After a weekend in which Utah State won the WAC title, their first outright championship since 1936, moved up to No. 20 in the AP poll and 22nd in the Coaches poll and made their debut in the BCS standings at No. 24, you would think their head coach Gary Andersen would be atop many lists for the several vacant coaching jobs. I’m guessing he is or after talking with him on Gunther and Graham on 1320 KFAN–he was.
Andersen admitted that he had been contacted by schools but said the opportunities didn’t fit him. Unless he has a change of heart (and if a school comes waiving large amounts of dollars that could happen), in my opinion that means he’s staying at Utah State. Knowing the jobs that are now open and with reports that he was on a short list for the Kentucky and Cal positions with Colorado as another possibility it’s pretty clear that he didn’t feel those were the right opportunities.
That is good news for Aggie fans as this team should be strong again next season as it moves into the MWC. Of course that means more rumors next year but for now enjoy the continuity and success he has brought to the program. The full interview is below. He addresses the coaching rumors at the 12:58 mark.