D-Rob would have done the exact same thing.
Coach A took the Aggies to new heights. I wish him nothing but the best for the
Well-written article. Agree 100%.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Obvious by many comments here and elsewhere that integrity means nothing.
Character vs. $ = $
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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?
The man who expoused character showed his true character.
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!
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
All good points Doug. Nuts to Andersen. Lies and disloyalties abound with
college football coaches. Is there nothing in their contracts to hold them
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.
It's kind of strange to blast the NCAA in the way that big time programs
can steal coaches with impunity (the rich get richer, etc), then at the end say
it's unfair that players aren't allowed to transfer. If the NCAA let
players transfer when a coach leaves, that would only widen the gap between rich
and poor. The best players on USU's roster that got overlooked in
recruiting would be immediately picked up by big-name programs. That might
actually be fair to the players, but it would absolutely kill USU's chances
of continued success.
Thanks for this article. All I hear is that you can't blame the guy for
moving on, and I suppose that is true from a business perspective. But if sports
are merely a business then they become absolutely uninteresting. I'm not
ashamed to admit that I hoped Gary would give USU a great story and stick around
for a long time and turn the program around, but that would not be the sensible
business thing to do. As a sports addict myself, the only redeeming value I see
in my massive time and emotional investment is that you get to find out about
the character of players, coaches and fans. It is, in small part, life in a
test-tube where people face up to adversity, competition, and opportunity and we
get to watch and cheer them on. I think we hope to see the best of humanity come
through while watching sports, at least I do. So why am I disappointed? Because
Gary did exactly what we'd expect him to do and no, we can't blame him
because we'd all probably do the same thing.
So much for the integrity of signing a new contract. I wonder what the out
clause was? Contracts among professional coaches and college coaches are a
Completely agree with the article!If players have to sit out a year
when they transfer, the NCAA should have the same requirement of coaches under
contract. Believe me, if Andersen would have been fired, he would have
collected every penny that Utah State owed him under the contract. Instead, he
threw his commitment to USU out the window and chose not to honor his
obligations to the university.Hope he enjoys the next 4 years. He
is in way over his head and totally out of his league. He had a good thing at
USU and won't ever be able to get that good of a situation ever again.
hamacaBaton Rouge, LAOn the other hand, head coaches get fired when
teams don't do well--even with years remaining on the contract.Yes, they are. And, they're paid for the balance of the contract.
What a classless attack on a man who has more integrity than any
"journalist". Coach Andersen did nothing wrong and nothing anyone in his
situation wouldn't have done. It was bad enough reading ignorant comments
about Coach A from fans. I'll say the same thing to you Mr. Robinson as I
did to them. Only someone who does NOT know Gary Andersen would say the things
And life goes on. I am glad the name JOHN L. SMITH was mentioned. What he did to
Weber State was beyond and now he is toast.
Coaches are in a terrible spot. GA's name started to get mentioned for
bigger schools with larger paychecks. Kentucky, Texas Tech, Colorado, Cal. All
would have given him a "bigger paycheck", but he declined those jobs.
Then every single day he was asked by fans, media, players, recruits, community
members, etc what he was going to do. I don't blame him for putting the
speculation to rest by saying he was staying. I would be sick of everyone
getting in my business too. It wasn't for the money because he
turned down the "first $1.8 million" paycheck that was interested in
him. It was something more than that and, at the time of the comments saying he
was staying, he probably felt he was going to. But things change.Everyone needs to get off his back and let the man go. He has been good to
Utah football (SUU, UofU, and USU) for a long time now and has left them in a
better place. At least he leaves USU with a program and team that a decent
coach would actually want to come into. Good luck Gary.
Good article but how many of you when asked if you are going to stay at your
current job and you do not see or have a better option would say No. But, how
many of you when presented with a better option with way better pay and benefits
would stay? If Coach Anderson sucked you all would ride him and his family out
of town. Be grateful he took the job in the first place and got the ball rolling
and made this job desirable for someone else with the ability keep the program
But here is what is wrong with the column. Everybody is willing to blast a
coach when he does this, but these are the same people, including the media,
that would be calling for the coach's head after a few sub-par seasons.
