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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 19 2012 2:35 p.m. MST

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Troy06
OREM, UT

Wow he did leave. He'll be missed!

RockOn
Spanish Fork, UT

Reality check:
Players are not likely to make negative comments. They've been well schooled in that. Esprit de corps dictates.

To say USU is a "player driven team" is wishful thinking. That will last until the new coach arrives. Then it will be, as always, a coach driven team.

Coaches need a severe course in prediction counseling. Gary Anderson made himself look bad with what he said so definitively. If they'd learn to say, "I see nothing in the horizon that would keep me from being the coach here." When the media asks, "What would change your mind?" then say, "I don't deal in hypotheticals and speculation."

And anyone who says he did the right thing because who would walk away from that kind of money has a serious character flaw and I hope a potential employer doesn't challenge them on how much money it would take to sell out the company.

orem_man_am_i
orem, UT

Too bad for USU. Every time the Aggies start doing well their coach bolts - nature of the game I guess?

The Aggie players can say what they want (trying to put a good face on this) but I have seen this movie before - prepare to return to mediocrity.

On a related note: remember last week's story "Utah State football: Bingham star Hayden Weichers chooses USU over BYU" Wonder what this kid is thinking today?

oldcougar
Orem, UT

If Gary were not winning, the school would dump him, despite a contract. Sure, they'd pay his contract off, but they'd dump him just the same. That's the world coaches live in. While I'm sick at heart he is leaving, I have no ill will for him. Most of us, if we were offered millions to take a new job doing something we love, would do the same thing.

Good luck, Coach Anderson. Go Aggies!!!

rafinsure
Elk Grove/U.S.A., 00

I knew Coach Andersen was going to stick around Logan. He's always chasing his next biggest pay check along with the wins. He's not made in the same cloth as LaVell Edwards, Joe Paterno, and some others who were more concerned about leaving a legacy in one place. Andersen's coaching history shows that he's a wanderer. Look at all the places he's been since 1988 when he started coaching. The longest he stayed anywhere was at the University of Utah for five years. I feel bad for Aggie fans and the players. They can't catch a break for very long. They need a coach who will stick around and not chase better paychecks all the time. They need someone loyal like Chris Peterson, Kyle Whittingham, or Bronco Mendenhall.

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BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

Well, it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. He's done a masterful job at USU and has even surpassed his old head coach, Kyle Whittingham. Good for him. I wish him the best.

Jordan
Lynchburg, VA

My condolences to the Utah State fans and players. You guys were a great team this year, and hopefully you can carry it on into the years to come. I also hope you guys get a quality coach who can continue the success, and that my Utes regularly schedule both you guys and BYU in the future. Good luck to you guys, and go Utes!

OCoug
Ogden, UT

@Rock On: Well said.

The Aggies were fun to watch this year, and hopefully it continues in the years to come.
When a coach says that he is "definitely" staying. Nine times out of ten you might as well start looking for a new one.

Bomar
Roberts, ID

Rafinsure,
I don't think LaVell or Paterno stayed in one place to build a legacy. They stayed because they were coaching where they wanted to be and were not driven to coach for $$$ or accolades. Both had offers to make much more money but turned it down to stay at institutions that they loved. On the other hand, Andersen hasn't made a lot of money and is at a younger age where financial security plays a bigger role.

TaeKwonDoTodd
SOUTH JORDAN, UT

He's good friends with Urbn Myer and they talk weekly. Urban said he was not going anywhere and three days later he was on his way to Miami. I know it's to better his family but I would hate to be his players that were sold on coming to Logan and now they are on their own.

Mike Johnson
Stafford, VA

Anderson turned around the USU program and it isn't a surprise that a program was willing to pay significant money to get him. I hope USU can find a replacement that can keep up the success.

It all reminds me of Urban Meyer--stating how special Utah was and then leaving for Florida. At least Anderson waited until after the bowl game.

One more thing, those that are questioning Anderson leaving for greener pastures and questioning his loyalty should ask themselves if they would stay at their same job if another employer were to offer more money or opportunity. People leave one company for another all the time, often for as little as a 10% pay increase. When one can 5 times their salary and offer them a larger recruiting pool and more opportunity for playing for bigger bowls, it is really hard to see just about any coach turning it down. I think most of his critics would not only leave one employer for more money--most probably already have done so.

Old Navy
Provo, UT

Coach A took the Aggies to new heights. I wish him nothing but the best for the future.

JayTee
Sandy, UT

Kind of like Urban leaving the University of Utah, right? Same deal. Big money is part of the game now that college sports has actually become semi-pro. Oh, and if you have a few bucks left over for actual education of the average student, I guess that's a huge plus.

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