Yeah, I talked about that in the bowl game post. It's pretty darn disheartening. Gary talked a good game about being 100% committed to Utah State. He got them to promise to expand the stadium and facilities and so on, as he promised a winning program. Now he's up and leaving just like that. Utah State has a very storied history, and he could have restored that. He is a total Urban Meyer. He always acted like Kyle Whittingham was his mentor and he kind of distanced himself from Urban, but then at his first opportunity he "pulled an Urban". More power to him I guess, but I just don't like it. It feels wrong.
I believe Kilani Sitake from Utah will end up with the job ironically. Kilani is Utah's defensive coordinator, and he replaced..... Gary Andersen when he left the DC position at Utah to become the head coach at Utah State. Kilani was a running back and fullback at BYU. Kind of funny if it works out this way. Kilani will have played offense at BYU, coached defense at Utah, and then ends up the head coach at Utah State. He'll have all 3 of the major programs in Utah covered. Kind of strange... but these things happen.
I think if Utah State were smart they'd bring back the best offensive coordinator they had in many years and the man who helped get the program moving in the right direction. Mr. Jim Zorn. Zorn got his first real break as a coach at Utah State and then moved on to the NFL. I think he'd be terrific running the show at Utah State. He'd work well with Chuckie Keeton and he could become like June Jones and Pete Carroll who have gone to the college ranks from the NFL and been very successful. I hope they at least look at Jim.
R.I.P. Dad. I miss you. You will never be forgotten
1/12/39 - 8/7/08