Gary Andersen is probably a great coach but apparently has very little loyalty
and very little integrity. Universities are stupid to give a
successful coach an extended contract. It appears that 90 % of the coaches will
use the extended contract with the accompanying big pay increase as leverage to
get a better deal at a school with deeper pockets.
Gary Andersen is a great coach and he will be missed. I knew we wouldn't be
able to keep him forever, but that's the way this business goes. He did leave us a great foundation to build on, though. Matt Wells will do
just fine as head coach. He's proven his offensive abilities and his
connection to the players. The future is still bright for Aggie football.Go Aggies!
To Airliner:None of us that are feeling badly about Anderson's
departure are questioning the wonderful things he's done for the program.
We even understand why people leave for big pay raises. What is hurtful is that
he so recently expressed his commitment and loyalty to USU football by publicly
announcing he wasn't going anywhere and then signed a 6-year extension to
his contract. We die-hards then all breathed a big sigh of relieve as we trusted
his words.Then, within 2 weeks, this news of his imminent departure
surfaces. It shouldn't be that hard for you to understand why many of
us feel hurt and have questioned his loyalty and integrity... since he so
quickly backed out of his commitment and even his signed contract. On top
of that, the program can't just pick up from where it's left off by
hiring one of his assistants who knows the system. He's taking all of his
main assistants with him. None will be left to continue what he started.
I'm sorry if it bothers you that some of us loyal blues do feel a bit
betrayed. But it should be understandable.
As one that doesn't really care if he stayed or went let me say this. One
is that this does show a lack of integrity. I heard him on the radio as recently
as last week make proclomations about being in Logan for the long haul. If you
are going to say that you should actually mean it.Second is that I
can't blame him one bit for doing this. The pay increase is ridiculous and
he has to take it. Where he failed was saying the things he said.
Live and learn I guess.
I think none of us can say too much as we are not in his shoes. What is best for
him and family should be #1. If it all about money then I will agree with many
of you. There is so much more than money. I could survive very well with 25%
(or less) on what he makes at USU. And I have a large family. Make that 10% at
Wis. As much as it would be nice to have more you can not buy what matters
most. Hate to see him go. Hate to see the kids that have come and
committed to USU now have to start over. Hope that USU can continue to go
forward. Many programs have. And it is the players that win the games. The
coaches just provide the tools. All need to remember that. I will
not judge as I am not in his shoes but I would be lying if I did not say I was
disappointed and sad. On the other hand maybe this is the start of the next
great chapter. He was the Prolog. Can’t wait to see what is next.
Wow for once Blue is at a loss for words and Sambone isn't anywhere to be
found? This is great. I loved hearing about Anderson making a better move.
Especially cause now the aggie fan's have nothing to cheer about. I was
the only one who knew it was coming. No one has the success he did and turns
down a big offer at a better school.
Just a little ironic. South of here, (some) fans are calling for a Coach's
head because he made the decisions he was paid to make, was loyal to some of
those choices when they involved people. Some, not all and not even many, of
his choices turned out not to work out, so can him.Up here, (some)
fans can't deal with a coach making a hard decision for himself. Notice
that he turned down/didn't consider several significant upgrades. Makes
one wonder what besides $2 mil the Bdgers talked with him about.I
for one beleive that when he said those things, he wasn't lying. He meant
what he said. Colorado and Cal couldn't change the playing field. Somehow
I've said it many times before an will continue to say it. Anyone who
questions Coach Andersen's integrity or tries to tear down his name does
not know him. All you fans out there bad mouthing and belittling him will never
understand how great this man is or his love for his players, staff, fans and
his family. He is the real deal, they don't come any better than Gary
Andersen. Good luck on the next chapter of your life Coach. The Badgers are the
luckiest team in college football right now.
I agree with Sports Nutz...integrity does matter. But this isn't the first
time he has done this , ie his short time at SUU. Apparently his loyalty to a
program only goes so far, and then personal ambition wins out. I predicted his
short stay in Logan...too bad Ag fans, should have seen the writing on the wall.
Everyone saying GS is a liar or traitor would have done the exact same thing.
He would have stayed unless a program like Wisc came calling. He got a
much better job and a lot more money. Good for him. I hope he wins it all in
Another example of why contract extensions for a coach are a laughing matter.
A coach has no choice to but to say he's there "for the long haul."
How can he say mid-season, "Well, I'm open to entertaining offers if
anyone wants to offer me millions of dollars...." It kind of sucks, but
it's reality. I'll bet not a single critic berating him here would
turn down the same offer, whatever their career field, if they took two minutes
to think about it.Anderson gave us a great season. The Aggies can
build on this and move forward.
