THEREALND - Mishawaka, INDec. 9, 2018 6:27 p.m.9 years as a head
coach with a 52W - 54L record. I don't get the fascination and enthusiasm
with this hire.------------* Build USU from a dumpster
fire to 2nd in State.* Won at Wisconsin.* Lost at a
dumpster fire in Oregon State (so did Sitake), left $12M on the table.
Naval Vet - Philadelphia, PADec. 9, 2018 4:10 p.m.Good for the
Aggies.Bad for the Utes. ---------------I
disagree. Gary helped this year but he was by no means an integral part of our
success.I dare say we wont even notice he's gone next year.
Has anyone heard of any assistants he is bringing in?I heard Wells
took a lot of the coaches...
@SoonerUte:That was a good line, I got a good chuckle out of that
one! Good luck to the Sooners and Go Cougs!
I'll give him a week then he will move on, hey USU Urban is free did you
even give hm a call?
Sooner Ute...do all of your comments need to be laced with sarcasm? Go Aggies,
take another win into the new year. Next year will be another success story. I
hope you win them all except one. How could I ever hope you beat the Cougs?
This is an exciting time to be an Aggie fan.Speaking of fans, go
pack the stadium for your bowl game.Thanks for the quick breaking of
this very welcome news, DN.
BYU fan here who is elated that the Aggies have yet another coach who will
continue the strong upward thrust of the Aggie sports program. You're way
up there now and I see even more great things to come. USU has
always been one of my favorite universities, and how can one ever find a greater
location that in that beautiful valley. You have it all.I realize
this is a football article, but to me it's far more. It's a reminder
to me of many of the greats who put on a uniform in Cache Valley, two of them
being basketball stars who rose to the highest level of collegiate fame. Mike
Santos was one of the greatest ever. He could have played for any school in the
country. And to me, an eighty year old sports nut who has seen many of the
all-time great ones, Wayne Estes sits as the one of the best of the best. Had
not a bizarre accident claimed his life following his memorable, record-breaking
game with Denver, he would have been another Jerry West.There have
been many other USU athletes who rose to stardom...these are two who I happen to
hold in great esteem.Best of success, Coach Anderson. I hope the Y
and USU continue to play for many years. It's a great relationship.
I love the hire. The man has connections to the school and community already.
He has a proven track record with schools like Utah State. UNC just rehired
Mack Brown as well. Its cool to see these coaches coming back to where they
were before - and trying to see if they could reignite the same magic. Really good hire. Here is hoping all the best for Utah State.
It would seem that the re-hiring of Andersen by Whitt was really just as a
result of friendship without any expectation that he would stay too long. The
re-hiring of Andersen by USU is for real and they should expect Andersen to be
there for the rest of his career. A nice gesture by Whitt, IMO, and a very
sound move by USU.
@THEREALNDYou don't understand the history of Aggie football prior to
Coach A. He took us to being a field goal away from going to the Orange Bowl!
He put USU football back on the map! So great to have coach A back! Great hire!
So excited for Aggie football! Now go and crush UNT!
Great hire for USU. Now that he's agreed to leave Utah, I hope
he is able to stay there until he retires and can continue building that
program. Given the small market, USU has done amazingly well and competes
against markets much larger in Fresno and Boise. I would like to see
the rivalry with Utah State and the Utes pick back up. Most years I count my
Utes lucky to face BYU instead of the Aggies, including this year. Best of Luck to Coach Andersen and the Aggies, even though I'm saddened
to see him go.
USC's DLine coach, Kenechi Udeze has been let go. I understand he's a
terrific recruiter. Come on, Kyle. Make a deal. 👍
How could you not hire this guy?
This BYU fan is delighted to hear Coach Andersen is returning to Utah State.
What a great coach to keep the program moving forward. Congratulations!
"He's been a part of the coaching staff that just won a Pac-12 South
Division title this season."I wouldn't put too much weight
into that. The entire P12 was fairly weak this season but the south was
Absolute best scenario for USU. I love this hire. Other big names applied, but
in my mind they had their baggage too.
