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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Reports: Utah State wants to bring back Gary Andersen as head coach

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Utah State is in need of a new head coach now that Matt Wells has left for Texas Tech, and the Aggies could be turning to a familiar face.

Both Yahoo’s Pete Thamel and The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman report that Utah State is targeting Gary Andersen for their head coaching job.

This would be Andersen’s second act at the school. 

In 2009, Andersen took over a program that hadn’t had a winning season since 1996. He had them at 7-6 in his third season and 11-2 in his fourth season. That strong year helped him land the Wisconsin job, where he went 19-7 over two seasons. Andersen left Wisconsin for Oregon State, which turned out to be a disaster. He torpedoed the Beavers, going 7-23 and was fired amid a 1-5 start in his third year.

Andersen has proven before that he can win at Utah State. As long as he’s ready for a return, this makes plenty of sense. This reunion is only slightly less exciting than another reunion that was formed recently.

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