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

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Iowa City, IA

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.

Bountiful, UT

Lifes tough, get over it and move on.

Holladay, UT

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.

Iowa City, IA

Robinson you nailed it! Thanks for not trying to spin it like your pal Rock. Hold a man accountable to his words.

Cedar Hills, UT

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.

Salt Lake City, UT


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.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

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.

Austin Coug
Pflugerville, TX

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.

Saint George, UT

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 people.

Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Hyrum, UT

No wonder his recruiting of the 2013 class was non existant.

Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Buena Park, CA

"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.

Greenwood, IN

I'm sure he took the job because Wisconsin has better cheese, than Cache Valley.

Hyrum, UT

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.

Me, Myself and I
The Promised Land, UT


I 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 great man.

Camarillo, CA

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 anything.

Las Cruces, NM

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.

Wanda B. Rich
Provo, UT

Amen. Makes you realize just what a rare gem Stew Morrill is.

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