Utah State football: Players react on Twitter to Gary Andersen's departure


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    Dec. 25, 2012 5:44 p.m.

    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.

  • Sambonethegreat Logan, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 5:07 p.m.

    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!

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Dec. 20, 2012 10:16 a.m.

    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.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 3:11 p.m.

    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.

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    Dec. 19, 2012 2:13 p.m.

    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.

  • Stang08 Cedar City, Utah
    Dec. 19, 2012 1:04 p.m.

    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.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Dec. 19, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    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 Wisconsin did.

  • Me, Myself and I The Promised Land, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 11:26 a.m.

    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.

  • Backtothebasics Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 11:16 a.m.

    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.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 10:53 a.m.

    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 Madison.

    Dec. 19, 2012 10:24 a.m.

    Another example of why contract extensions for a coach are a laughing matter.

  • Joe Moe Logan, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    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.

  • jbkhbrmz Saint George, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 8:46 a.m.

    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.

  • airliner Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    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!

  • nehu Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 8:29 a.m.

    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:)

  • Max Charlotte, NC
    Dec. 19, 2012 8:16 a.m.

    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.

  • CobraCommander Orem, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    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 Utah!

    Dec. 19, 2012 8:13 a.m.

    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.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Dec. 19, 2012 7:36 a.m.

    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.

  • DaveKnowsWhatsUp Bloomington, IN
    Dec. 19, 2012 7:35 a.m.

    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

  • Peter Coyotl West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 7:19 a.m.

    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.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 6:59 a.m.

    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.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 12:13 a.m.

    I'm still in denial. Say it aint so!!!

  • Sports Nutz Smithfield, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 11:47 p.m.

    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 Integrity.

  • 86&90UTE Holladay, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 11:23 p.m.

    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!