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Football: Nothing new with Gary Andersen, but a strong endorsement from Utah’s Whittingham

By Jeff Faraudo
Thursday, November 29th, 2012 at 4:06 pm in Coach search, Football.

On a day when Gary Andersen’s agent said there was nothing new to report on his client’s involvement with the Cal coaching search, the Utah State coach got a strong endorsement from long-time friend and in-state rival Kyle Whittingam of Utah.

“He’s an excellent football coach, no doubt about that. What he’s done at Utah State certainly speaks to that,” said Whittingham, whose Utes lost 27-20 to Utah State this season. “He’s intelligent. His players really like him, not because he coddles them because they respect him. There’s a big difference.

“You’ve got to be disciplined and tough and he is all that. At same time you’ve got to be able to garner respect of his players. That’s the combination ideally you’re looking for.”

In his fourth season at Utah State, Andersen has directed the Aggies to a 10-2 record and the outright Western Athletic Confererence championship.

Andersen has emerged as a legitimate candidate for the Cal job left vacant Nov. 20 when Jeff Tedford was fired after 11 seasons. Sources said Wednesday that Cal has contacted Andersen about the position.

Andersen, 48, has had success with a Utah State program that has spawned the careers of John Ralston and Bruce Snyder, who went on to great success at Stanford and Cal, respectively.

Andersen and Whittingham have been friends for 22 years. They worked together on coach Urban Meyer’s staff at Utah when the Utes went 13-0 in 2008, then beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

Whittingham noted that besides being defensive coordinator for that team, Andersen has experience as an offensive line coach and a former offensive lineman. “He’s well-versed on both sides of the football,” Whittingham said.

Cal easily could triple Andersen’s current salary of $600,000, but there are other considerations.

Andersen’s son Keegan is a sophomore tight end for the Aggies. Younger son Chasen, a high school linebacker prospect, recently committed to Utah State. And Andersen’s brother Mark is director of football operations.

“That’s a factor, no question about it,” Whittingham said. “Gary’s a family man. His family means everything to him. It’s certainly in the equation.

“What outweighs what is up to him. I know he feels very comfortable in Logan,  very content.”

Would he leave?

“That’s a good question,” Whittingham said. “You’d have to take that up with him.”

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  • CalBearister

    Looks like Cal made it’s hire. Some guy named TBA.

    http://www.calbears.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/blank_tba00.html

  • Dan

    CalBearister – Classic. That is too funny. Looks like a placeholder. Which is what Tedford had become. Good stuff.

  • Juancho

    I wonder how hue jacksons interview went

  • Eric

    Look who is the first to take the fall for the horrible disappointment that is the U$C Trojans.

    http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/college-football/story/_/id/8692724/monte-kiffin-resign-usc-following-bowl-game

  • southseasbear

    CalBearister – that’s good news, as TBA has never lost a game in his career!

  • The Wisdom Cow

    In honor of the recently departed Jeff Tedford, I think we should all take a moment to appreciate the moral victory for the program that is not yet having received a public “no” from Petersen. Good work, Sandy.

  • wehofx

    Yeah but TBA always had a hard time against Bye.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    lol, wehofx.

    Andersen may be THE MAN, not sure yet. But I really like that he was a part of the unbeaten Utah squad under Meyer. Meyer is a guy who does nothing but win football games – even in a probation year his squad is undefeated.

    What kind of offense does he run? Defense? Any creative wrinkles, etc?

    Can’t help it, I am getting excited. I think come signing day we are all gonna be a happy bunch! GO BEARS!

  • Ray Finkle

    The Stanford fan base is an absolute joke. Stanford is hosting the PAC12 championship game and they have only sold 35,000 tickets.That figure is well short of the 50,000 capacity. I don’t care if it’s raining, that is hilarious.

  • rollonubears

    How sad is it that UCLA isn’t buying up the rest? There are tons of UCLA alumni and fans in the bay area, and it’s not a bad road road trip either. This is an all-around disaster. I hope our new coach gets us to this game (at home) within 2 years. 2014 would be the perfect opportunity for it, given our schedule.

  • Juancho

    Must be a hard sell with this storm. But if it were Cal in a title game, I’d suffer through the rain. Pretty buzzed probably. But I’d be there.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    It is also because of Larry Scott’s horrible scheduling that resulted in Stanfurd v. UCLA playing back to back games. Even had game 1 been close, it still would have been lacking.

    Moving the rivalry games was one thing, but then lacking the forsight to have the last game be within the division (last two games should be, really) was Scott’s first dumb move in my book.

  • Juancho

    And it’s at 5 on a work-day. When traffic will be a nightmare b/c of the storm.

    Had it been a Saturday I might have even gone to root on UCLA.

  • Woj

    Cmon, give me a break. An employer is willing to even double your salary to $1.2M from $600,000 and this guy Andersen is going to say no. Ridiculous. I’m not buying that garbage line. Your sons are grown, they are big boys that should be independent of their Daddy’s tool belt. They can continue going to USU or TRANSFER!!??

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Getting paid $600,000 in Utah is like getting paid $1.2M in the Bay Area, just saying…

  • daredevilfan

    Presenting the 2014 CAL Rose Bowl or Natl Championship Starting Roster:

    QB- Kline (IKWT)-SO
    RB- Bigelow-SR
    RB- Muhammad-SO
    WR-Treggs-JR
    WR- Harper-JR
    TE- Rodgers-SR
    OL-Adcock-SR
    OL-Rigsbee-JR
    OL-Cochran-JR
    OL-Rigsbee-JR
    OL- Tagaloa-JR
    DL-Barr-JR
    DL-Jalil-SR
    DL-King/Jefferson-SR
    DL-Moala-SR
    LB-Forbes-SR
    LB-Scarlett-SR
    LB-McCain-SR
    CB-Dozier-JR
    CB-McClure-SR
    SF-Jackson-SR
    SF-Sebastian-SR
    K-Anderson-SO
    P-Leineger-JR
    HC-TBA

  • Juancho

    In klines name, amen.

  • Sean

    Holy Cow. If all those guys are around and healthy, that actually could be a very scary team with the right coach in place.

  • Will

    That’s why I think people are underestimating the attractiveness of the Cal job. The talent is in place to field a competitive team next year with some good coaching. The facilities are there to sustain quality recruiting. So nail this hire, Sandy.

  • daredevilfan

    Sorry, type on Oline and I messed up my Klineology acromym before:

    Presenting the 2014 CAL Rose Bowl or Natl Championship Starting Roster:

    QB- Kline (IKNA)-SO
    RB- Bigelow-SR
    RB- Muhammad-SO
    WR-Treggs-JR
    WR- Harper-JR
    TE- Rodgers-SR
    OL-Adcock-SR
    OL-Hunt-SO
    OL-Cochran-JR
    OL-Rigsbee-JR
    OL- Tagaloa-JR
    DL-Barr-JR
    DL-Jalil-SR
    DL-King/Jefferson-SR
    DL-Moala-SR
    LB-Forbes-SR
    LB-Scarlett-SR
    LB-McCain-SR
    CB-Dozier-JR
    CB-McClure-SR
    SF-Jackson-SR
    SF-Sebastian-SR
    K-Anderson-SO
    P-Leineger-JR
    HC-TBA
    Not present – 92,436 Backup QBs

  • Nor-Cal Scott

    Wow, great job Daredevil. Seeing these lineups visually really shows the young talent on the team. See y’all in Pasadena on Jan 1, 2015!!!!

  • Steve W

    Love it, but no proven talent along the interior lines. A guy like Will Sutton can make a program. Hopefully there’s someone like that in this mix. Or a Juco or two perhaps?