After a 34-9 loss to Nevada on Thursday night, there numerous reports that head coach Gary Anderson and Utah State have parted ways a second time. Gary Anderson coached at Utah State from 2009-2012 and led the Aggies to an 11-2 season in 2011, and coached the final season in the WAC conference before leaving for Wisconsin after the 2012 season. Brett McMurphy confirmed the news.
Anderson’s first stint in 2009 didn’t start off well as the Aggies went 4-8. 2010 was another 4-8 season with losses to the likes of Oklahoma, Boise State, Hawaii, Nevada, and Louisiana Tech. The four wins came against Idaho State, BYU, New Mexico, and San Jose State. In 2011 Gary Anderson had his first winning season with the Aggies, a 7-5 season with losses to Auburn, Colorado State, BYU, Fresno State, and Louisiana Tech and a bowl loss to Ohio. The Aggies were able to beat Weber State, Wyoming, Hawaii, San Jose State, Idaho, Nevada and New Mexico. 2012 was the first 11 win season for the Aggies in school history and it was also the first time that Utah State finished the season ranked in the final AP poll, finishing at number 16. This was also the only season that Utah State would win the WAC conference and included big wins over Louisiana Tech, Utah, and Toledo and close losses to Wisconsin and BYU by a combined five points.
Anderson’s second stint didn’t go as well. Returning in 2019 after serving as the head coach for Wisconsin and Oregon State and a defensive assistant for Utah, Anderson led Utah State to a 7-6 (6-2) season. There was three out of conference losses to Wake Forest, BYU, and LSU and two in conference losses to Air Force and Boise State and a bowl loss to Kent State. The Aggies were looking for an improved season in 2020 under Gary Anderson but instead Utah State has started the season 0-3 with blowout losses to Boise State, San Diego State, and Nevada which is not ideal. As of right now, it is not clear who will take over and this news story will be updated.