do it with two. And Anderson still has managed to upgrade that team big time. He won't get coach of the year, but he'll be more deserving the the guy who does get it.

Palmer, AK

Great job coach you deserve coach of the year. Logan is a great place and even as a Ute fan I am very happy to see USU having great success. Keep up the great work!

IRS Agent

I've said it for two years now, Coach Anderson was the real coaching genious at the U. Whittingham rode his coattails for years. Look at the records of the two teams since Anderson left. It is obvious who was driving the success at Utah.

Congrats Coach Anderson.

Mark my words, USU will be the next Boise State. Five years from now, everyone will be talking about them like they have Boise the last few years.

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

Who cares what Meyer did and other coaches did. I hope Anderson stays at USU for a long time. It is hard to build something in a place like Logan, but once you have it you should enjoy it. Logan is a true college town, and could become a true college football haven if somebody could stay committed to it. Urban Meyer made a mistake when he left Utah. At Utah he lived in an atmosphere where he was treated like a part of the family instead of just a coach of a football team. It is hard to find that, and I think Anderson has that at USU. More money can't make up for that kind of living/working environment. He is paid well enough to be very comfortable. If Anderson has any sense at all, he will stay in Logan for another several years and enjoy the life it offers, the life he has built. Way to go Coach Anderson!

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Too bad some of the commentators here had to use this article as a stepping stone for their own cheap shots.

Any idiot can admire the results of what Anderson has accomplished on the field and behind the scenes. But the paragraphs about handling the missionary aspect of a young athlete's life elevated coach Anderson into very rare air indeed.

I recognize I've been too thin skinned in the past and really can't appreciate just how much anything BYU antagonizes a lot of Aggies, but I really do hope that BYU will show respect by rewarding USU with future one and ones, and that regular games between the two can become the foundation of the very best that a rivalry can and should be.

Logan, UT

For those worried about Andersen leaving, I wouldn't be too concerned. His sons play at Logan High and over the next 6 years will be in college. His son plays for him now. He just signed a contract extension for up through 2018 and he talks in private and public about how much he likes Logan and his plans for USU. All things considered, I think he will be around for a few years. And if he can continue to build the program. He doesn't need to leave Logan. Examples: Mendenhall, Whittingham, Chris Peterson... Just to name a few.

Salt Lake City, UT

So. Cal Reader, that is too much to hope for.

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

We LOVE Andersen!!! It takes an incredible amount of effort and skill to turn around a program that had long since forgotten how to win. Several of us have purchased USU season football tickets for the first time. We still have major improvement to make in filling the stadium, but the Aggies are definetly moving in the right direction. The move to the MWC will help USU to continue to improve both football and basketball programs.

Go Big blue!!!

Payson, UT

RE:So. Cal Reader is can't happen he is not LDS.
I think Anderson is a great coach and I hope that USU pay's him what he is worth. Best of luck in the MWC.

Granstville, UT

Gary Andersen has surely turned around the aggie football program. He's made some positive changes in most every aspect. However, two things that cannot be overlooked this year, is the job Matt Wells and Dave Aranda have done as the coordinators of the offense and defense. Subtle changes in the offensive scheme by Wells, but a huge change in defensive philosophy by Aranda over what Andersen instilled at the end of games.

With a lead, Andersen insisted on rushing 3, dropping 8, his infamous "prevent" defense. It cost him close games at the U, and also at U State. Aranda, on the other hand keeps the pedal to the metal. He knows pressure is what causes mistakes and forces short throws when passes can be completed at the end of games. Andersen let the QB set up a picnic while waiting for a receiver to break open, often times far down the field, or in the endzone.

So, while Andersen has improved things in Logan, his biggest accomplishment this year is hiring Wells and Aranda, and they weren't even mentioned in the article.

Orem, UT

The Nun: Who hired these guys? Anderson. He's the boss, who is orchestrating the success. Credit where credit's due. He's the best coach in this state right now. Go Aggies!

AZ Ute
Scottsdale, AZ

Great article, Doug. Love your writing. As a son of two Aggies, I rooted for the AC until I went to the U because I was reaised in SLC and lived at home during college like the rest of the sheep. My dad even took me to Monday night Aggie Booster meetings at the Mountain Fuel Supply building or the State Capitol Annex....anywhere Aggie alums could find a free room. Legends to a young boy like John Ralston, Merlin Olsen and Tommy Larscheid would come down from Logan and show 16 mm film and talk about the previous Saturday's game. Of course, the best part for my brother and me was watching the plays in reverse. Nothing like a receiver launching a long bomb back over his shoulder and the QB snagging it with one hand and tucking it under the center's bottom. Alas, big Utah fan now, but still love the Aggies,am very happy for their recent success and shed no tears when they beat the Utes this year.

To Nun: Insightful comment about the coordinators. Wasn't Andersen still the U's D Coordinator during "Harline is still open?"

Granstville, UT

I'm confused. Is coach Andersen, related to coach Anderson, and why are they both referred to interchangeably?

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

Re: Shorts. I didn't know that. I presumed someone playing at Ricks College would have been LDS. You're correct. Not only do you have to be a member of the church to be a head coach at BYU, you have to be a "member in good standing." Which I'm perfectly fine with. If that's the case about Anderson, perhaps the Utes have their next "coach in waiting."

Re: utahutesfanatic- "Urban Meyer made a mistake when he left Utah." Yeah. I guess those two nat'l championships at Florida were a "mistake" and really hurt him personally. That was the best move for him professionally. Curious how that could be viewed as a "mistake"?

Aloha Saint George
Saint George, Utah

I'll never forget going to the Utah- Alabama game. When Utah won, the team usually poors Gatorade over the head coach. It was most bazaar when I saw Coach Andersen get his own bucket of Gatorade.
Later when I heard Coach Andersen was going to be the head coach at USU, I was thrilled. My oldest son plays football at USU and is their deep snapper. I initially was excited to see him have his own education paid for without help from dad- I was okay with the losing history- getting a degree more important. Again, when Coach Andersen came; my son with the rest of the team/coaches get to learn how to take a team that was in the dumps into a program that is winning if he stays/ or others follow his model learned from Ron McBride.
My son and the rest of the kids respect him. He gets the best from his players and staff. He's a "what you see is what you get" kind of guy. There's a great mixed of culture for the boys to learn from. Thank Coach Andersen, 2012 Coach of the Year!

AZ Blue & Red
Gilbert, AZ

I am a huge fan of USU. Even more so now that they are getting some respect. Great to see them do well. Hope it continues. Even though I have no real affiliation to USU other than I am from Utah and they are a great team I may have to change my handle to AZ Blue, Red & Blue. (in reality it is that now anyway)

I wish the best for USU and that they will continue to do well. You have a huge fan in AZ. (Can't say that about any of the AZ teams)

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

I'm happy for USU and for Andersen, and that he seems content to stay. Too often coaches are lured out of their ability by money and then fail when they could have stayed and been successful at a smaller level.

Great job on the grammar...they're vs their. No wonder print news is in decline!

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