The Mwc a respected conference?By the sun belt perhaps?The Mwc isn't nearly as good as it used to be, an it wasn't that
great back then Last year the Mwc went 1-14 against the PAC 12. That's nothing to be getting excited about. Wells has
done a great job no doubt. I hope he continues to have success
The biggest mystery to me was the hiring of Arslanian. Yeah, I understand them
feeling like they got burned/spurned by John L. and Charlie, and they apparently
wanted to have someone around that was likely to stick around, but the cost they
paid for that decision was devastating. I said at the time (I played spring
ball under his staff) that he set that program back 10 years. Until they get
more established in the college gridiron world, I think the burned/spurned model
is something they should be ok with. Where they are right now, it doesn't
seem too bad to pay the price of losing coaches with the corresponding success
that a good coach can bring to Logan. At least when the coaches leave, they
don't have to pay out their contracts like they do when they fire.
I think USU Football paid for not allowing Arslanian time to implement his
program. He was left nothing by John L. Smith and brought in Emmett White who
was one of USU's best players ever. Arslanian's inherited
quarterback, Riley Jensen, was fifteen pounds overweight and a better punter
than a quarterback. He could have twenty yards open to run and could only rush
for a yard and a half.The USU administration had Mick Dennehy lined
up to replace Arslanian about half-way into his second year. With a lighter
schedule lined up for Arslanian's third year, they tought Dennehy would
have a winning year, and they would look brilliant. Instead USU lost against
Idaho State and got blasted by Boise State.This same administration
turned down the Sun Belt when they were left out of the WAC and the Big West
collapsed, choosing to go independent for a couple of years. That decision,
firing Arlsanian before he could implement his program, hiring Dennehy and Brent
Guy was what set the program back a decade. Once a new adminstration got in,
they cleaned it up and gave Anderson time to turn it around.
I like Wells. He does a good job. Ufortunately a contract extension from a
school like Utah State doesn't mean much. If another bigger school wants
him they'll pay-off the contract. Aggie fans better hope Whittingham does
something worthwhile next season else I think Wells could be getting a call from
I disagree with part of Chris B's statement. It was great back when your
school, BYU, and TCU ruled the conference. When your team moved up to the PAC12
and BYU went their way it died. We all know how good TCU is going to the BIG12.
Now it's just full of original WAC teams. Comparing the WAC 2.0 to the
Sun Belt was awesome. I'll bet no one remembers the aggies being in the
Sun Belt. They were so excited when USU moved to the WAC.
@redthunder: Much to us Aggie Fans chagrin, you are probably right. Whitt
hasn't done anything since Coach A left, who better to turn to than Coach
A's #1 protégé, Matt Wells. Money says a lot and unfortunately
the "U" has more money than USU. And if it is not the Utes, it will be
somebody else. I have a lot of respect for Coach Wells, he did a great job his
first year here and is continuing to do so. He has the model down that works at
Utah State. No one can blame him when he leave for more money. Hopefully he is
prepping someone to take his place. However, that being said I am not sure that
Utah University is not a coaches grave yard. I don't know that any coach
can recruit the players that Utah needs to be competitive in the PAC 10+2. Coach
Whitt certainly can't, can anyone else. Unfortunately the gap between Utah
and the upper teams in the PAC 10+2 is widening, not closing. It is what it is.
Don't feed the Trolls, just respond to the on-point comments.
Thanks, Rock. We Aggie fans are indeed enjoying this moment. It's nice to
finally have some stability and a model in place that works for the program.
@John S. HarveyThere are no "on-point" comments around here.
This is the truth.
I am one Aggie that is really enjoying this moment. There was a time when I
didn't think I'd live long enough to see it happen! I love the job
that Matt Wells is doing, and I'm just going to enjoy it and not worry
about if he might leave. Since he is an alumni here and really seems to enjoy
CV, who knows, maybe he'll decide to stay for awhile and continue to build
the USU football legacy. As long as his pay and his assistants pay can keep
going up, this could happen. In regards to replacing Whitt at Utah
if things don't turn around there, I suspect that the first call will be to
Gary Anderson at Wisconsin rather than Matt Wells. I also suspect the GA might
just decide to come back to Utah where he is well respected and has a great
recruitng base. Time will tell. For now, it is truly a great time to be an
Why would Andersen leave Wisc who is paying him an obscene amount of money for
UofU who wouldn't come close to his current pay grade? That makes no
sense. It makes more sense for Wells to go if and I mean only if he does well
at USU. One mediocre does not a coaches career make.