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Published: Thursday, Dec. 20 2012 8:00 a.m. MST

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Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

D-Rob would have done the exact same thing.

Old Navy
Provo, UT

Coach A took the Aggies to new heights. I wish him nothing but the best for the future.

UTAG
Ogden, UT

Well-written article. Agree 100%.

Meckofahess
Salt Lake City, UT

I agree with D. Rob completely too. The coach made statements that sounded like he was above taking the first 1.8 mil per year offer to come along in favor making an important contribution to USU, the players, the community and so-forth. Well, don't let your integrity stand between you and the money coach.

md
Cache, UT

Doug. If offered a better job at a better paper in a better location for better money--you would take it too. Get off of the soapbox.

Sports Nutz
Smithfield, UT

This article hits the nail on the head, great job! Nobody can say it was wrong for GA to take the job but the way it happened was totally against everything he preached to anyone and everyone who would listen. Great Coach, but just tells people what they want to hear and then dogs them.

VAggie
Bristow, United States

The point being md is that you don't say one thing and do another. If someone were to take a job at another paper, that's fine. But don't say the day before that you are there're to stay knowing full well you plan to leave.

I Bleed Blue
Las Vegas, NV

Just waiting for the first player to challenge this corrupt system. Many of these players sign with a school because they feel they can benefit from the offense or defense the coach is running. Someone new comes in and can change the whole system. If coaches can leave for greener pastures, why not let the players? The money being thrown around in college football is insane. It's time to open things up and allow players to transfer without penalty. After all, it's not about education anymore. Who are we kidding here. I feel bad for the players.

RockOn
Spanish Fork, UT

Obvious by many comments here and elsewhere that integrity means nothing. Character vs. $ = $

milkshake
St. George, UT

Love the last paragraph! The NCAA really needs to take a look at the transfer rules. If a coach can up and leave then a player should have that option as well within the same year.

sammyg
Springville, UT

It was a great Aggie season, I enjoyed it. And now the big dump...

...and that's the Aggie football we've come recognize all these years. Just when you think the future looks bright... dang it.

I truly am sorry for the loss of Coach Anderson. I hope another great coach is found really soon to build on what's been created thus far.

hamaca
Baton Rouge, LA

On the other hand, head coaches get fired when teams don't do well--even with years remaining on the contract. So neither side can claim the high ground here.

Also, holding a coach to the contract? What decent coach would ever come to a school that tries that nonsense?

Sportsman
Salt Lake, Ut

Colorado and Kentucky are horrible jobs, Cal has massive educational standards that are hard to recruit to and Stanford/Notre Dame usually get the best of those athletes so I can see why Gary didn't bite on the three jobs mentioned. His press conference was on Nov.30th and the Wisconsin job didn't open up until the 4th of Dec so I can see his sentiment when he spoke about staying in Logan and he probably meant it.But if you asked Doug Robinson if he was a DNEWS lifer today he would say absolutely but if ESPN,USA Today or the NY Times asked him 5 days days from now to be their lead writer and tripled his salary he would be outta here, no question about it. Thank Gary for the revitilization of the program and go find another coach. Boise State did it and probably upgraded to Coach Peterson from Hawkins.It is possible to maintain the momentum.Go Aggies, you have proven that this is a good program that can win.

JayTee
Sandy, UT

Maybe it's time USU went the route of BYU-Idaho and just became an educational institution. This sports thing is a distraction that only benefits a few anyway. If you have to live your life vicariously through sports figures and programs, you're in a bad position. We're becoming like the Romans: Eating our junk from the stands as spectators while other people fight the battles, get the exercise, and reap the rewards. I see a lot of games where the fans are more emotional than the players, even though THEY have no money on the line. This is crazy.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

What is missing from this article is an admission that USU really has no football program. They had the best season in school history and the last 3 home games they couldn't get 18,000 fans in the tiny, out-dated arcaic stadium that would be smaller than many high school stadiums in Texas. Football is NOT king in Cache County and liklely never will be. Unless they play Utah or BYU, USU can't fill their stadium. The population of Aggie Nation is too small and their fan base is pretty skimpy.

Thay had a great year, but they don't have a program. Even Anderson, leaving after the best record in school history, had a mediocre 27 - 24 record. It's a tough place to do anything on a long-term basis, unless it is to continue the mediocracy.

And I happen to like the place. I'm just being very frank about their football fortunes. No offense intended, as I wish them the best. How to accomplish that I do not know as the latest jumping by Anderson seems more in line with Opportunity Urban (Meyer) that any of the great renowned legendary coaches of the college game. What's next?

Veracity
Morgan, UT

The man who expoused character showed his true character.

Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
Provo, UT

I agree with Sportsman. Maybe he really did intent to stay at USU. He did turn down other job offers with considerable raises, but when Wisconsin came up they made him an offer he couldn't refuse. Let's be honest if we were all offered that kind of a raise and a more prestigious position almost all of us would do the same thing. It doesn't mean he didn't love USU and intend to stay there. Good luck Gary Andersen and good luck USU!

A1994
Centerville, UT

Although I was truly stunned to see the news, I have thought it over and we really can't be angry with the guy. I feel bad for the players most of all. They are the one's who got the brunt of this.

However, as an Aggie Alum and a fan, we have to acknowledge that Anderson essentially pulled the program out of the ashes, dusted it off, cleaned it up, and made it work better than it ever has. It's no guarantee of future success, but he has at least given Utah State a second chance. We are headed into the MWC with a great team returning. It is going to be an attractive position for any new head coach. That could not be said of the program for the past 40 years.

Regardless of the grand pronouncements he made about staying, I still like Gary Anderson. If the USU football program continues to do well into the future, it will be because of him being there. He should not be remembered as the villain who dumped us, but as a friend who simply moved to the next stage in his career.

Varsity Jones
Spanish Fork, UT

All good points Doug. Nuts to Andersen. Lies and disloyalties abound with college football coaches. Is there nothing in their contracts to hold them accountable?

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

I don't think you can ask a competitor to stay in a program that can't go anywhere.

Now if his goal was to create a legacy and stay in cache valley the rest of his life, then he could have easily done that. Like LaVell did in Provo.

But, you can't ask someone not to advance themselves and not be competitive. If the coaches weren't that way, then we would have high school teams instead of college teams.

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