Doug Robinson: Coach Gary Andersen's exploits at Utah State impossible to ignore

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  • Stang08 Cedar City, Utah
    Nov. 16, 2012 10:50 p.m.

    Man you aggies are such children. You insist on fighting me and bringing up a loss I've gotten over already. Well I guess I'm misinformed cause I think Brad has a great chance. I did see him play and I was impressed. But he's an aggie. Thats something that will work against him. Don't bring up past players cause that's what it is, the past. The FCS division doesn't have bowl games. Sorry A Game. Nothing you aggies say is true. Teach the aggie fan's one trick and that's all they will ever learn.

  • The A Game Sandy, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 9:28 p.m.

    If you think SUU's QB has a better chance than USU's, you are extremely misinformed buddy. Keeton is a sophomore...and obviously you haven't seen his stats or seen him play. If you did you would realize that two years from now he will definitely have a chance. In the end, the nice thing is that no matter how many Aggie articles you comment on, your team still lost to ours and has no chance of going to a bowl game. Sorry Stang.

  • Stang08 Cedar City, Utah
    Nov. 14, 2012 3:32 p.m.

    Go ahead try to explain yourself but the point is although USU is having their best season yet we all knew there was no way they would be undefeated cause they are choke artists against big schools. Wow are you smart. Yes I do live in Cedar. Doing well in our new conference thanks for asking. Have you not heard me say that I've gotten over that game? Let's put it this way. Our QB has a shot to be drafted to an NFL team. Not so sure your's will when it's his time.

  • The A Game Sandy, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 12:04 p.m.


    The Aggies have the best record in the state. Yes, we know their schedule isn't incredible but they're winning games, and that's what matters. I'm not saying they shouldn't have beaten Wisconsin and BYU but since when do we expect our teams to play to absolute perfection? Looks like you hail from're those Thunderbirds by the way? They sure put up a fight against the Aggies....or not so much.

  • Stang08 Cedar City, Utah
    Nov. 11, 2012 8:00 p.m.


    Shoulda, woulda, coulda. The point is USU choked as they always do. USU has made strides but they are still the aggies.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Nov. 11, 2012 9:41 a.m.

    Logan native. Love the Aggies. In the past USU never could win the big ones. Always played hard but never enough to pull off the upset. Now if we only do something about the kicking game. Aggies should be un-defeated this year. No excuse for missing game winning field gols.

  • mattb7 Sterling, VA
    Nov. 10, 2012 11:09 a.m.

    Here's a big red shout-out from a diehard Ute: Great job Coach Andersen; you've done a fantastic job up north.

  • TruBlueAggie25 Logan, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 9:25 p.m.

    @LL Cool J
    I didn't say money wasn't a concern for coaches, I said it wasn't the only concern. Andersen has more than just money to look at, and with his son going to USU next year, it wouldn't be strange for him to want to stay and coach his son for 4 years. And anyone who makes 750 K a year is sitting quite comfortably in Logan.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Nov. 8, 2012 1:41 p.m.


    Is that correct? If so, then his enlightened view of how to deal with young men who want to serve missions is even more exemplary.

  • LL Cool J Sandy, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 11:22 a.m.

    Make sure you bookmark these comments because things will change in the upcoming months, when the offers hit the table. The Utes went through this 4-5 years ago with Urban Meyer following his contract extension he signed.

    This is not a big issue right now with the season still going....But mark my words ! This will heat up. All the BCS conferences will have the best coaches because they can pay them "CRAZY" money....$3,000,000 vs $750,000....WAC Avg Salary $530,000.....PAC12 Avg Salary $2,127,777....SEC Avg Salary $2,604,167...MWC Avg Salary $871,428....

    But its not about money !

  • TruBlueAggie25 Logan, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    @LL Cool J
    You are looking at just money, and that is not everything here. Andersen's family likes Logan. He has a son playing at USU and another son who has already committed to USU. $750 K is plenty to live in Logan where the cost of living is low. It's like making 1.5million or more in the bay area. I see Andersen staying at least until his sons are done playing at USU. And why go try to rebuild someone else and not stay for the outcome of your work in Logan. Not to mention there is still more work to do in Logan. I see Gary staying until his contract expires at least, and maybe longer.

  • LL Cool J Sandy, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 9:29 a.m.

    Gary's success at USU has not gone unnoticed. I would say Gary is one of the top coaching prospects in the West. I'm sure everyone would agree....So here is the challenge...Can Gary turn down a job with programs seeking new coaches? Its going to be a real challenge....Try this one on- $3 million/ year to coach in the bay area? or stay in Logan for $750K/ year....

