As a USU fan, I actually have no problem with Gary leaving. Disappointed - yes,
but I certainly understand why he did. Unlike most coaches, he did not leave USU
high and dry for its bowl game, and did not let the job search distract from
finishing his job this season the right way. I respect him for that and wish him
well going forward. Gary took a huge pay raise, is moving into a great
situation, and will be living in one of the great college towns in America. One
can hardly blame him for taking the job. He at least has proven that instead of
being a coaching graveyard, USU can be the stepping stone to an elite college
coaching job. Gary was a part of the USU turnaround, but not the sole reason.
Thank to the administrative support, new facilities have been built, are under
construction, or in the planning stages. USU is headed into what should be the
best of the "gang of five" conferences. Matt Wells is well respected by
the team and has proven himself at several coaching stops. He is young and full
of energy as well, and he is a USU alum.
Andersen did the right thing by signing an extension before leaving because that
most likely will mean USU gets money in a buyout -- money that the university
would not have received had Andersen not signed an extension. So now they can
package that extra money to lure another good coach.
If you think people would leave for 3x more money no matter what I say learn
economics, specifically the simple concept of utility. If a someone has a ton of
money already giving then more will not always make them better off. (Giving a
broke person 1000 bucks may make them happier than if it were to be given to
warren buffet.) that's why we believed him. He was set to make 750k with
his new contract, which is a ton especially for Logan. Because we thought he
valued those players and watching his sons play more than the money
You need to read your article Rock from Dec. 7. Seems like you drank the
Anderson kool-aid and are now trying to help him escape from town with the loot
he stole from the bank. What's up? Are you planning on running for
Rock, don't stick up for him. This is a terrible spin. Truth is Anderson
lied, mis-lead, or went back on his word. Leave the definition of "is"
Sorry Rock, you're wrong. Take a lesson from Doug Robinson's article
in today's DN.Say what you mean and mean what you say. BTW Rock, at what point (dollar amount) did his word/honor become
I think both colleges and coaches understand the situation. A couple poor
seasons after this one and Utah State could be firing today's hero. There
is zero job security in college football for coaches. I can't fault
Anderson for grabbing an opportunity to coach at a big time program and gain
financial security at the same time. I think his expressed feelings for Logan
were genuine, but he also understands how the game works. If Wisconsin has a
couple bad seasons- he'll be looking for another job again- but with a few
million in the bank he'll move on with his family's financial future
secure if he's any kind of a money manager. Boise State survived a
coaching change after their first BCS win. Utah State needs to look to the
future- they are still in a great position to continue to build momentum for the
WAC vs. Big Ten. Money aside, this is a professional advancement move that any
one of us would have taken.
Any program that has virtually zero access to the BCS and can never pay the
coaches a BCS type salary have to understand that there are destination programs
in collegiate sports and there are stepping stone programs. The programs in the
stored elite conferences still stand out as destination gigs and Andersen was
definitely an up and coming commodity. It is totally understandable however for
fans to feel as if they had been reassured one minute then left in the lurch the
next. Both sides in this issue have reasons to feel what they feel, but I agree
with Rock that nothing malicious lies behind this decision.
He left for a great job. CU was a horrible job, that paid more than USU. Cal
would have been a good job, better than USU. Wisc is a great job. Upset Aggie
fans would have done the exact same thing.
Brad Rock's new book is "The Boy Who Cried Wolf and we'd all do
the same."Coaches seem to live by another set of standards. They
demand their recruits honor their verbal commitments, but don't do that
themselves. They cry out for players to accept responsibility for
their actions and make them run wind sprints when they break their word... then
they make big, bold statements about not leaving and then leave.Would we all do the same for 3 times more money? Depends on our standards and
definitions of character. Selling out is such an easy thing to do when the price
is right, so easy to rationalize.
@henry drummondYou're getting light headed. You may see
anderson and wisconsin in the rose bowl. You won't be seeing whittingham
and utah there.
I love how so many commenters, Rock included, know how we all feel. "We
would all leave for 3X the salary." That's not true. Yes, it's
tempting, but if I was already being paid a boat load of cash and had a good
job, great recruits, was being seen as a hero in my home state, I think I would
stay. Andersen had the opportunity to do what Bobby Bowden did in Florida State
or what Bill Snyder did at Kansas State: create a super power at a state school
and stay there and become a hero. The Aggies could have been a perennial top 10
team, ala Boise State. He may have missed the Rose Bowl but he could have become
a legend. Instead he's just another one in the long line of coaches who
left. And don't compare Urban Meyer to Gary Andersen. Urban isn't from
here. His leaving was unexpected. Gary is from here. His leaving was unexpected
to many of us who believed that his words meant something. They don't.
Hey Utah State, you want Brandon Doman?
I am a Cougar fan and I am sad to see Gary leave. He could of really helped
build a great rivalry with the Cougars. He seems like a decent man and is
definitely a great coach. I think Wisconsin is getting a great find. The
Ewetes suck so I was really hopeing to see Utah State as our rival. I wish him
all the best. I am betting he will still be a big help for Utah State by
scheduling them in the years ahead. Too bad all you Aggie fans wouldn't
come to the football games and support him and what he accomplished at Utah
State. You missed out on something special. GO COUGARS!
