Gary Andersen & Oregon State “Part Ways” – Who’s Next?
Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen and Oregon State mutually agree to part ways. What does it all mean?
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Gary Andersen is gone at Oregon State. Now what?
Everyone likes Andersen, and he’s done wonderful things at Utah State and then at Wisconsin. But it didn’t work out at Oregon State, and now he and the program have agreed to part ways. That’s hardly shocking.
What is a stunner – in today’s day and age – is that Andersen is choosing to waive his buyout.
He’s owed four more years of salary – $12.6 million – but he’s not taking it
“Coaching is not about the mighty dollar,” said Andersen in a statement. “It is about teaching and putting young men in a position to succeed on and off the field. Success comes when all parties involved are moving in the same direction.”
It’s a very Gary Andersen thing to do – that’s the kind of guy he is. Unwittingly, it’s also a very, very smart move. Now, if he wants to get hired again as a head coach, this is exactly what an athletic director wants to hear.
7-23 now as the Beaver head man, just four of those victories came against FBS teams. None of those four wins came against teams that finished with a winning record, and he went 0-14 on the road.
So now what? Who’s next for Oregon State?
Could it be a Mike Riley threepeat?
He was the head man in 1997 and 1998 before moving on to the NFL. He came back from 2003 to 2014 going 93-80 before taking on the Nebraska gig. To be kind, it’s not exactly working out in Lincoln.
But it’ll be more likely that Oregon State goes younger – Riley is 64 – and in a totally new direction.
It’s Cory Hall’s shot for now to take over as the interim head coach. The 40-year old was a part of the defensive staff at Wisconsin and took over as the cornerbacks coach at Oregon State in 2016. He’s a former Fresno State corner who played in the NFL for six years.
If he can do anything to show hope for the program, he’s going to get a long look at the gig. Good luck – he has six games to give it a shot.