It is conceivable that Gary could leave USU for greener pastures, but I know
there is only a hand full of places Gary would go to. He truly loves Logan and
it shows. Sure he may not be the next Stew Morrill, but we'll have Gary
around for a while, that you can count on. If he was going to chase the money,
he could have easily been gone. I know for a fact that he told Cal and Colorado
that he was not interested in talking with them. Sony Dykes? Lets just say
that wasn't Cal's first choice.
Along with many others, such as our SLC BYU Fan, that he'd jump to a bigger
pond as soon as he had the opportunity. But my opinion has started to shift
after the last interview Gary gave after the Idaho game. In the interview Coach
A. gave thanks for the fans, the Logan community, and support of the USU
administration. Andersen metioned lessons he learened from his Mother that there
are more important things in life than money and fame. He pushed harder for more
money for his assistance than he asked for himself which tells me money
isn't his #1.Stew Morrill has many times been rumored for
certain jobs. Washington State, and the UofU just to name the most recent, but
he turned down the higher paying-higher profile jobs. I'll admit I'm
not a 100% convinced Coach Andersen will be an Aggie for life but believe he has
more of Stew Morrill's loyalty to the USU program than he's given
@SLC BYU FanActually, it is you who are delusional. Anderson has one of his sons (a freshman) on the team at U State. His other
boy (junior at Logan High) has already committed.Anderson will not
leave USU until he has the opportunity to coach his boys (i.e., another 5-6
years). He has stated his desire to coach his sons at USU. U State agreed to
double Anderson's salary AND the salaries of his staff. With the recent
funding wave at USU, this will increase. It was Gary who asked to sign through
2018 early just to silence the naysayers. Five to six years is a
long time in college football. It took TCU and Boise just one year in the MWC
before getting BCS invites. Moreover, over 75% of the Aggie starters are
returning for next year's season; all signs are pointing to the Aggies
having a BETTER team next year. If U State has another 10-2 record
next year and a MWC title, it will not be long before a BCS conference comes
knocking. At that point, USU would not be expected to just live and die with
whatever Gary decides to do.
Just in case Gary does leave, it's a good idea to have a contingency plan.
This is my list of potential candidates to replace Coach A: Ron
McBride: Rumor has it that he still wants to coach, Utah State would be a great
place for Ron to finish his career. Robb Akey: Former Idaho coach.
Would fit in well at USU and is very familiar with with the MWC teams that USU
will soon be playing.Bronco Mendenhall: Rumors that he will be
looking for work after the BYU Bowl Game. Coach B knows Utah recruiting and has
proven to be a good coach. This is my list of the top three
candidates to replace Gary.
Sports Nutz,I'm pretty sure the WAC thing was a joke. BYU likes
to play WAC teams while claiming they're one of the best teams in the
Way to go Aggies! What a season! Time to finish it off in Boise!!!@SLC BYU Fan:Gary's son just committed to USU. It does not mean he
is staying, but is another strong indicator he will be here... He has 1 more son
in High School that looks to be playing or his dad as well. Time will tell and
Gary won't be here forever, but we have him for now!@stang08:Hey pal... you have been silent about your Aggie hate as of
@Aggie238, The Aggies stole the WAC Championship from the Cougars?? You need
to know what you are writing about before posting.@SLC byu fan, Your
response is just as far off as Aggie238. Andersen is staying and the Aggies
will continue their climb upward. GO AGGIES.......
SLC BYU Fan is just jealous that we stole the WAC Championship from the mighty
Cougars. And he's jealous that we have a coach who actually knows what
he's doing. Enjoy your 7 wins this year, because if next year's
schedule is half what I'm hearing it is from you Cougar fans, you'll
be lucky to get to a bowl game. We'll be happy to oblige you for your
first loss of the year in Logan. Until then, just remember that 3-6 gift the
Aggies gave you this year and thank your lucky stars.
SLC BYU Fan,Your reasoning is nothing but hilarious. "I wish I
could share your optimism." Okay, so share it. Probably best for you to
read the article before you voice your opinion. Gary has said multiple times he
is not leaving. In fact, he said he is staying for a "long, long time."
That doesn't mean forever. It means what he said: a long time. You
honestly think USU fans believe Gary will stay the rest of his career? Not
hardly. But it makes perfect sense for fans to want Gary to stay for as long as
possible. When Gary says he's leaving, then you can talk. Until then,
keep dreaming about BYU going to a national championship. With 7 wins, I'm
pretty sure it could happen. It's pretty common for unranked teams to
magically appear at the championship game. Look, I'm pretty good at
offering illogical reasoning too!
@TallNSkinny43I wish I could share your optimism, but Andersen staying
through 2018 is just as dilusional as thinking he will be like Stew. Just not
gonna happen. Gary coould stay for 2013, but I only give it 50/50 at best and
clearly unfavorable odds for it going beyond.
@SLCI don't think, and I'd image most Aggie fans don't
think that Andersen will be a Stew Morrill, but he has shown all the signs that
he is staying a few years more. And it's not just Aggie fans saying it.
Its Andersen himself.Read the article again its there. Andersen said just
yesterday that he doesn't plan on leaving and that he isn't
entertaining offers from either California or Kentucky, and if he isn't
going to Cal, he definitely won't be going to Colorado. The financial
state of the Aggies has improved dramatically in the facilities, and continues
to do so. This year they double the salaries of Andersen and his Assistants.
Not to mention that #20 ranking they got in the AP's this week. I
doubt he will be the next Stew Morrill, but I bet he stays through his contract
to 2018. Besides he has sons at Logan High who he can coach for the next four
years. Coaching your family (he has one son already on the team) and being in a
great place like Logan trumps being a doormat to the PAC12.
Congratulations! Gary Andersen is definitely the best coach in the State!
Nice job Aggies.
I think too many Aggie faithful are under the impression that Gary Andersen is
another Stew Morrill. The biggest detriment to him staying in Logan remains the
financial state of athletics at Utah State University where they lack the
resources and numbers that both larger on state rivals have. I predict if
Colorado opens up, Andersen would jump at that one just as quickly as he would
at going back down to SLC. The perpetual revolving door will hit Logan yet