Utah State football: New coach Matt Wells leads USU's fundraising charge

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  • Stang08 Cedar City, Utah
    May 29, 2013 11:43 p.m.

    @Go Big Blue

    You are missing the most important part of your team. The only reason you were 10-2 last year was because of one Gary Anderson. Now he's gone and you don't have the experience at head coach that you desperatly need to do well in the WAC 2.0.


    That's good since Riley's college carrer is over. There is a reason he isn't considered anymore buddy. Man you guys need to keep up with current event's and get some facts straight.

  • Sambonethegreat Logan, UT
    May 29, 2013 10:28 p.m.

    Let's also not forget that 70% of our starters from last year, including the entire O-line, return along with the top-rated quarterback in Utah. Oh yeah, and the top-rated quarterback last season is the one that beat SJSU.

    Sorry, Riley. That automatically disqualifies you from consideration. Does anyone say different?

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    May 29, 2013 12:44 p.m.

    Let's not forget that USU finished in the top 20 and returns the state's top rated quarterback. Does anyone outside of Cedar say different?

  • Stang08 Cedar City, Utah
    May 25, 2013 12:55 a.m.

    Let's not forget that the MWC is the WAC. Does anyone say different?

  • Sambonethegreat Logan, UT
    May 24, 2013 10:53 p.m.


    "The MWC is 5 times the WAC."

    Not true. The WAC finished higher in the rankings last season than the MWC did, according to ESPN. The top 3 from the WAC (USU, SJSU, LA Tech) compare very favorably to the top 3 from the MWC (Boise, SDSU, Fresno), and the bottom tiers of both conferences aren't very far apart. UNLV or Hawaii are only marginally better teams than Idaho or New Mexico State.

    I see the jump to the MWC as a clear step up in competition, but the Aggies are familiar with most of the teams in the conference. Plus, the Aggies have done well against MWC competition the last few years, so I'm not too worried.

    If Matt Wells can keep the high-powered offense intact and ensure a smooth defensive transition under Todd Orlando, I think the Aggies will be legitimate contenders again this season.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    May 23, 2013 8:53 p.m.

    "Matt Wells is doing a terrific job keeping USU football moving forward."

    Because he is fundraising? Moving something forward in sports means winning. The MWC is 5 times the WAC. Tell me this again after next season and we'll see if your opinion is still the same.

  • Aggie84 Idaho Falls, ID
    May 21, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    The LDS Church does have a vested interest in USU. USU has the largest LDS institute program in the world.

  • VariedHue Logan, UT
    May 21, 2013 1:38 p.m.

    If having sports at BYU were in someway a detriment to the LDS church then they would be dropped. However, Athletic programs do aid Universities in their missions. If the LDS church deems them important then that should be a hint to those who don't think athletics should be a part of any University.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    May 21, 2013 1:31 p.m.

    Aggies and Utes, 2 programs headed in the right direction.
    Happy trails to our brothers in Logan with their new coach and in their new conference.

    There is no "dislike for BYU and its mission".
    Just for some of it's arrogant and hypocritical *fans*.
    Read your own comment and stop wondering.

    Go Utes...and Aggies.

  • NorCalCougarFan&Alum Elk Grove, CA
    May 21, 2013 10:17 a.m.

    SLC Sports Fan,

    I think like many Ute trolls, you have an inferiority complex. Being from outside of Utah, I wonder where this dislike for BYU and its mission comes from.

    Otherwise, I wish the Aggies football team and other sports teams well and I hope they take the Mountain West by storm. Furthermore, I hope Coach Wells is successful and sticks around Logan for a long time. I wish them a victory against every school they play except one and happy fundraising! :)

    May 21, 2013 9:24 a.m.

    #1 Salt Lake Fan

    Why in the world would the LDS Church do anything to increase Utah States Brand?

    Don't get me wrong I like Utah State and I hold nothing against them, but the LDS Church has no vested interest in Utah State. They are completely invested in BYU. Why does BYU have a sports program; look at old examples like Steve Young and Ty Detmer as well as more recent examples in the form of Jimmer Fredette and Ezekial Ansah. No press is bad press and recently BYU has been receiving great press.

    As far as academics the slogan for BYU is "enter to learn go forth to serve" I can't think of 2 programs that strive harder to fulfill this slogan then the Law school and the Business program. Why in the world would the LDS Church cut these 2 programs in order to increase programs at a school they don't sponsor and may or may not support the same goals the Church has.

    If anything the church should make BYU Idaho the flagship undergrad school push BYU towards becoming a graduate and research school.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    May 21, 2013 7:45 a.m.

    #1 fan ... best humorous read in months. Thanks.

  • Las Vegas Aggie Logan, Utah
    May 20, 2013 10:39 p.m.

    I think Matt Wells is doing all of the right things and this trip around the state is a great thing. I can only hope that Aggies come out for these events.

    Who cares what BYU does, Aggies need to focus on what makes Utah State the best a everything academics and sports.

    Thanks to the Laubs for the Wayne Estes building

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    May 20, 2013 10:18 p.m.


    Were you aware of who the Chairman of the Board of BYU is, the man responsible for deciding whether BYU has sports or not? A fellow by the name of Thomas Spencer Monson. Heard of him? He's decided BYU should have sports. I'm going to stick with President Monson on this one. You are free to disagree with him

  • Stang08 Cedar City, Utah
    May 20, 2013 9:45 p.m.

    First of all let it be known that I'm the first to support fundraising for anything. That being said, why isn't he focusing more on the field? His new team and staff need all the practice they can get if they excpect to have the season the fan's hope they'll have. Second to #1 SLC Sports fan, what does the church needing to support USU more than BYU have to do with it?

  • #1 SLC Sports Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 20, 2013 5:39 p.m.

    Utah State could do better financially if the LDS Church would do the right thing and drop the program at BYU. For the past half century this has been the wrong thing for the church to engage in and has only hurt the overall mission of Utah State both academically not to mention athletically. It isn't just about winning, it's about not having a detracting brand that happens to be represented by the predominent religion in the state (yes I am a devout LDS church member). Church leaders should always remember that a state school has a more important athletic branding mission, post-graduate research & professional education mission (yes BYU should close the Law & Business schools). Rexburg should be the model Provo should evolve into, and if more undergraduate slots are needed the church can take over SVU in Buena Vista, VA after halving the Provo enrollment. Utah & Utah State should be the big athletic brands in the state of Utah followed by Weber State, Utah Valley & Southern Utah Universities. I think this would be a better academic and athletic example the church could set for the nation. Abolishing Cougar Nation is a start.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    May 20, 2013 5:30 p.m.

    Matt Wells is doing a terrific job keeping USU football moving forward. It is time for Aggies everywhere to start showing up. We need more season ticket holders and more alumni contributing to the Big Blue scholarship fund. The coaches and players are working hard to put out a great product. Lets show the support they deserve. Go Big Blue!!!