Nobody that cares about Coach Andersen should be upset at him for taking an
opportunity to advance his career on a bigger stage and provide his family with
more financial security. Nobody talks about betrayal when a school fires a coach
who isn't winning, even if they have more years left on their contract. Its
just business. Yes, Coach A had signed an extension, but situations change, new
opportunities present themselves. That is why there is a buyout clause in every
contract. The truth is he was being paid way under his market value and so USU
lost him. If they wanted to keep him they should have paid him market value (2
million/year). I for one, wish Coach A the best at Wisconsin.
Seriously, I know this is a tough pill to swallow from the standpoint of
football fans in the state of Utah, but good for Gary Anderson! A guy with
local roots that got his start coaching at Park City High School has done quite
well for himself. For those of you that are citing a lack of
loyalty and integrity, look at it from the perspective of any other field of
occupation. How many in the business world would turn down a job offer from a
competitor that would quadruple their salary? Let alone, an offer for a job in
an arena that would provide satisfaction and fulfillment to a career. Why
should a coach be any different. Fault Gary Anderson all you want,
but do not forget what he has done for USU's program. Prior to his
arrival, local recruits would rather play at Weber. Only BYU and Utah would
have the upper hand on the better instate recruits. Now, USU is a big time
player in landing these athletes. The ball is now in USU's
court. They can bring in a quality replacement. Go Badgers!Go Buckeyes!Go Utes!
I think people(posters) keep missing the point, yes I and you in the almost same
situation would absolutely leave but not after going to the EXTRA effort of
saying I was staying. Knowing that morality and honesty in college football are
dead I still think it sucks for the players to be lied to. Yes I would leave but
no I would not leave after making the unnecessary statement that I was staying,
Especially as far as what he stated to the team. More important to
me is the players sticking around, especially Keeton. Like they all tweeted, as
good as Gary was for Aggie football he never made one play for us. I'm confident with this many coming back, given they come back, that we
will be fine. At 700 K our place in the cfb pecking order are still the same, we
just happen to have players who defy the odds and play like a team with a coach
that makes lets say 2 million:)
I have to laugh at all the nonsense: "sell out" "Lack of
integrity" "thrown under the bus". I sure hope the people making
these accusations have NEVER left an employer to take a better job. It would be
highly hypocritical if they have.
Before everyone destroys Coach Andersen, put yourself in his shoes. That is
generational, family supporting, life changing money. Anyone out there willing
to say that they would turn that down? Not me. Contracts are structured to
protect both sides. I am sure USU will be compensated with some type of buyout
from Wisconsin. Coach will be missed by the Aggies and the community but any one
that tells you they would turn that down is a liar. Good luck to Coach in the
next part of his great career. Thanks for the great work you have done here in
Really not surprised by it at all, and that's not a judgment of character,
as so many who apparently know what's really best for somebody else to do
can judge. It's just an assessment of the situation. I said two months ago
that the worst thing that could happen to the Aggies was winning ten games, and
it just did. Good luck to Gary, and good luck to the Aggies, at least they have
a solid corps of players to build around, and maybe some coaches depending on
which staff Andersen takes with him to Madison.
Andersen just threw the Aggies under the bus. I wouldn't fault him if his
statements the last few weeks were different than what they were. But he made
some strong, decisive, "I'm staying" comments. At least
he'll be super rich now and in the Big 10.
Selling others out? Lack of integrity? I guess I wouldn't have really
expected anything different from someone who has roots at the U. I really do
feel bad for USU though, they just got shortchanged again. Hang in there Aggies
I wish him the best, although I wish he was staying. I believed him when he said
he was going to stay.Two million dollars per year is a lot of money
to walk away from. He can take great care of his kids and grandkids with the
windfall. I hope he beats Ohio State and Urban Meyer.
Once again the Aggies prove to be a stepping stone for another very good coach.
In some ways, he won't be blamed by some people if he'll be making
multiple times the money he's getting here. But on the other hand, he
recently had a joint press conference with USU proclaiming his loyalty to USU
and his players by announcing publicly that he was with USU and his players for
the long haul. He even signed a contract extension to 2018. Many of his players
came to USU strictly because of him, and so now feel betrayed.It's
extremely sad when money trumps loyalty and a person's word. If a signed
contract isn't giving someone your word, then I don't know what is. It
appears contracts are one-sided. They protect the coach's career, but do
nothing for the university who also signs it. Very sad indeed. If this article
is true, my respect for coach Anderson will drop significantly by his selling
out his players and all of Aggie Nation after giving them his word and a firm
commitment to stay. Loyalty equals respect.
I'm still in denial. Say it aint so!!!
Couldn't agree more. The way this whole thing went down speaks volumes
about how in the long run GA will be remembered as a great Coach with no
Understand money is money, but promises are promises! Good luck Coach A in
Wisconsin but you are selling out your true blue Aggies! Not cool!