He seems to be a good person
That is awesome. What a journey following his couching career. Will be glad
with welcoming arms to see him back in Logan. Was afraid the Aggies, and no one
expected them to win on the smurf turf, would go back to what, they won two or
three games for two years after the lastest Head coach departure? Beat the Y
I know that.Anyway, welcome back Gary. Much success to you.
It appears the Andersen effect has already began. Tolau is transferring from the
y, and it appears at least one Utah coach will go to Logan with Gary.It remains to be seen if the kids he was recruiting for Utah will stay
committed or if some will be swayed to Logan. It seems like byu and USU go head
to head for more of the same kids, so it could hurt Kalani more than Kyle.
Get Ty Detmer for QB coach. LOL!
I think his ultimate dream job is KW's job.
9 years as a head coach with a 52W - 54L record. I don't get the
fascination and enthusiasm with this hire.
Congratulations to Coach Anderson. We will miss him at the U. He is a great
assistant coach. I wish him nothing but the best. I think some people are cut
out for head coaching and some are cut out to be great assistant coaches. I
think coach Anderson is in the latter group. I think he will do a good job at
Utah State, however, I think he makes a better assistant coach than a head
coach. If it doesn't work out at Utah State I would welcome him back at
Utah. Fantastic D line coach.
USU just will never learn their lesson, he is gone in 2 maybe 3 years...
Now waiting for the article in a few years of him taking the job at Wisconsin
again and starring with Bill Murray in Groundhog Day 2!
Really excited about the prospects for Aggie football. Coach Andersen will have
an excellent core of veteran players to build upon and his reputation as a
recruiter makes one expect significant improvement in talent. It will be
interesting to see who the assistant coaches and coordinators are going to be
(will really miss Yost). I think this is the best possible hire for USU
because it does at least offer the hope that Andersen will be around for a long,
Just like in the parable, a lot of people aren't happy with the return of
the prodigal son. I, however, welcome you home Coach. Go Aggies!
Go Gary Andersen.
Good for the Aggies.Bad for the Utes. We'll miss
you Gary! Good luck in your next head coaching stop.
He is a great coach and we are super lucky to have him back. I had a
friend who played for him at USU and then a cousin who played for him at Oregon
State. Both have nothing to say but great things about Gary. He cares a TON
about his players -- both on and off the field. He puts player education and
well-being (including mental and emotional well-being) first. He cares a ton
about his coaching staff and goes to bat for them and gives them opportunities
when most wouldn't. He is a firm believer in forgiveness and gives people
second and even third chances. His staff and his players are loyal to him
because he is loyal to them first.When he makes a mistake, he owns
it, which is why he walked from $12 million at Oregon State. Oh, and when he
left USU to go to Wisconsin, he called every single player on the team and made
a very sizable personal donation to the athletics program just for good measure.
That is just the type of class act he is. All the more fitting that
he retake this position. It is a tough loss for the U I am sure, but Gary is a
head coach through and though. Welcome home, Coach A. And, yes, Go
From my many of years of management experience, I am pretty certain that those
hired a second time are very likely to stay and be more loyal than other
employees. 1) They tend to recognize the good environment they left before; 2)
They are quite thankful to have been rehired; 3) They don't want to screw
up a good thing like they did before by leaving. The grass
isn't always greener on the other side of the fence and they have learned
it the hard way.
Congratulations and good luck, Gary. You're gonna need a Defensive
Coordinator.Who was your DC at OSU? Oh, that's right..."Kalani, it's Gary. We're getting the band back
Although there were other good candidates, USU chose wisely on this one. Despite
things not going well at Oregon State, Coach Andersen knows how to win here
because he's done it before.
“There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in
Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on —
shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.”― George W. Bush
Good luck, Gary, and thanks for helping out this year. The Ute defensive
tackles were much improved due to your work with them. You will be missed.Go Utes! Go Aggies!
Great hire, he'll do well again.
Of course!Good move!
Good for USU. bad for Utah. Hear he is taking JustinE. As DC.