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

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That's A Good One
Meridian, ID

With Anderson departed who will replace Kyle Whittingham when he likely gets run out of town after a 3rd consecutive season at the bottom of the PAC?

79Ute
Orange County, CA

SL Tribune headline says it all:

"Utah State football: Aggies say, ‘This isn’t finished’ - Utah State football, Potato Bowl champions, optimistic about prospects for coming seasons."

With the key members of the coaching staff going with him, it will be hard for the Aggies to stay optimistic. It looks finished to me.

BlueCoug
Orem, UT

Good luck to Gary at Wisconsin.

Except for a certain game in November next year, I hope you have a great first season.

3grandslams
Iowa City, IA

re: soonerute

And allows him to play in the Rose Bowl & for a National Championship, which the utes will never do.

CT98
Saint George, UT

Andersen did this exact same thing to SUU several years ago. I realize that Money is king but he left SUU after a very short stint to be an assistant coach at another school. His Abrubt resignation caused SUU to scramble to find a new head coach. He should Fulfill his contract then move on. The way he left so suddenly never set well with me. I know how Aggie Nation feels right now.

Madden
Herriman, UT

Coaches have to publicly claim they are staying. To do otherwise would undermine recruiting, hurting the school and yourself (if you don't get a good offer). He has every right to change jobs. Do the athletes recruited have every right to change their minds and switch schools if the coach was a major reason for heading to Logan?

utahcountyute
Cedar Hills, UT

Good for Coach Anderson!

This is the nature of the beast I'm afraid. Sorry Aggies.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@Madden

The recruits that haven't signed yet can certainly change their minds. I'm wondering what the weicher's kid is thinking right now because the BYU ship has sailed for him.

GACougar
Atlanta, GA

I think that every time a coach changes jobs then that should automatically release every scholarship player that committed to them. More often than not the players commit because they want to play for a certain coach. But when he leaves they are stuck. Not fair to them.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Duckhunter:

"I especially love naval vets pathetic attempt to mask his disappointment in this occuring since there is no chance at all anderson would leave wisconsin to step down to the utah job when it opens up in a couple of years. LOL!"

Never had I hoped, nor posted anything about hoping, for Andersen to replace Whittingham. Never. So it looks like the "pathetic attempt" was YOU in your desperate strawman. "LOL"!

And for what it's worth, Andersen played Center at Utah. So there actually COULD be a chance he'd leave Wisconsin for Utah. Just because YOUR alumni won't return to their alma mater, doesn't mean that ours won't. BigTen head coaches wouldn't leave their jobs for a lateral position for a MWC (or WAC) job, but it wouldn't be a stretch should they do so for a Pac-12 school if it were their alma mater.

WACPaddingOurSchedule
pocatello, ID

Duckhunter
Highland, UT
As funny as it is that usu fans claims about the aggies becoming the best program in the state from here on out came to an immediate crashing halt, not that it was ever going to happen anyway, it is even funnier that the utah "fans" claiming anderson was just sitting at usu waiting to take over at utah in a few years also blew up in their face. I especially love naval vets pathetic attempt to mask his disappointment in this occuring since there is no chance at all anderson would leave wisconsin to step down to the utah job when it opens up in a couple of years. LOL!

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Yay! BYU beat one ranked team this year 6 -3. Not even ranked when they played them.
What's pathetic is they could not capitalize off that. Instead you consider wins against Idaho and New Mex St. a title run. Now that's even more pathetic.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@naval vet

I know it hurts but you'll just have to deal with it. A big 10 guy might leave to take a pac 12 job, but that pac 12 job would not be the utah job which next to colorado is the worst job in the pac 12. Once again I know it hurts but you're just going to have to deal with it. LOL!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@waccy

Was that supposed to be the answer to the question that no one asked?

54-10
Salt Lake City, UT

Too bad that the USU job isn't like the BYU job.

Nobody is coming after Bronco.

buckthorn
Black Earth, WI

A Badger fan here. Folks in Madison have a decent idea of what you might be going through. And the Wisconsin players can definitely relate to the feelings of the Aggie players. It's a tough time, that's for sure. I suppose you'll have to make up your minds as to whether your (former) coach meant to deceive you or not. Yes, it's a business, and yes, the coaches need to think about their opportunities. That doesn't make it hurt less when they "dump" you for another school. Anderson seems like more of an experienced, class act than our coach was. We were all really impressed with Anderson and the Aggies when they played (and outplayed) Wisconsin in September. So good luck to all of you. Build on the success that Anderson helped to create. You'll get through it, it just feels really crummy right now.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Duckhunter:

"I know it hurts but you'll just have to deal with it."

I know it hurts you that you can provide absolutely no substance to your frantic and emotional fantasy that a BigTen coach would never consider leaving to coach their Pac-12 alma mater. I know it ALSO hurts you that you got called out for your made-up frantic and emotional strawman argument. Again.

And from reading some of your recent comments, it ALSO hurts you to hear that I attended the 2011 Utah-Ga. Tech Sun Bowl last year, while you got stuck watching some irrelevant bowl game opposite Tulsa in a game that virtually nobody else watched.

That's a LOT of pain. Poor Indy-WACer.

TrueBlue
Orem, UT

54-IQ

"Nobody is coming after Bronco."

As long as you consider UCLA and Colorado "nobody".

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Madden

Coaches have to reassure skittish recruits that they aren't leaving, right up to the moment that they accept an offer to leave. It's the nature of the business of coaching. No coach in his right mind is going to tell a new recruit that he may not be staying.

Just like players, coaches have to make decisions based on what's in their own best interest. Turning down a $2.5 million/year offer to coach at Wisconsin in order to stay at Utah State making $700k would be foolhardy. Opportunities like this sometimes only come along once in a coaching career and Coach Anderson had to choose whether to stay at Utah State the rest of his career or move on.

Hopefully, the Aggies will quickly find a good coach to take Gary's place and the Utah State football program will continue to be competitive in their new conference.

SVfan
Logan, UT

"Opportunities are wonderful. It was very humbling the last three or four weeks to go through that process and be involved in jobs. You learn a lot, but you also learn a lot about yourself and where you want to be," Andersen told the Idaho Statesman last week. "And you sit back and take a deep breath and know who you want to be able to be around. I love the kids I get to coach here. ... The kids I have in the program, it just was not time. I look them in the eye and I need to be where I'm at." This is what hurts the most Coach A! We wonder really how sincere you were about these comments??

PAC man
Anaheim, CA

Naval Vet

Why would anybody travel all the way from Philly to El Paso to watch a meaningless football game in the armpit of the country on New Years eve?

Not much has changed for the WACed PAC bottom feeders; once again, U aren't going to a bowl because U aren't good enough to beat WAC teams.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@navl vet

Hook, line and sinker. Like always. How "frantic and emotional" of you. LOL!

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