Pac12 Coaches React to Andersen Departure

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A shocking set of events unfolded in Corvallis Monday as Beavers head coach Gary Andersen and Oregon State mutually parted ways. Andersen leaving after a 1-5 start to the season and 7-23 record in his two and a half years at the helm. In his interim it will be Cory Hall stepping in for the remainder of the season.

Cory in the Pac12 Teleconference on Tuesday talked about what the 24 hours after Andersen’s departure were like.

 

He also talked about the family bond the team has and how important that will be for the team moving forward.

 

Now coach Andersen’s situation coming into his third year at Oregon State was compared to that of Colorado coach Mike McIntyre before his third season with the Buffs, where he was able to turn things around and take them to the Pac12 Championship game in 2016. Coach McIntyre with his immediate reaction to Andersen leaving in the Pac12 Teleconference.

 

McIntyre went on to say it was crazy that Andersen would leave so soon in his tenure.

 

Another coach in the conference who had worked together and also against Andersen over the years is Utah’s Kyle Whittingham. Aside from their bouts while Andersen was at OSU and Utah State (Andersen was the head coach in Logan, UT from 2009-2012), Andersen had been on the Utah staff as the defensive coordinator from 2005-2008. Whittingham described their friendship and him being shocked in the Pac12 Teleconference.

 

Arizona’s head coach Rich Rodriguez only saw eachother twice since Andersen showed up in Corvallis. A 1-1 split in the series with the Beavers taking last year’s meeting 42-17. Rodriguez in the Pac12 Teleconference said this was something you never expect at this point in the season.

 

Washington State head coach Mike Leach and Cougar’s quarterback Luke Falk also shared their thoughts on Coach Andersen.

 

Washington head coach Chris Petersen shared a similar reaction as most did when hearing the news for the first time.

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