Commentary: MWC Coach of the Year Matt Wells proves he was the right hire

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  • Mars_ Logan, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 4:30 p.m.

    The last coach to fail at Utah State was Brent Guy, Stang. Why do you ask? How is it relevant or germane to Matt Wells' success?

    As for SLC BYU Fan, I remember last year a lot of people saying we should be wary of whether or not we could replace GA. USU kept winning without him. We will keep winning without Wells when the time comes for him to decide on the next step in his life and career.

    USU is no longer an irrelevant doormat team.

  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    Dec. 13, 2013 6:07 a.m.

    SLC UT, agree completely. Stang0 Des News trying to make you into a nice respondent! In addition to losing Wells, USU has to be concerned about losing AD Barnes who has done a great job. The Aggies are in the perfect conference alignment where all of the teams are near equals, all share the same prospect of losing coaches and AD's if the program is successful and all probably have athletic budgets in similar amounts. I wouldn't want USU in the PAC 12 at all. We are in the perfect fit conference in the MWC.

  • SaltLakeCitySlicker SLC, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 9:39 p.m.

    Although Utah State has started as one of the lower-funded schools in the MWC, they definitely will be moving up that list with continued success like we have seen over the past 2.5 years! As a matter of fact, I would say that Coach Wells' work with the Aggies is even more impressive given that he is working with less money than the other MWC schools (especially Boise State).

    Losing Coach Wells isn't an easy prospect to face, but I believe that the true key to success at USU is Scott Barnes and his staff. They have been amazing at getting the best bang for the buck and seem to be continuing with that trend even with increased coffers!

  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    Dec. 12, 2013 5:40 p.m.

    Hey SLC BYU fan,
    What nonsense…the poorest program in the MWC? Of course we will lose our successful coaches, it comes with being a mid level school. Look at poor Arkansas State…three conference championships and bowls and three coaches in three years! But I personally would prefer a short tenure successful coach than a long tenure failure. And finally, of course we can't pay the salary rate of Utah and BYU. So what should USU do , give up football? (And Utah will possibly be the coaching farm team for a good coach to move up in a power conference…I think that has happened already hasn't it?)

  • lehiaggie Lehi, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 12:16 p.m.

    Great job Wells and team. It has been a fun season. As an Aggie it is great to not have to wait until Basketball season to have something to talk about. Go Aggies!

  • SLC BYU Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 10:49 a.m.

    Now the questions coming are how long can Utah State hang onto Matt Well? A Wake Forest rumor a few days ago sent shivers down the spines of the Aggie faithful, knowing Utah State is the poorest program in the MWC (WAC 2.0), and could NEVER equal what BYU or Utah can offer a successful head coach contractually.

  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    Dec. 12, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    Waiting for Stang0 to have something bad to say about the job Wells did. Stang0 predicted a horrible season for the Aggies because of the loss of Anderson and graduation losses. Even he should be impressed with what the Aggies accomplished this year without 5 of the initial starters early in the season. But his response always is, only playing in the WAC 2.0 (so it doesn't count). I guess he would like to have USU join the Big Sky?

  • Sports Nutz Smithfield, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 7:26 a.m.

    Great job by Wells and his staff along with all the players buying into the system and not giving up. The future is bright for USU. USU has now split the last 2 games against the utes, with both teams winning on their home field. With the utes getting so much more $$ from the pac 10, it is easy to see which program is getting the most for their money and moving up instead of being a punching bag headed downward. GO AGGIES......

  • oddman ,
    Dec. 11, 2013 9:44 p.m.

    It is always refreshing to read about the success of men of whom little is expected. Congratulations on becoming bowl eligible and compiling a winning record despite the loss of your quarterback and other key men during this present football campaign. It is also nice to replace the Utes as our favorite in state rival.

  • Funny/witty screen name Orem, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 6:08 p.m.

    Wells did a great job at utah st. he should have beat the u of u and the game would have been a lot closer against BYU if chuckie didn't get hurt. usu is a up and coming team and will be good for a while. Good luck to the other classy program in the great state of utah. (byu being the other one of course)
    Go Cougs!

  • Mars_ Logan, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 5:13 p.m.


    I thought Chris B's comment was not complimentary.

    It appears he is saying that the best a weak program like USU can muster is good enough for the puny program that we are.

    The comment section around here, between Chris B and Stang08, is really turning me off to the Des News. I can't tell you how many times my comments, which attempted to engage and NOT mince words, have been rejected by the moderating staff here. Frustrating.

    Their comments are condescending, snide, dismissive, and trollish.

    But if you call them out on it, your comment is deleted.

    Go figure.

  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    Dec. 11, 2013 4:42 p.m.

    Nice to have a complimentary, thoughtful comment from Chris B. Of course Peterson didn't go to Boise (not recently anyway). One of the problems with being a mid level program is your coach is always an offer away from leaving. But still it is better to have short term success and lose your coach than long term failure (USU has been there, that's for sure). Only a coach near the end of his career, or one who just loves Logan for some reason and wants to build a legacy (like Coach Romney and Morrill) would be likely to stay on a prolonged basis.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 4:34 p.m.

    Well done Wells! I have been totally impressed with Coach Well's aggressiveness play calling. Aggies are in good hands.

  • Horrible Stumper Hyrum, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 4:04 p.m.

    Coach Wells did an amazing job. His ability to overcome the setbacks he encountered was inspiring to the players, the community, and the school. If a coach in SLC was able to adapt his team that way Coach Wells was able to, they may have went to a bowl, no matter how powerful their conference is reputed to be. Great job Coach Wells, hope you plan to stay for a few more years. Aggie Nation certainly supports you.

  • Mars_ Logan, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 3:48 p.m.

    Congrats to Wellsy. :)

  • Aggie84 Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 11, 2013 3:29 p.m.

    There was some strange troll from down south that guaranteed that when Anderson left that the Aggies would start loosing again. Aggies win, you loose.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 2:19 p.m.

    Congrats to Wells, he did a heck of a good job, considering the setbacks. I just hope that USU can hang on to him. He will be in demand. Good luck to the Aggies in their bowl game.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    Dec. 11, 2013 1:59 p.m.

    before the same USU detractors get on here...


    USU continues to make strides in football, and the program is moving in a great direction!

    Utah State hey... Aggies all the way...

    Go Aggies Go Aggies hey hey hey!