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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 18 2012 8:30 p.m. MST

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ldsoccertodd
Cedar City, UT

Reports now are that it's a done deal. Any hope Bronco will take the Utah State job?

79Ute
Orange County, CA

Famous last words:

"I only regret that I have but one life to give to my country."

"I want you to know that when I cross the river, my last conscious thoughts will be of the corps, and the corps, and the corps."

“I plan to remain the head football coach at Utah State University.”

IndeMak
South Jordan, UT

He took the job. Seriously he was never going to stay. Quadrupled his salary

I Bleed Blue
Las Vegas, NV

What a shame that big Money came calling again. Just when this program was thriving they will soon be on life support again.

BYU_Aggie
LOGAN, UT

No one can blame Coach Anderson for "withdrawing" from Logan for "greener" pastures. When a school with as "rich" of tradition as Wisconsin comes calling, you can't decline that "transaction."

It's sad to see him go (if that does happen), especially after everything he's done for the program here, but I wish him well and success in the B1G Ten. Wisconsin would do well to pay the man what's he's worth to land him out there.

jpjazz
Sandy, UT

I wouldn't fault him for taking the job, however to publicly claim to be staying with the Aggies and then to reverse course just 3 weeks later?? If this is true he would be one more in a long line of lying coaches within college football.

Whattheheck?
Salt Lake City, UT

Typical Gary Andersen...ladder climber no matter whose toes he steps on or how or when he leaves a program. He did it at SUU and now he's going to abaNdon the Ags. Too bad but that's Gary...he will ALWAYS look out for himself. He speaks of loyalty but they're hollow words. I predicted his time would be at USU would be limited. Good-bye and good riddance.

BYUalum
South Jordan, UT

To I Bleed Blue: It's about the opportunity to take care of him and his family. I'm sure it would have to be a significant amount of money for him to leave. In this economy wouldn't you jump at the chance? Be realistic!

The only sad part is that it leaves a sour taste in the mouth of the players and fans. Everyone else in the administration of USU probably understands all too well and would do the same thing if the opportunity presented itself to them. So would any blogger on this post.

To ldssoccer: Bronco Mendenhall works under a different system. Brigham Young University coaches are more than a sports outlet. They represent the Church worldwide. Not too many people understand or want to understand that. Mendenhall is well liked and will keep his job next year. I don't think he will be there for more than 3-4 years, but it will be on his terms. Arm chair coaches on this blog can whine all they want. We love Bronco!

Go Cougars!

Elk Hair Caddis
Sandy, UT

Hopefully Utah State can do what Boise State has done and maintain a great program even as the carousel turns.

Stang08
Cedar City, Utah

I called it. No one who has the success he has can say he won't go to a bigger school given the opportunity. He's a great coach and it looks like he's finally at a great team. I bet the USU fan's are crying into their pillows right about now. Good move Anderson.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Flip-flop?

Anderson didn't know this kind of offer would come when he made the statement.

Disgruntled
Nephi, UT

Would like to say I'm shocked, but......

BYR
Woods Cross, UT

IIRC, the comment that he was staying was in reference to not taking the Colorado job. That does not mean Anderson would not accept another offer. Technical, I know, but still.
I do not blame him. But I wish he would have stayed. It was fun watching USU the last couple of years.

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

The move allows Gary Anderson to beat the Cougars again next year.

md
Cache, UT

As a Badger fan living in Cache Valley, I am happy. On the other hand, UW will likely see him move on to greener pastures if he has success there. The prior coach for UW stated that he wouldn't leave and that he didn't want to be like the SEC. He then promptly took the Arkansas opening this year. I think coaches should just shut their traps and take the jobs that suit them, rather than break promises and leave resented, disgruntled fans.

Maybe Deron Williams was wise in keeping his future plans to himself. It got him traded from SLC, but he is now making 100mil with Brooklyn.

LVIS
Salt Lake City, UT

worf
Mcallen, TX
"Flip-flop?
Anderson didn't know this kind of offer would come when he made the statement."

Every coach worth his salt knows that an offer could come. He could worded his 'I'm-staying-here' statement a bit better. He sounds like just another typical coach--never believe a thing you hear and only half of what you see.

bradleyc
Layton, UT

If I were USU I would make an offer to the most popular coordinator ASAP. Rumor has it they are going with him. Make a play and keep one of them.

A1994
Centerville, UT

Sorry to see him go, but it IS Wisconsin. He definitely left the program better than he found it. Utah State has life again. We'll see if they can keep the fire burning up there. Hopefully so.

Cougar Passion
Salt Lake City, UT

Aggie fans will never believe another coach. It truly is sad. But, I agree with other posters--I can't blame him, but he needed to back off the "I'm happy here" assertions if there was ANY possibility for him to go anywhere else. This will just leave a bitter taste in the mouths of so many who loved him for the success he had at USU, and the way in which he did it.

Ironhide
Salt Lake City, UT

Good for him. I have a lot of respect for him as a person and a coach. He didn't just quadruple his salary, he increased it by 10x. Taking both his coordinators, he'll keep Wisconsin in the top ten for years to come.

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