Utes' Gary Andersen happy to be home again — and he's been embraced

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  • RememberBYUwinning13of14? Murray, UT
    July 20, 2018 11:40 p.m.

    Guess Ute fans can’t throw stones at BYU hiring an ex coach that couldn’t get it done, they have their own now. GA should have kept himself at Wisconsin where he could get all the 4 and 5 star recruits he needed. Now he’s headed to another Pac12 team that will issues again. How’s that awesome OC working out for you?

  • london_josh Lincoln, CA
    July 18, 2018 12:01 a.m.

    Utelology,

    Oh I get it, he left his contract in October mid season (train wreck) out of altruism.

    Props to Gary Andersen for not taking the millions of guarantee money. He left out of frustrations with his under-staff and the culture.

    Still I wonder what his future and legacy could be. A In the state of Utah he's a hero but his coaching record, although it has many highlights, gets tarnished by Oregon State and might not look great though the magnifying glass of another school. However at Utah, should any HC change happen in 2020 (guys get tired), Gary Andersen walks on water and would be a shoe-in for the new HC position.

    I don't think he shouldn't have walked away, I question the move in October, I think it's unprecedented that he left the money, but I still find it a wee bit ironic that you think he walked away from a contract because of integrity (you see the oxymoron there, right?)

    It was a matter of respect and his move demanded it at his exit in a stunning way.

    again, good for him and Utah, hopefully it changes OrSU

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 17, 2018 4:11 p.m.

    @london

    You can't say that walking away (in October) from the money is a move of integrity because the money was attached to a contract. Ask Oregon State fans and players and employees what they think of his integrity - risky move.

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    The $12M was guaranteed per contract. Like Detmer, he could have tanked and got fired and got paid.

    He didn't and so OSU is better off financially because of it.

  • Itseemedlikeagoodideaatthetime Woods Cross, UT
    July 17, 2018 4:07 p.m.

    July 17, 2018 11:22 a.m.
    bemorefair - Villanueva, NM

    The Utes would be stupid if they didn't spend a lot of time thinking about and focusing on BYU (Remember the old saying- keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer). The can of soup in the background is just reminder of who the real enemy is.....muahahahaha

    On a side note - I actually hate Arizona State and Arizona more than BYU. So please get those Cougars to beat Arizona this year. Please Please Please.

  • london_josh Lincoln, CA
    July 17, 2018 3:26 p.m.

    " 'Who walks away from $12M?' . . . A man with a lot of integrity."

    More like a man with a plan.

    Oregon State is the final stop for college coaches. Sometimes it's nice to have an outside perspective on why somebody might do the things that they do in life.

    Anderson was at SUU as a HC after he left Utah 4-7 for a single season doesn't say much. USU was 4-8 and 4-8 then went bowling with 7 wins then had an 11 win season - the year was 2011 and the MWC just lost TCU, Utah and BYU. Still props to GA, it got him to Wisconsin where he had good records as usual. Oregon State called, the program is a mess, assistants running out on him, and all the pressure in the world.

    How do you judge his coaching record? OrSU would have been his end.

    You can't say that walking away (in October) from the money is a move of integrity because the money was attached to a contract. Ask Oregon State fans and players and employees what they think of his integrity - risky move.

    Good for Utah and good for GA to be at Utah, he'll be happier and this move did preserve a chance to be a HC again, perhaps sooner than people realize.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    July 17, 2018 12:29 p.m.

    @Hickory Hollow

    "Who walks away from $12M?"

    A man with a lot of integrity.

    Go Utes!

  • My Names Syracuse, UT
    July 17, 2018 12:25 p.m.

    He seems to quit a lot.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    July 17, 2018 11:58 a.m.

    @65TossPowerTrap:

    "Detmer just didn't know what he was doing"

    LOL! Good luck with TH also!

    It's always a great day to be a Ute!

    8 is coming

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    July 17, 2018 11:50 a.m.

    65TossPowerTrap:

    "blamed it on his assistants."

    Before his first game at OSU, GA got a commitment from his assistants that they would stay at OSU for three years, long enough time to accomplish something. His DC, despite his three year verbal commitment, lasted less than a year.

    So much for a man's word.