There are hundreds of coaches who did not take a better job out of loyalty when
they had the chance, only to be unceremoniously dumped when they don't win
as many games as everybody thinks they ought to. If you want to say there is no
loyalty to players, fine, but there is not a whole lot of loyalty to coaches,
either. And by giving Andersen everything he wanted, they made this a much more
attractive job for the next candidates. Hey Doug, what if USA Today came
calling and offered you 3x your current salary. You wouldn't listen?
Maybe the aggie fans should have filled the stands if this was so important to
After all that's been said by Coach A. at the end of the day this is his
profession and he made a career choice. It hurts as fans because our commitments
rest with the school and team and coaches committmnet or loyalty largerly rests
with their families and career objective. I think in the moment Gary meant what
he said about staying with the information he had at that time. Obviously
Wisconsin offered something professionally that Cal, Colorado, Kentucky, and USU
could not--A chance at a National Championship if I had to guess.But
as Andersen is gone and it's time to move on. My commitment to my school
as an Aggie is to get behind this team and continue to support them. They can
still build off this recent success. They are better off now than they were 4
years ago. So let's keep this going. Go Aggies!
How hypocritical? Had the Aggies loss five or six games,--the community would
want him fired.
How refreshing it would be if sports writers moved around as much as coaches do.
And, I'm betting for 3x salary and a nationally recognized news outlet,
Dick Harmon or Doug R, Brad Rock... would leave the DesNews. They've been
there for decades. Think of all the fresh new talent who haven't had a
chance in the local market because of these few people's longevity. ;)
Oh for crying out loud Doug....why do you think the football is shaped the way
it is??? Face it Doug... you don't have all the answers. Understandably
Gary Anderson at his level wouldn't want to go to Colorado...that's a
hopeless road to travel...and who in thier right mind wants to live in
Berkeley...I was born near there and I can't stand the place. But Wisconsin
is by far...a great opportunity. So why begrudge the fact that when a really
decent offer did come Anderson took it. He's paid his dues...regardless of
what you and others might think. Gary anderson doesn't owe you a plug
Oh come on. He stayed at SUU for like two weeks. The chasing of the almighty
buck is the problem. People's egos are tied to money. The more they make,
the better they feel. Football coaches at most institutions are public
employees and shouldn't be paid more than the governor of the state that
sponsors the institution. If they want to get rich, they can become the head
coach in the NFL.I used to have some respect for Anderson. Not any
more. Is his life changed by making 2 million as opposed to 700K? What's
he going to do with the extra money? Swim in it. I have the same problem with
pro sports contracts. What was Michael Jordan going to do with 30 million a
year? Spend more gambling? It is an ego thing. Barry Bonds juiced because he
couldn't stand the thought that someone hit more home runs than he did. I
guess these coaches can't stand the thought of someone getting paid more
This just in. Wisconsin's football program is vastly superior to Utah
State's in every way.
Thanks, Doug, for saying what I feel yet I don't hear or read very often.
Coaches jumping from school to school used to be a no no, but our permissive
culture of anything goes now echoes "you can't blame them for
leaving" or "you would leave too if you could triple your salary."
For someone making $50K per year, who could make $100K or $150K, I agree with
those statements. That is a life changing job decision. For someone making
$500-750K, they are already in the top 1% of earners. Bumping up higher in that
1% bracket is not a life changer. It just pads their pockets. It's sad,
it's wrong, and I thought Andersen was better than that. It saddens me that
he's leaving and I think he'll ultimately regret his decision. I know
all of us Aggie fans, and hopefully all college football fans, regret his
decision to leave. Thank God for Stew Morrill and his desire to stay in Logan.
HE is a great example and a great coach. Thanks, Stew. Glad we have you.
