People want to defend Andersen’s move because they want someone to believe in. He’s a good man, a terrific coach, a coach who said the right things, who talked about and emphasized what was in the kids’ best interests, as though that really was a priority of his. But there were a few things that were bigger priorities … namely, more money and a higher profile and straight ambition. Defenders and apologists say it’s the smart move, the money move, the human move. And all of that is true. But it does not address the damage left behind: The players to whom promises were made about the greatness that would be Utah State. – Gordon Monson (Complete Article)
The kids. It is all about the kids in Gordon Monson’s opinion. I would really like to know what the kids think of Coach Andersen leaving. Are they upset that he left? Did he really promise them he would be there through their college careers? Even if they did, I doubt they would say they are upset with Coach Andersen.
Although I am sure Gary is a great recruiter, there are more variables in deciding what school to go to than Coach. The biggest deciding factor in choosing a school must be playing time. Chuckie Keeton had to know he had a shot at starting and USU before changing his commitment from Air Force to USU. There are other variables as well like the school’s academics and location.
How can we assume that the kids are hurt by a coach moving. Are we assuming that these kids are so naive to not think of the possibility of a coaching change? Or if the kid’s are so naive, where are their parents and role models/mentors to help them realize it? We all know if you flip the situation the players would be doing the same thing. If Chuckie Keeton was offered a scholarship to another bigger program than USU (pick your choice) with a chance to start he wouldn’t have left USU in the dust? These kids (and whatever team they have) are not stupid.
USU fans, please do not be discouraged by the coaching change. By having Matt Wells as the head coach, Keeton will have the same offense going into next year and all the same returning starters. They are also bringing back a large part of the defense. So, who will be the new defensive coordinator? I have no idea. It shouldn’t matter because it may be one of the easiest coaching jobs to take this offseason. All the new coordinator will need to do is run the same defensive and enjoy another top 20 ranked defense.
I look forward to watching the Aggies go big next year (except against the Utes of course). Go Aggies Go!