    Good luck to byu.

    Go Utes!

    Welcome home Gary!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 17, 2018 11:22 a.m.

    bemorefair - Villanueva, NM
    July 16, 2018 2:40 p.m.
    The can of Cougar Soup demonstrates how the Utes like to say they've moved on, but they just can't do it - BYU dominates their thought processes.

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    What gave it away? The laughter, mocking your program?

    Here's some better examples:

    * A Cougar "fan" created a fake Twitter account to take a jab at Utah's new AD.

    * BYU fans sent 50,000 emails to Vegas Bowl reps begging them to demote Utah to their Super Bowl

    * Utah canceled the series, Cougar Nation cried to the state legislature

  • Stringer Bell Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2018 9:58 a.m.

    bemorefair: "..BYU dominates their thought processes." Utah dominates on the field.

    Which one is validated by fact?

  • DarthMaul Vernal, UT
    July 17, 2018 4:29 a.m.

    Accepting the ups and downs in any job is what life is all about. It takes a lot of guts to be able to just drop everything for the sake of feeling it deep within when to sort your priorities in life. Resetting your personal compass is needed at times and if it means starting all over again, go for it. Welcome back GA and may things work out for you. Looking forward to watching you calling plays from the sideline.

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    July 16, 2018 10:42 p.m.

    Well, whatever Andersen did right or wrong, I'm guessing Whittingham felt it would be right to have him back. 2009 was a fantastic year in Utah football. The best (to date)!

    With what both Whit & Andersen know now, with all other coordinators and coaches they currently have, and great kickers, maybe 2018 could be bigger, better, sweeter than even 2009!?!

    I hope so. I sure want it to be so.

    (Isn't it interesting how much we vest ourselves in surrogates, like the coaches and players in Utah football)? I think so.

    Go Utah football!

    And, BTW, go Utah basketball this year, too!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 16, 2018 10:22 p.m.

    65TossPowerTrap - Salmon, ID
    July 16, 2018 3:20 p.m.
    "Detmer also quit on his players in mid-season (see ECU and UMass), the only difference BYU is still paying him."

    No - Detmer just didn't know what he was doing, and at no point did he throw his assistants under the bus.

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    What do you think Sitake did?

    You seem to think this is something new.

  • Whoisthisreally slc, UT
    July 16, 2018 9:54 p.m.

    Too bad he left Utah State. He had a good thing going. He could have been a head coach with a top 25 team most every year.

  • SIMPLICITY Denver, CO
    July 16, 2018 8:32 p.m.

    Just as Anderson left Utah to be a head coach elsewhere and returned, so too will Sitake. Coach Sitake will be back at Utah in some capacity within the next few years, probably recruiting.

    The University of Utah is ascending, jump on board.

  • Hickory Hollow Brentwood, TN
    July 16, 2018 7:10 p.m.

    Who walks away from $12M?

  • NORCALUTE Modesto, CA
    July 16, 2018 7:07 p.m.

    I love Utah football...GA is an excellent addition to this years breakout year...as long as the Utes win, that's all that matters...win baby win...not only win, but dominate at every level...let's go boys! Go Utes!

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 16, 2018 7:01 p.m.

    @sorrynotsorry

    "I don't think he'll be at Utah after this year."

    Are you hoping he'll be the coach at BYU-P next season?

  • SorryNotSorry Draper, UT
    July 16, 2018 6:00 p.m.

    I imagine he came because there was a job. He could earn money, refresh at a school he loved, and bide his time while trying to decide where to go to next.

    I don't think he'll be at Utah after this year.

    I believe his largely magnanimous decision to not take the full value of his OSU contract was to keep his coaching stock high within the profession when a new opportunity arises. Shows integrity despite what appeared to be an otherwise disastrous stint with the Beavers.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    July 16, 2018 4:48 p.m.

    We Ute fans sure have been lucky with the hires of top-notch assistant coaches. Norm Chow, Dennis Erickson, John Pease, and now Gary Andersen! Wow!

    Welcome back Gary!

  • 2020 Herriman, UT
    July 16, 2018 4:07 p.m.

    Cougar fan can go ahead and keep theorizing that BYU dominates Utah's thoughts. Utah will continue to dominate them on the field.