Few places are worse than Logan in the winter. Anywhere in Wisconsin is that
place.Bundle up Gary! And enjoy your money...
anyone who begrudges him for leaving should get out of Cache Valley on occasion.
As an avid Wisconsin fan (who's going to his third Rose Bowl this January),
I understand the feelings... Bret Bielema bailed from a super situation to one
with great risks... and of course, more money. I don't think any of us saw
that coming. However, things tend to work out in the end... after all,
we're getting Gary Anderson! Take a deep breath, folks, and
remember... it's just a game.
I think people will miss Gary Anderson, but I doubt many would think he should
pass this opportunity up. Its a dream job. Another dream is for Utah and
Wisconsin to play against each other in the Rose Bowl with Coach Kyle and Coach
Gary at the helm. Maybe they'll play for the National Championship. Maybe
I'm getting light headed, but its fun to think about.
last time USU went to a bowl was with John L Smith wasn't it? I think he
Wish I could have been a mouse in his pocket when talking with all of his new
recruits: "Please come to Utah State. I plan on being here a long time. Just
come and I plan on taking real good care of you. In fact, I plan on starting you
as a true freshman. In fact, I plan on making our entire (substitute correct
word here; Offense/Defense/Special Teams) center around your talents. Really. I
guarantee you I plan on having the rest of the team elect you as Captain. If
that's not enough, I plan on having you graduate with honors and be
accepted in the graduate program of your choosing."I hope all
the incoming USU commits take this opportunity to look elsewhere. After all, you
only planned on attending USU.
Anderson really just wanted to beat BYU next year-he knew Wisconsin gave him the
Stop the gary-lovefest Me, Myself...Im gagging on your words. Your user name is
his mantra, totally in it for himself. His team at SUU might have won more
games but I know for a fact he left the program in a total financial mess. More
money to support his family? You mean he, his wife and 3 college-age boys
can't live on 700k???? Oh I guess 2 M is going to keep him out of the poor
house. This is ladder-climbing blind ambition, pure and simple. I know a lot
better men than he so stop insulting my intelligence!
Sounds like the man had 3X as many reasons to go as to stay. Best Wishes to
USU in finding another great coach.
Coach Andersen did nothing legally wrong, but morally . . . I'd have to say
that he should parsed his words a little more carefully.Sorry to see
you go Coach, but after what you have done for Utah State you won't be soon
forgotten. Best of luck, in your future endeavors.
So what was behind the press release on the 30th? Was it selling Potato Bowl
tickets, pacifying new recruits, keeping assistant coaches within the program,
securing pending alum $$'s or all of the above? After some
reflection, it seems obvious that the administration as well as Gary knew there
were more interviews on the horizon and that there was going to be a coaching
change sooner than later.
Sad part Mr Rock is if he takes his whole staff it will be a death sentence for
the future. My 16 year old woke me up with the news around 10:00 pm last night.
A lot of people up here understand the better offer but are steaming over the
way he provided so much hope for the future just to flip the light switch and go
the other direction. Coach Anderson is a great coach but our fears are about
who will stay in the program, players and coaches alike. And what will happen
to all of the recruits who were ready to sign with the aggies?? Not that this
hasn't happened before at Utah State, someone gets things rolling and then
bails on there own creation. There is no commitment anymore in college sports,
its all about the money. Sad but true.
The only people who have a right if any to be upset are his players. Go read
their comments, some are confused, some are hurt, some disappointed, but not one
of them is bashing him or tearing him down. Most have offered their support and
wish him the best. Having played for him I can say this, Gary Andersen loves
his team, not just as a whole but each individual player and coach. He leaves
USU better than he found it, as he did at SUU and Utah. That's all we can
really ask of anyone is when you leave and most of us do leave one job for the
next that we left it better than when we arrived. Anyone who says Coach Andersen
has no integrity simply does not know him and or they're severely lacking
integrity themselves by slandering a man that's as good a person as
you'll find, probably better. Stop the hypocrisy wish Coach the best
because I know him and I know he would do the same for anyone else without
I love how aggie fan's are talking about integrity. Especially when they
have none. Looks like Anderson is finally gonna have some real talent to work
with. He played the game with the press but we all knew (unless you were a
dreamer) he wasn't gonna stay after a season like that.
It's amusing to think of all the locals who scorn Andersen while we'd
all do the same thing in a heartbeat. If I were offered 3x more money to go and
do the same thing somewhere else I'd certainly take it! And he probably
was saying he'd stay at USU since only bad PAC12 jobs were out there. But
who knew that a good Wisconsin program would allow him to not have to rebuild
anything but to immediately start coaching for B1G championships! Good luck to
him.And he'll still have his shot at beating BYU, too...
I agree with Rock. Utah State fans who are upset really
shouldn't be. Andersen did great things for your program and you should be
happy. This was a business move, nothing personal. He has a chance to coach a
perenially top-20 program for a lot more money to support his family, why
wouldn't he go? Most of the people complaining that he's going after
money, should stop and think if they wouldn't do the same in their
profession if they were offered a higher paying job.
Wow, talk about an example of no integrity. Clearly Coach Andersen communicated
he was staying at Utah State. Harder now to teach our kids about keeping a
committment!. Oh yeah, I know its okay to break the committment when your
salary triples - right!. Sorry, I don't buy it. Can't say I'm
happy for the Coach.