Wow he did leave. He'll be missed!
Reality check:Players are not likely to make negative comments.
They've been well schooled in that. Esprit de corps dictates.To
say USU is a "player driven team" is wishful thinking. That will last
until the new coach arrives. Then it will be, as always, a coach driven team.Coaches need a severe course in prediction counseling. Gary Anderson
made himself look bad with what he said so definitively. If they'd learn to
say, "I see nothing in the horizon that would keep me from being the coach
here." When the media asks, "What would change your mind?" then say,
"I don't deal in hypotheticals and speculation."And
anyone who says he did the right thing because who would walk away from that
kind of money has a serious character flaw and I hope a potential employer
doesn't challenge them on how much money it would take to sell out the
Too bad for USU. Every time the Aggies start doing well their coach bolts -
nature of the game I guess?The Aggie players can say what they want
(trying to put a good face on this) but I have seen this movie before - prepare
to return to mediocrity.On a related note: remember last week's
story "Utah State football: Bingham star Hayden Weichers chooses USU over
BYU" Wonder what this kid is thinking today?
If Gary were not winning, the school would dump him, despite a contract. Sure,
they'd pay his contract off, but they'd dump him just the same.
That's the world coaches live in. While I'm sick at heart he is
leaving, I have no ill will for him. Most of us, if we were offered millions to
take a new job doing something we love, would do the same thing. Good luck, Coach Anderson. Go Aggies!!!
I knew Coach Andersen was going to stick around Logan. He's always chasing
his next biggest pay check along with the wins. He's not made in the same
cloth as LaVell Edwards, Joe Paterno, and some others who were more concerned
about leaving a legacy in one place. Andersen's coaching history shows that
he's a wanderer. Look at all the places he's been since 1988 when he
started coaching. The longest he stayed anywhere was at the University of Utah
for five years. I feel bad for Aggie fans and the players. They can't catch
a break for very long. They need a coach who will stick around and not chase
better paychecks all the time. They need someone loyal like Chris Peterson, Kyle
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Well, it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. He's done a masterful
job at USU and has even surpassed his old head coach, Kyle Whittingham. Good for
him. I wish him the best.
My condolences to the Utah State fans and players. You guys were a great team
this year, and hopefully you can carry it on into the years to come. I also
hope you guys get a quality coach who can continue the success, and that my Utes
regularly schedule both you guys and BYU in the future. Good luck to you guys,
and go Utes!
@Rock On: Well said.The Aggies were fun to watch this year, and
hopefully it continues in the years to come. When a coach says that he is
"definitely" staying. Nine times out of ten you might as well start
looking for a new one.
Rafinsure,I don't think LaVell or Paterno stayed in one place to
build a legacy. They stayed because they were coaching where they wanted to be
and were not driven to coach for $$$ or accolades. Both had offers to make much
more money but turned it down to stay at institutions that they loved. On the
other hand, Andersen hasn't made a lot of money and is at a younger age
where financial security plays a bigger role.
He's good friends with Urbn Myer and they talk weekly. Urban said he was
not going anywhere and three days later he was on his way to Miami. I know
it's to better his family but I would hate to be his players that were sold
on coming to Logan and now they are on their own.
Anderson turned around the USU program and it isn't a surprise that a
program was willing to pay significant money to get him. I hope USU can find a
replacement that can keep up the success.It all reminds me of Urban
Meyer--stating how special Utah was and then leaving for Florida. At least
Anderson waited until after the bowl game.One more thing, those that
are questioning Anderson leaving for greener pastures and questioning his
loyalty should ask themselves if they would stay at their same job if another
employer were to offer more money or opportunity. People leave one company for
another all the time, often for as little as a 10% pay increase. When one can 5
times their salary and offer them a larger recruiting pool and more opportunity
for playing for bigger bowls, it is really hard to see just about any coach
turning it down. I think most of his critics would not only leave one employer
for more money--most probably already have done so.
Coach A took the Aggies to new heights. I wish him nothing but the best for the
Kind of like Urban leaving the University of Utah, right? Same deal. Big money
is part of the game now that college sports has actually become semi-pro. Oh,
and if you have a few bucks left over for actual education of the average
student, I guess that's a huge plus.