    I believe this year will make it eight. BYU better figure out how to turn things around. Their dominance in the 70s and 80s, is starting to like like a blip.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    July 16, 2018 3:48 p.m.

    “.....No - Detmer just didn't know what he was doing, and at no point did he throw his assistants under the bus.”

    How predictable of you to make a vain attempt to diminish this great Ute/man.

    What a clever little man you are.

    Fact is, were he @ tds, instead, you’d unequivocally be doing cartwheels, particularly w/the dearth of defensive coaching experience down there where the coaching staff continues to be way in over their collective head.

    Your tears of pure envy/jealousy are delicious.

    Go Utes!

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    July 16, 2018 3:20 p.m.

    "Detmer also quit on his players in mid-season (see ECU and UMass), the only difference BYU is still paying him."

    No - Detmer just didn't know what he was doing, and at no point did he throw his assistants under the bus.

  • CO Ute Chandler, AZ
    July 16, 2018 3:16 p.m.

    @bemorefair - you know this sounds like some of the comments that come from our nation’s President. That is stretching the truth and making crazy statements of “fact”.

    The picture of the soup can was offered by the DN and prominently displayed to get readers to notice. I doubt this has any more significance than any of the dozens of other items in GAs office.

    To say that this proves that BYU dominates U fans thinking a huge stretch. Why don’t you contact Fox News? They always want a good conspiracy story, even if it isn’t true.

  • KimmyP Grantsville, UT
    July 16, 2018 3:13 p.m.

    Campbell's soup is mmm, mmm good! 😋

  • bemorefair Villanueva, NM
    July 16, 2018 2:40 p.m.

    The can of Cougar Soup demonstrates how the Utes like to say they've moved on, but they just can't do it - BYU dominates their thought processes. As George Costanza famously said, "It's not a lie if you believe it." #GoCoogs

  • Lets check the facts Santa Fe, NM
    July 16, 2018 1:23 p.m.

    Sounds like a good man.

  • Jimbo Low PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    July 16, 2018 1:21 p.m.

    Sometimes the second time around doesn't hold the same magic as the first....refreshing to see someone with a perspective that doesn't exclusively involve the bottom line. Best of luck to Andersen this year (except 11-24).

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 16, 2018 1:17 p.m.

    65TossPowerTrap - Salmon, ID
    July 16, 2018 12:35 p.m.
    Let me guess - "I don't like these guys - I love these guys!" Isn't that what he told Utah State five minutes before he bolted for Wisconsin.

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    Didn't Bronco do the same before bolting to Virginia? The difference:

    * Bronco bailed on a sinking ship to a better opportunity at a P5 bottom feeder

    * Anderson build the Aggies into a MWC contender and a top 16 ranking and left to a better opportunity at a national power Wisconsin

    Bronco also applied for the Michigan job even though Michigan never asked him to apply.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 16, 2018 1:04 p.m.

    2 for 1

    The "Campbell’s Pulverized, Cream of Cougar Soup" will taste so good on Sept. 29th; however, save a little for the Nov. 24th victory celebration.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 16, 2018 12:47 p.m.

    Welcome back Coach!

    Where do we get the “Campbell’s Pulverized, Cream of Cougar Soup”? LOL

    @65TossPowerTrap

    Detmer also quit on his players in mid-season (see ECU and UMass), the only difference BYU is still paying him.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    July 16, 2018 12:35 p.m.

    Let me guess - "I don't like these guys - I love these guys!" Isn't that what he told Utah State five minutes before he bolted for Wisconsin. Ya gotta love the way he quit on his players mid-season at Oregon State and blamed it on his assistants. Good luck with this guy.

  • Den Den West Jordan, UT
    July 16, 2018 11:55 a.m.

    I digress...

    While most coaches dream of coaching a perennial Big Ten Conference Team or a Pacific Twelve Conference Team, Gary Andersen had two golden tickets!

    Good luck at Utah

  • Stringer Bell Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2018 11:53 a.m.

    Welcome back. A great man and a great coach. He should make a big difference in re-establishing Sack Lake City. Go Utes!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    July 16, 2018 11:52 a.m.

    Glad to have Gary back!!

    Go Utes!