He left SUU because they would not pay his assistants more, even though he
offered to raise the money himself. He knew Sitake and Roderick were too good
of coaches to stick around when they were making $20,000 a year. This guy has
battled for his assistants everywhere he has been - he is about a whole lot more
than just taking care of himself.
Now we're talking about letting the players skip out. It's true most
players come to a school because of the promises of the coaches and they get a
raw deal when the coaches leave. But the problem is with the coaches leaving.
They're under contract. They have an obligation and yet the schools
won't hold them to that obligation because they'll never be able to
find someone to replace them when their contracts do expire. If you or I sign a
contract we can't simply change our mind because we find something better.
Schools take a big risk when they hire a coach to a multi year contract.
Coaches should be required to approach it in the same manner.
The more I see what has become of college football the more I admire Coach
Edwards from BYU. He could have left and made a lot more money but he chose to
stay. Today he has a comfortable lifestyle plus he has a stadium named after him
and the admiration of everyone that has ever known him. He will be remembered as
a great man long after he is gone and not just a good football coach that passed
through the area on his way to some other place.Contracts should
bind both ways. Yes, a school can fire a coach but they have to buy out his
contract. And yes, a coach should be able to leave when he wants but he should
have to buy out the contract as well. After all, what are contracts for if they
do not have any binding authority with penalties for breaking them?To me, it is not so much that GA is leaving. It is all the posturing he did
before he left. I thought Utah State finally had a coach with character in the
mold of a Lavell Edwards. Guess not.
Just another reason to celebrate Bronco and his upfront attitude. Media mocks
him but deep down they love this guy. He doesn't leave them with egg all
over thier face.Anderson lied, no other way to spin it.
Lifes tough, get over it and move on.
Easy guys, it is common practice for schools to buy out contracts when they hire
someone away. If Gary had a buyout (which he would have if USU admin is smart)
then Wisconsin will pay it.
Robinson you nailed it! Thanks for not trying to spin it like your pal Rock.
Hold a man accountable to his words.
this is silly. Utah State is a minor league school and to expect someone to stay
for half the money or less as well as opportunity is unrealistic. Utah State
fans need to just accept the fact that they are a building school...a place for
coaches go and prove themsevles for bigger jobs.
"SO WHY DON'T THEY JUST SHUT UP ALREADY ABOUT STAYING?"I am sorry, but with all due respect, the writer should follow the first part
of his own advice. I am sure that on Nov 30th Coach Anderson was sincere about
what he was saying. He had just turned down other programs. But that was then,
before a really big opportunity came along out of the blue, or should we say
red?I suggest the writer visit Madison next fall and watch a game at
Camp Randall. Then watch a game the next week in Logan. Night and day
difference. It is a golden opportunity for his entire family. You don't
pass those up.I also suspect that Coach Anderson's contract had
a buy out clause to cover this situation or the end of the specturm, if USU
fired him.Personally, I hate to see the Coach leave, but I would
have advised him to so. And more importantly, rather than yelling at him, I
wish him and his family all the best.
Sorry but DRob is a socialist living in a free enterprise system. We are all
looking for the best situation we can get based on our talents.I
don't see the problems here and I respect Coach A for turning a failed
program around. In fact I'm even more impressed with his savvy of not
taking the first big offer, knowing bigger offers would come. Nice work and I
wish him nothing but the best.I also wish the Aggies all the best in
building on this new-found success.
Utah State is no different than most other schools in the MWC, WAC, MAC,
etc...that are merely a stepping stone to the bigger conferences and more money.
I am very suprised that USU fans bought into Coach A after every other coach
for USU has left for greener pastures when they had some success. I just
don't see it ever changing for USU which means their football program will
continue to have few highs with lots of lows. Coach A did a great job and it is
unfortunate he is leaving.
Great article. I know that most people, including myself, would probably do
what Coach Andersen did but it would be refreshing to see some loyalty.Coach Andersen burned SUU in 2003 and I have never forgotten that. We were
scrambling to find a new coach after Andersen left to become an Assistant at
another school. Are you kidding me? Thats like a demotion but I guess greed is
alive and well in the coaching profession.