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    Nov. 8, 2012 8:21 a.m.

    Why would GA leave a school that lights up a huge A (for Anderson) for him on every game day?

    Coach... you helped bring back the pride and some swagger to my Aggies!

    My next wish? Aggie fans, PACK THE HOUSE for EVERY SINGLE GAME? I am embarassed of the fan support.

    If we do that, Coach A will never leave!

    Utah State... Hey... Aggies all the way... Go Aggies Go Aggies... Hey Hey Hey!

  • VAggie Bristow, United States
    Nov. 7, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    I doubt Gary has much interest in going to a struggling BCS program to turn them aroud. He has a very good salary in Logan when you look at purchasing power, and he will get more money, with more success. By the end of his career here, expect a statue of Gary next to the Merlin Olsen statue.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 10:36 a.m.

    I'm happy for USU and for Andersen, and that he seems content to stay. Too often coaches are lured out of their ability by money and then fail when they could have stayed and been successful at a smaller level.

    Great job on the grammar...they're vs their. No wonder print news is in decline!

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    Nov. 7, 2012 9:25 a.m.

    I am a huge fan of USU. Even more so now that they are getting some respect. Great to see them do well. Hope it continues. Even though I have no real affiliation to USU other than I am from Utah and they are a great team I may have to change my handle to AZ Blue, Red & Blue. (in reality it is that now anyway)

    I wish the best for USU and that they will continue to do well. You have a huge fan in AZ. (Can't say that about any of the AZ teams)

  • Aloha Saint George Saint George, Utah
    Nov. 7, 2012 8:49 a.m.

    I'll never forget going to the Utah- Alabama game. When Utah won, the team usually poors Gatorade over the head coach. It was most bazaar when I saw Coach Andersen get his own bucket of Gatorade.
    Later when I heard Coach Andersen was going to be the head coach at USU, I was thrilled. My oldest son plays football at USU and is their deep snapper. I initially was excited to see him have his own education paid for without help from dad- I was okay with the losing history- getting a degree more important. Again, when Coach Andersen came; my son with the rest of the team/coaches get to learn how to take a team that was in the dumps into a program that is winning if he stays/ or others follow his model learned from Ron McBride.
    My son and the rest of the kids respect him. He gets the best from his players and staff. He's a "what you see is what you get" kind of guy. There's a great mixed of culture for the boys to learn from. Thank Coach Andersen, 2012 Coach of the Year!

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Nov. 7, 2012 8:21 a.m.

    Re: Shorts. I didn't know that. I presumed someone playing at Ricks College would have been LDS. You're correct. Not only do you have to be a member of the church to be a head coach at BYU, you have to be a "member in good standing." Which I'm perfectly fine with. If that's the case about Anderson, perhaps the Utes have their next "coach in waiting."

    Re: utahutesfanatic- "Urban Meyer made a mistake when he left Utah." Yeah. I guess those two nat'l championships at Florida were a "mistake" and really hurt him personally. That was the best move for him professionally. Curious how that could be viewed as a "mistake"?

  • TheNun Granstville, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    I'm confused. Is coach Andersen, related to coach Anderson, and why are they both referred to interchangeably?

  • AZ Ute Scottsdale, AZ
    Nov. 7, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    Great article, Doug. Love your writing. As a son of two Aggies, I rooted for the AC until I went to the U because I was reaised in SLC and lived at home during college like the rest of the sheep. My dad even took me to Monday night Aggie Booster meetings at the Mountain Fuel Supply building or the State Capitol Annex....anywhere Aggie alums could find a free room. Legends to a young boy like John Ralston, Merlin Olsen and Tommy Larscheid would come down from Logan and show 16 mm film and talk about the previous Saturday's game. Of course, the best part for my brother and me was watching the plays in reverse. Nothing like a receiver launching a long bomb back over his shoulder and the QB snagging it with one hand and tucking it under the center's bottom. Alas, big Utah fan now, but still love the Aggies,am very happy for their recent success and shed no tears when they beat the Utes this year.

    To Nun: Insightful comment about the coordinators. Wasn't Andersen still the U's D Coordinator during "Harline is still open?"

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 8:17 a.m.

    The Nun: Who hired these guys? Anderson. He's the boss, who is orchestrating the success. Credit where credit's due. He's the best coach in this state right now. Go Aggies!

  • TheNun Granstville, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 7:29 a.m.

    Gary Andersen has surely turned around the aggie football program. He's made some positive changes in most every aspect. However, two things that cannot be overlooked this year, is the job Matt Wells and Dave Aranda have done as the coordinators of the offense and defense. Subtle changes in the offensive scheme by Wells, but a huge change in defensive philosophy by Aranda over what Andersen instilled at the end of games.

