Rumored to be a potential candidate for the job at Colorado among other places, Gary Andersen will instead remain an Aggies.
In a press release, Andersen announced that he will return in 2013 as Utah State’s head coach. He will return armed with a revamped contract as the school announced his deal has been extended through the 2018 season.
While there was no word on any type of pay increase for the coach himself, the contract will include raises for all of Andersen’s assistants.
“I plan to remain the head football coach at Utah State University,” said Andersen in a statement. “The interest I have received is a compliment to the quality young men in this program. Their hard work and dedication has built a culture that will enable us to continue to be successful at a very high level moving forward.
“I love Cache Valley, this university and these young men, and I am humbled and excited to continue to be the coach here. The leadership of President (Stan) Albrecht and Mr. Barnes, as well as the support from the fans and community, are big reasons why this is the right place for myself and my family at this time.”
Andersen is 25-24 in his four years at the school, with his most successful season being the latest. The Aggies won 10 games for the first time in school history, and won a conference championship — in the final year of the WAC — for the first time since 1936.
Utah State is currently ranked No. 20 in the Associated Press poll, No. 22 by the coaches and No. 24 in the most recent set of BcS rankings.
In addition to the job in Boulder, Andersen had also been connected to Cal’s vacancy as well.