Off the hook: Ex-Utah State head coach turns down nearly $3 million buyout from school after being fired
Typically, when a university decides to part ways with a head football coach, it’s going to come with an expensive price tag. That’s not how it’s going to go down for Utah State and fired head coach Gary Andersen, though.
According to a report from Doug Robinson of the Deseret News, Andersen will not accept a $2.7 million paycheck that is owed to him from Utah State after being fired during the 2020 season. At the time of his termination, the former Aggies leader had three years remaining on his contract in which he was expected to earn about $900,000 per year.
Per Robinson, Andersen signed a separation agreement and Utah State will not be required to pay the nearly $3 million in buyout money to the head coach.
“He doesn’t think he’ll coach again, but he’ll probably do some camps and work with youth,” Robinson wrote. “He said several times that he has nothing but good wishes for Utah State and its football program and meant it. And that was that.”
Andersen was in his second stint at Utah State, previously coaching the Aggies from 2009-12. After his first run with the program, Andersen became the head coach at Wisconsin, where he spent the 2013-14 seasons before moving onto Oregon State, where he spent three seasons.
In 2019, Andersen was hired to be the head coach at Utah State again but was fired during the 2020 season after an 0-3 start.
Andersen has been a head coach for 11 seasons at Utah State, Wisconsin and Oregon State. He compiled an overall record of 63-70 and guided his teams to five bowl games. In 2014, he led the Badgers to a 10-3 record and an appearance in the B1G Championship Game.