    With a lead, Andersen insisted on rushing 3, dropping 8, his infamous "prevent" defense. It cost him close games at the U, and also at U State. Aranda, on the other hand keeps the pedal to the metal. He knows pressure is what causes mistakes and forces short throws when passes can be completed at the end of games. Andersen let the QB set up a picnic while waiting for a receiver to break open, often times far down the field, or in the endzone.

    So, while Andersen has improved things in Logan, his biggest accomplishment this year is hiring Wells and Aranda, and they weren't even mentioned in the article.

  • shorts Payson, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 6:53 a.m.

    RE:So. Cal Reader is can't happen he is not LDS.
    I think Anderson is a great coach and I hope that USU pay's him what he is worth. Best of luck in the MWC.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 9:47 p.m.

    We LOVE Andersen!!! It takes an incredible amount of effort and skill to turn around a program that had long since forgotten how to win. Several of us have purchased USU season football tickets for the first time. We still have major improvement to make in filling the stadium, but the Aggies are definetly moving in the right direction. The move to the MWC will help USU to continue to improve both football and basketball programs.

    Go Big blue!!!

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 9:46 p.m.

    So. Cal Reader, that is too much to hope for.

  • TruBlueAggie25 Logan, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 9:40 p.m.

    For those worried about Andersen leaving, I wouldn't be too concerned. His sons play at Logan High and over the next 6 years will be in college. His son plays for him now. He just signed a contract extension for up through 2018 and he talks in private and public about how much he likes Logan and his plans for USU. All things considered, I think he will be around for a few years. And if he can continue to build the program. He doesn't need to leave Logan. Examples: Mendenhall, Whittingham, Chris Peterson... Just to name a few.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Nov. 6, 2012 9:16 p.m.

    Too bad some of the commentators here had to use this article as a stepping stone for their own cheap shots.

    Any idiot can admire the results of what Anderson has accomplished on the field and behind the scenes. But the paragraphs about handling the missionary aspect of a young athlete's life elevated coach Anderson into very rare air indeed.

    I recognize I've been too thin skinned in the past and really can't appreciate just how much anything BYU antagonizes a lot of Aggies, but I really do hope that BYU will show respect by rewarding USU with future one and ones, and that regular games between the two can become the foundation of the very best that a rivalry can and should be.

  • utahutesfanatic Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
    Nov. 6, 2012 8:36 p.m.

    Who cares what Meyer did and other coaches did. I hope Anderson stays at USU for a long time. It is hard to build something in a place like Logan, but once you have it you should enjoy it. Logan is a true college town, and could become a true college football haven if somebody could stay committed to it. Urban Meyer made a mistake when he left Utah. At Utah he lived in an atmosphere where he was treated like a part of the family instead of just a coach of a football team. It is hard to find that, and I think Anderson has that at USU. More money can't make up for that kind of living/working environment. He is paid well enough to be very comfortable. If Anderson has any sense at all, he will stay in Logan for another several years and enjoy the life it offers, the life he has built. Way to go Coach Anderson!

  • IRS Agent PROVO, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 7:52 p.m.

    I've said it for two years now, Coach Anderson was the real coaching genious at the U. Whittingham rode his coattails for years. Look at the records of the two teams since Anderson left. It is obvious who was driving the success at Utah.

    Congrats Coach Anderson.

    Mark my words, USU will be the next Boise State. Five years from now, everyone will be talking about them like they have Boise the last few years.

  • AK UTE Palmer, AK
    Nov. 6, 2012 6:13 p.m.

    Great job coach you deserve coach of the year. Logan is a great place and even as a Ute fan I am very happy to see USU having great success. Keep up the great work!

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Nov. 6, 2012 5:33 p.m.

    Can't agree more. Not to mention, Anderson built up the USU program while competing with not one, but two better teams right next door. (Calm down Aggie fans. The Cougars and Utes were definitely better before Anderson came along. It's okay to admit it. Now? I'd say they're all pretty even.) It's hard enough to recruit when competing with one other in-state school. USU has to do it with two. And Anderson still has managed to upgrade that team big time. He won't get coach of the year, but he'll be more deserving the the guy who does get it.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Nov. 6, 2012 4:56 p.m.

    I would love to see this guy coaching our Cougs.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 3:57 p.m.

    Urban Opportunity Meyer never took the Utah job as a stepping stone, either.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Nov. 6, 2012 3:38 p.m.

    Nice work coach. See you in a BCS Conf. of your choosing.