If Andersen would've just been honest or not said anything it wouldn't
have been so bad. I was at a recruiting trip in Logan with some players this
season, the USU coaches promised the recruits that Andersen would honor his 5
year extension no matter what. They said that Coach Andersen would never sign
an extension unless he planned on honoring it because he wasn't that kind
of a guy.I get taking the money and don't blame him to be
honest, but the bold faced lies he told the media, his players, and the recruits
is what is so bothersome. Of course honesty isn't valued nearly as much as
it used to be. It's unfortunate we can't find people to stand up and
be honest anymore, especially people who have such a huge influence on young
I agree with Robinson on a lot of the stuff he writes, but this one he
couldn't be more wrong. He sounds like many of the bitter Utah State fans
on these comment boards, maybe that's because he's a Utah State
Alum.Stop wearing your emotions on your sleeve and think if you
wouldn't do the same thing if you had a better career opportunity with
triple the pay. Sorry Aggie fans, Gary has his family's best interest in
mind, not yours--just as most people do.
No wonder his recruiting of the 2013 class was non existant.
Andersen's head coaching record is 30-31, which is probably exactly what
his record will be at Wisconsin if he lasts 5 years. Total head scratcher for
those of us who follow the Big 10.It is almost a mockery to Big 10
coaches like Urban Meyer, Kirk Ferentz, Mark Dantonio, and Bo Pelini to include
GA in the same club. Hopefully he proves me wrong, but winning the WAC is a
totally different ballgame than trying to go to the Rose Bowl.
"How is one of college football's have-nots supposed to build a program
if it loses its coach every three years?"*Are they supposed to? * Boise State and Kansas State found ways, why not Utah State?* In the
end, the answer is to offer more incentive to stay than the coach has been
offered to leave."Just once, wouldn't you like to see a
school stand its ground and refuse to let a coach out of his contract?"* That would assure none of the good coaches come to that school* Just
once, I'd like to see ALL schools stand their ground and refuse to let
coaches out of their contracts -- or entice coaches to break them. The problem
is lack of unity among the schools; the coaches are just playing the game by the
schools' current real rules.
I'm sure he took the job because Wisconsin has better cheese, than Cache
There aren't many LaVell Edwards or Stew Morrills in the coaching world...
successful coaches who had and have amble opportunities to leave for more more
money and greener pastures, but put loyalty above money. It shouldn't be a
big surprise that Gary Anderson isn't one of them. EXCEPT, he made us all
believe he was going to be... with promises to his players, press releases to
the media and recent contract extensions with the university. He did a very
similar thing to Southern Utah less than a decade ago. Deja-Vu.How much
money is enough? $700k per year is as much as the average person makes in 20
years. At what point does money quit being the determining factor about
everything? USU did all they possibly could to make this guy happy, but it still
wasn't enough. No, he isn't the first to do this, and
won't be the last. But to a coach's players, his university program
who bent over backwards to make him happy, and to his many fans to believed his
press releases and sincerely hoped he was going to be another LaVell or Stew...
it genuinely hurts.
@FlashbackI played for Coach A. at SUU and I can tell you this. His
decision to leave had a lot more to do with family than money. Did he make more
money at Utah? You bet he did, but money isn't why he left Cedar City. I
don't know what career field you're in but I'd be willing to bet
if you were offered a better job that would take care of your family for
generations you'd be on your way too. Like I've said before on other
threads the only people who have any right to be upset are his players and
we've seen that most of them have nothing but good things to say about a
I believe that USU is holding Andersen to his contract. This is a personal
services contract. Enforcement in this case means money damages, probably
specified in the contract itself. In a personal services contract you cannot
force the person to continue to perform the services, that's too much
likely indentured servitude or slavery. The remedy is money damages, which
Wisconsin is very likely paying. USU is likely not passing or acquiescing to
For all those haters out there, College Football is not about the college or the
football. It is about the money. People think that he has lost integrity due
to the fact that he is leaving. Are you not also the same people that would
call for his job if he had an 2-11 record? Colleges and communities pressure
unpaid or underpaid students and coaches to have loyalty to their school but
when they are injured or losing nobody stands by them. 99% of the people forget
their names two years after they leave. Good for Coach Anderson, I hope he does
well. It is not a moral issue if he stays or goes so stop trying to make it
one, it is a deeply personal decision that he has to make. If given the
opportunity for a contract that would secure yourself financially for the rest
of your life vs an unsecured future I would take the money for every time. USU
will soldier on and hopefully the Athletic Director can create an environment
that allows other coaches to be successful.
