Utah State football: Ags' coach Gary Andersen doesn't cotton to moral wins

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  • MJB Tooele, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 3:02 p.m.

    Although I'm a USU alum, I haven't been to many games up in Logan. Have they been able to fill the stadium every game? I think that it would be wise to sell out the stadium for ALL games if they want to talk about expanding the stadium and moving forward as part of the MWC. If they can't even fill it up, why would they want to try to add more seats to leave empty? It's not a good scene to other teams that would want to make a 1 for 1 deal (not just talking about BYU).

  • BYUSU Zion, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 3:42 p.m.

    @ Y Grad/ Y Dad

    I agree 100%

    If BYU keeps wanting 2-1 games maybe next year when USU joins the MWC they may have a problem scheduling games with BYU.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Oct. 7, 2012 12:45 p.m.

    I too think it is time to make Utah State THE rivalry game in November, one and one. They have been in BYU's corner in so many ways. They are our partner, our friend and our worthy opponent.

    (re)Build the rivalry from the ground up, emphasize the positives and let this become the most emotiaonally powerful athletic event in the state every year.

    It would be an honor to be part of such a rivalry. Make it happen.

  • dnay Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 3:49 p.m.

    I would like to see Anderson stay, I'm a BYU fan but I also really like the Aggies, I love that they're doing well, and it scares the he..... out of me to play them. Given that I still don't see Anderson staying, a lot of coaches leave even when there under contract. When he has a big school come calling and offering him a multi million dollar deal, I don't see him staying with all the stress those guys go through without a big pay day in his future. You'd like to think he would but I don't see it!

  • Professor Reno Reno/Washoe, NV
    Oct. 6, 2012 3:33 p.m.

    I am interested to know if BYU had to pay USU extra to do the 2-1 deal. If so, it would be through money games like these two that USU was able to give Coach Andersen a raise and contract extension in the first place.

    "Incentives included, it could pay him up to $765,000 annually, incentives included...But in Logan, that's a king's ransom."

    While I realize you're trying to make a joke, the fact is $765,000 a year is more than the salary of 99% of Americans. To compare it to the even more ridiculous salaries of other coaches in the state to try an make a point is just in bad taste.

  • FYI Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    "Is that why BYU beat usu in Logan last year?"

    If you are talking football, last year's game was in Provo. In fact in the last 4 years, only one game has been in Logan.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 11:04 a.m.

    Go Big Blue!!!
    Is that why BYU beat usu in Logan last year? usu brags about basketball success when games are played in Logan. Why the double standard? If BYU plays football in Logan, usu should equalize the income that results from playing in a smaller stadium.

    Oct. 6, 2012 10:15 a.m.

    As a BYU fan, I would agree with Go Big Blue, the home field advantage is real and most statistic junkies peg it around 2.5 to 3 points. That would put this year's game of BYU and USU at a draw which is about right.

    I think USU's defense did well against a mediocre offense and BYU's defense did even better against a good offense. So, I think that overall BYU is a slightly better team.

    With Coach Andersen in charge I think USU will be competitive every year, so a 1 and 1 in late November might be a great thing and could turn into a more civil rivalry than the one BYU had with the UofU. Hopefully USU's success can translate into a bigger stadium and better TV exposure for USU to help even out the money.

    But, at this point, I wouldn't schedule it past 2018!

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 8:44 a.m.

    The edge I'd give the y both last year and this year is home field advantage. I want the games to continue but would clearly support droping the y if they demand more than a 1 and 1.

    Things have changed in Logan. We expect USU to win. It hurts when they don't. Andersen has the Aggies moving forward and we love him for it.

    Go Big Blue!!!

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Oct. 6, 2012 6:47 a.m.

    I'm no expert in scheduling or what all are involve in it and I don't blame Coach Anderson for not wanting to play 2 for 1 schedules with BYU or anyone else for that matter. However, I think the sure way to accomplish that is to win, especially at the other one's house. Until that is accomplished, (as of now 17 straight in Provo for the Cougars) it's still a barrier. On the other hand, BYU is hardly at the position to just dictate scheduling terms being that they are now independent and struggles to fill their schedule every year now. I say play the Aggies 1 for 1 if that's what they want. I know it's a big cut in revnues to both schools but then I don't think money should be a priority to either program. The fans simply want to see their team play in front of their home crowd because of the psychological edge it gives them.