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Published: Tuesday, July 30 2013 5:00 p.m. MDT

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Vladhagen
Salt Lake City, UT

I did not have trouble with the fact that Coach A left, more just how he did it. It was hard for him to leave I am sure, but the fact remains that he led Aggie fans to believe he was staying..........well unless he gets a better job.

scotsman
Logan, UT

It was rough to have Andersen leave but you can't hold any ill-will against him. What more could you ask someone to do to help turn around your program? Nothing but love and respect for Coach A. "Players make plays, players win games" Go Aggies!

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

Yes, the hardest part was having Gary say that he was staying right before the job offer came.

Regardless, I am thankful for Coach Andersen turning the Aggie football program around. Haters will only point out last season's success and say it was a fluke. You need to chart out the steady improvement that the Aggies made over the past four years. All of that hasn't vanished with Gary's departure.

Coach A has left the program in good hands with a fantastic group of players. The Aggies will do well as they adjust to their new conference.

Vladhagen
Salt Lake City, UT

I respect Andersen a great deal and it is obvious that he made a tough decision that only he knows all the details of. Ultimately I just leave it at that.

Ifel Of'a-sofa
Alpine, Utah

Andersen was the man... taking a bottom dweller to the top 25 in 4 years... amazing.

Enough of this, it is now about Coach Wells. Don't forget, he ran the offense during Gary's last 2 years, the most successful ones!

As far as the 100 call hype? I talked to a handful of players and they had not even heard the announcement yet... and an assistant called and told them later that night.
Maybe Gary called eventually... but from what I have been told, no.

Go Aggies!

onceuponatime
Salt Lake City, UT

No good coach will stay long at USU. If someone is going to pay you a few million a year vs a few 100k you would be crazy not to take it. It is what is, but if Wells is good he will be gone too. BSU and BYU are the exception to the rule. I have gotten over getting my hopes up for USU football. I hope they do well, but it won't last long.

Lightening Lad
Austin , TX

I've been mystified since 2009 when the SLC dailies began predicting glory for the Aggies simply because Anderson came aboard. In many ways despite his leaving, the balloon bread, instant tradition continues to exaggerate the football teams accomplishments. Because of this added glory that wasn't yet deserved the "pain" for Anderson turning his back on the school is also inflated in the eyes of the fan. Of course Anderson was going to leave at some point, and he was able to do so on a high note. Camp Randell will have 85,000 in the seats, the Aggies have averaged around 13-15,000 with a ONE year push to 20,000. Every Wisconsin game is on regional or national TV, USU and the MWC other than Boise have almost nothing. Even the ESPN national coverage at BYU has been lost. Salary and budgets at Wisconsin unlimited vs USU. there shouldn't be feelings, he did a smart thing and gave the locals a thrill that wasn't likely to last. Once you move into a tougher, but not by much, MWC the wins won't come as easy, the fans who came out when you won may not show when you lose.

KTar
Boise, ID

I think the man is a class act. I know very little about this Wells character, but to say that USU will continue their steady rise to relevance without any speed bumps due to Anderson's departure is wishful thinking at best, delusion at worst. When I went to USU, the football squad wasn't even relevant in Logan! Very few people wen to the home games. Boise St. came to town one year and I would be willing to bet there were more Boise St fans than there were Aggies. It's a shame he left, but I don't fault him a bit. Obviously, coaches like Anderson aren't a dime-a-dozen. The cream of the crop coaches for the cream of the crop.

Aggie238
Logan, UT

@Lightning Lad

Man, you seem to be just looking for reasons to be depressed. USU made big strides every single year under GA, and had a great year last year by all accounts. Will that continue under Wells? Who knows, but things certainly don't look as glum as you make it out to be. Most UState games are on TV this year, and USU has fared very well over the past 2-3 years against current MWC foes, with the exception of Boise State (which is no longer the Boise State of 2009). Will USU ever be a big-market, powerhouse BCS school? Probably not in the near future. But it's still enjoyable to have a team that probably will have regular winning seasons, bowl games, occasionally phenomenal seasons, and will compete well most of the time with similar schools, including Utah and BYU.

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

Even though I'm currently a badger, I was raised in northern Utah and was subsequently heart broken when I heard Coach Anderson was leaving the Aggies. He is a class act and it is miraculous what he was able to accomplish in four short years up in Logan. I believe the foundation is now laid for USU to be contenders in the MWC, which is a major improvement from where they were a few short years ago. I hope Wells is up to the challenge. And oh, thanks for setting him our way, the future is bright in Wisconsin!

Stang08
Southern, UT

I can't help but laugh at people who say it was a hard decision for Andersen to get out of USU. Not when he was offere an outstanding amount of money. Oh and the fact that he get's to coach a top 5 team who will always have a shot at a national title doesn't hurt either. Huge jump from that highschool team up in Logan.

The Big One
Salt Lake City, UT

i can't believe aggie fan would even care it has happened so much

Sambonethegreat
Salt Lake City, UT

@Stang08

You mean the high school team that made the T-birds look completely inept? lol

Of course it wasn't a hard decision for Andersen to leave: 3 mil > 750K

I don't blame him. It's Wisconsin! I hope he's successful.

Aggie84
Idaho Falls, ID

One heck of a high school team to be rated in the top 20 of all colleges. My high school team sure smothered the heck out of your little league team.
Dead story about Anderson, good for him. End of Story. Let's get with a story about the future DN.

Stang08
Southern, UT

Sambone, no I'm talking about the high school team who lost to BYU, Wisc, Utah on a number of occasions, Texas A&M, Auburn etc. The highschool team that didn't stand a chance in said games.

@Aggie84

The lower top 25 and only getting into the Potato bowl. Once great game because you were ready. I've gotten over it. Now if you were truly so much better than SUU why did you only score 38+ points? If you were so much better you should've scored 100+ points right?

downunder
south jordan, UT

Remember this name John L Smith!

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

RE: Stang08

"Sambone, no I'm talking about the high school team who lost to BYU, Wisc, Utah on a number of occasions, Texas A&M, Auburn etc. The highschool team that didn't stand a chance in said games."

That's a USU team that lost by a field goal or less to the teams you mentioned (except Utah, who they beat). You're honestly saying that a team that finishes within a field goal "didn't stand a chance"? Sorry, but you're just plain wrong. Who knows what will happen moving forward but in the last two seasons USU has been quite good, bordering on great.

Stang08
Southern, UT

They beat Utah once in 100 years. A loss is a loss weather it's a field goal or the score that was put up in the SUU game. Like I said a loss is a loss is a loss. You weren't supposed to win any of those games and you didn't. There is no way around that. Good yes, great no chance. Admit it Wiscougarfan I am right about your precious aggies and you. Hey Sambonethegreat, you still believe that Wiscougarfan isn't an aggie?

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

RE: Stang08

You're spinning circles so I won't try to respond further. However, for clarification sake, I am not an Aggie. I am a Cougar, a Hoosier, a Badger, a Falcon, and I try to be a rationale human being... but no Aggie.

Sambonethegreat
Salt Lake City, UT

@Stang08

You know what? For someone who constantly preaches about and demands respect, they sure do work incredibly hard to go out of their way to disrespect others.

Hypocrisy at its finest, no doubt.

Wiscougarfan is allowed to analyze other teams. That doesn't mean he's necessarily a fan of any said analyzed teams. His opinion counts for something. He has a right to be heard, and he has a right to be respected.

Sound about right, Wiscougarfan?

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