Amen. Makes you realize just what a rare gem Stew Morrill is.
USU has NOT been a stepping stone for much time. that wouldn't be a
horrible problem to consistently have, because it means we are winning. What
hurts the most about this, and what UU and BYU fans cannot understand, is that
he who now coaches Wisconsin, gave us hope, and raised expectations. We
essentially had our Cinderella story, and what was supposed to be happily ever
after, is now a nasty divorce.
Frankly this column reeks of naivety... This is the way the game is rigged so
this is the way the game is played.... To use some now out-of-date slang:
"Don't hate the player, hate the game."Be it Urban
Meyer, Gary Anderson, or any other college Football Coach, there are times in
their career they are REQUIRED to lie... Like being a CIA agent or undercover
cop it is a REQUIREMENT of the job.They are not slaves you your
favorite University, you know that right? So they have to look at other
opportunities and since the opportunities almost always come in Bowl and
Recruiting season a College Coach has to lie about his looking at opportunities
or he cuts his own throat with fans and recruits. As for Gary
himself I think it is safe to say he gave the University of Utah 100% of his
efforts when he was being paid by Utah, he gave Utah State University 100% of
his efforts when he was being paid by USU, and I have no doubt he will give
Wisconsin 100% when he is getting paid by them.Until the system
changes don't complain about the Coaches.
A head coach leaves after telling the school and community how much he loves the
place and never wants to coach anywhere else. Seems I've heard that story
before. ...Oh, yeah. Urban Meyer.I guess Andersen
learned from the master.Be careful, Gary. Dan Hawkins had a good
thing going at Boise State. Anybody heard of him lately?
I agree with many points except the one regarding the players being allowed to
switch schools without penalty. Can you imagine the can of worms that would
open????? If this were the case, QB Chuckie K would be mulling offers from
bigger schools who need a QB. Every star player on the smaller schools would be
recruited by the bigger schools.
@toosmartforyouThere are only 3 HS football stadiums in Texas bigger
than 18000 - Allen, SA, and Mesquite.I've been to 2 of those for
Can somebody please make Bronco the same deal???
Sad to see GA go. Doesn't feel as bad a Johnel Smith's dessertion, and
he's certainly left the pgm in good shape with 17 returning starters.
Still, hard to swallow after teasing us with "I'm staying." Then
again, I'd jump for $2 mill too.
Gary should have been truthful, and said, " I'm here till a better
offer comes".That's good PR, and would really help with
recruiting.Face it! If politicians would keep their campaign words,
we'd have a smaller government, and no national debt.
this article and subsequent reaction says a lot about people....you're
either:1)a complainer, and live in a 'dream world' of
loyalty.....probably have worked for 'the man' for too many
years...and life's harsh 'realities' are something you still may
not want to accept....very critical of others actionsor2)a realist, and 'get it'...I'll guess you'll
have to decide where you fall
Gary Anderson did the right thing. This article is just sour grapes.
I'm married to a football coach and this job is not like a business
executive who would leave at the drop of a hat to make more money, improved
conditions, etc.and really has no human ties to a job. His leaving doesn't
affect 100 young men. We're talking about a position where you are
mentoring real people, young men who perhaps need a father figure in their
lives, who have problems, who look to their coaches for inspiration, discipline
and yes, let's be honest, love. Now, in my mind, that is what GA is
walking out on. He says he loves these kids and he probably does, but obviously
in his case the money is more important. A coach who sticks around and goes
through the thick and thin, in my book, is more to be admired than someone who
walks out when the next best offer comes. GA has coached at least 12-13
different places in what, the last 20-22 years? That's less than 2 years
per school. There's a pattern there and too bad, but it really is the
players that get the short end of the stick.
