Gary Andersen's sudden exit from Oregon State and even more stunning decision to leave $12.4 million left many perplexed. Tom Fitzgerald of the San Fransisco Chronicle wrote that frustration over his assistant coaches was a key reason for his abrupt departure.
The article references an interview between Andersen and Oregon State radio analyst Jim Wilson and text messages to The Oregonian columnist John Canzano. Both give an illuminating look into Andersen's decision to leave Corvallis.
"Andersen probably made a mistake in going public with his complaints. In a series of angry text messages to Canzano — which he knew would be published — he criticized assistants for, among other things, promoting themselves at the expense of the players," Fitzgerald wrote. “‘Self promoting that’s what this business has become!!' [Andersen] wrote after his team barely beat Portland State 35-32. 'That’s the biggest reason I am not long for this (expletive)!! Kids are a second thought or third or fourth!!'"
Clearly, Andersen had enough of his own staff and decided not to wait until the end of the season to get out of town.
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