From the dismissal of Jason Shelley to the departure of Gary Andersen, even to players entering the transfer portal, there has been a lot of news coming out of Utah State during this weird season and the news has seemingly kept coming with two notable new developments.
Utah State at Colorado State is off
The Aggies were scheduled to play the Rams in Fort Collins, but per Brett McMurphy, the game is off and it isn’t due to COVID-19 reasons.
Utah State’s players voted not to play at Colorado State Saturday because of comments they said were made by USU president Noelle Cockett on Tuesday call about her concerns w/interim coach Frank Maile’s religious & cultural backgrounds @Stadium has learned https://t.co/HnZbhxM0Xa— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 11, 2020
There is some strange things going on at Utah State right now, to include no enlightening on why Jason Shelley was dismissed because interim coach Frank Maile said it wasn’t for disciplinary reasons. Speaking of Frank Maile...
Utah State and Blake Anderson?
It has been reported that Blake Anderson, who was the head coach of Arkansas State before he resigned yesterday, is heading to Utah State. This would be a good but unexpected get for the Aggies as Anderson has done well with the Red Wolves, winning seven or more games in every season he coached for Arkansas State.
This is significant because Blake Anderson took over for Arkansas State after then head man Bryan Harsin, current head coach of Boise State, left for the Broncos after the 2013 season. This is the second straight head coach that Arkansas State has lost to a Mountain West team if the reports are true.
It is a little surprising that Frank Maile wasn’t given a chance to be the head coach for Utah State given that he has a large connection with the Aggies, however if Blake Anderson did leave for Utah State, he would be welcomed warmly by Aggie fans as he attempted to turn Utah State around and get them competing at the top of the conference once again.
Now that the Colorado State game has been called off, Utah State will finish the season 1-5, their worst finish since 2006 in arguably one of the strangest seasons in college football history.