@nycgeorge, You are either a person that people can trust or you
are not? I guess it's up to you to decide where you fit in?
As an Aggie and Alum... I am find and understand Coach Andersen leaving for
Wisconsin.I am tired of hearing everyine say he dod nothing wrong
though. He lied people! Just because all coaches do it and its the new normal
does not make it right.Is this what you would teach your
children?Robinson was right on with his article... coaches need to
stop saying one thing and doing another.Gary could have left USU a
hero in everyones eyes... instead because of his own doing, some people think he
is tarnished.He is a great coach and took a bottom dwelling team to
the top 20 in 4 years. What he did for USU was great. I am happy for what Coach
A did and wish him well, I was just disappointed in HOW he left.They
can use very dofferent words to say they plan on staying until a better offer
comes along... instead of making it sound like an outright LIE when they decide
1st-It is ridiculous to berate Anderson over this. Three weeks ago I'm
sure he was absolutely planning on staying. Perhaps one week ago he was
planning on staying. And what would you have him say? "I'm happy here
unless something comes along" If he was dumb enough to say something like
that, he wouldn't be smart enough to be a good coach.
2nd-It is unfair to the small schools, but the small schools are small precisely
because they don't have the money to be big schools. That is really why
they make the contracts-so the school will get some kick-back when the coach
moves on, or the coach will get some kick-back if he's fired. Petrino at
WKU is getting paid $800k next year, with a $1.3M buyout-that's smart
contracting! WKU knows they are a stepping stone, but they hope to get the most
out of a great coach (not a great person) while he's there and get some $$
when he moves on. Be grateful for the incredible work Anderson did
and hope you find another good coach. The alternative to having coaches poached
is NEVER having a good coach...
The golden age of football is over in Utah. Mendenhall-Wittingham-Andersen is
the best trifecta in the state, to my knowledge.
The man took a job with an elite program that offered after he rejected Cal of
the Pac-12 and Kentucky of the SEC. At some point people and the author of this
entirely idiotic take on the situation might realize he did this to better
himself after he bettered a program and respectfully parted ways. 107 calls made
to each student athlete? Not 1 of them was upset at him for this decision. This
man was and is nothing but class yet people and a hack writer attempt to pull a
dupe job on his character. Sad that you hear and read about this crud. Time to
Coach Anderson was one of your disciples out there in Cache Valley. Now
he's left and some of you "sought occasion against him". I wish
him the best.
You nailed it.
Soup nailed it. Anderson is not "all about the money" as some here
suggest. He was offered 2 to 3 times the money to go to lousy programs in
big-time conferences, and he turned them down. He told the media he was staying.
Money wasn't enough to get him to leave Logan. But then he
got a big money offer to go to a GOOD program in one of the big-time
conferences, and he decided to leave. It's a better job for him in every
respect - better money, better program, better facilities, better conference,
better recruiting, you name it, Wisconsin is better than USU. There are very few
coaches at any level of coaching who would turn down an offer for way more money
at a school/program that is better in the long-run in virtually every
regard...As to "honoring his contract" - contracts have
penalties for both sides should they decide to end them early. Wisconsin is
likely paying USU some cash to buy-out Anderson's contract. The contract
was not "broken" - Anderson just chose to exercise the opt-out
provisions of the contract. This is in no way dishonorable or dishonest.
Puts a coach in a huge no-win position to get questioned BEFORE the bowl game
about leaving. If he says "no comment" you clearly have your answer!
Big let-down for his players. Give GA some serious slack folks. He has no
chance of coming out ahead on this one any way you look at it. He did the right
thing for his team.
I wonder if Andersen will offer Badger scholarships to his own sons? It may be
harder to convince Wisconsin faithful that they merit a free-ride because their
dad's the head coach.