In a joint statement issued today by Oregon State University from Head Football Coach Gary Andersen, Athletic Director Scott Barnes, and University President Ed Ray, Andersen and the University have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately.
Assistant Coach Cory Hall, who is the team’s cornerbacks coach, will be the interim head coach, while a national search for a replacement is conducted.
Importantly, and in an unprecedented move, Andersen also agreed to waive the remainder of his contract.
“After many discussions with Scott, waiving my contract is the correct decision, and enables the young men and the program to move forward, and concentrate on the rest of this season,” Andersen said. “Coaching is not about the mighty dollar. It is about teaching and putting young men in a position to succeed on and off the field.”
“Coach Andersen’s decision to waive his remaining compensation is unprecedented in major college athletics,” Barnes said. “His decision is made for the right reasons and values, and it speaks volumes about the kind of honorable person that Gary Andersen is.”
The elimination of the buyout of a contract that extended through 2021 is a hugely important component of the decision. The replacement coach is expected for the 2018 season, but will most likely be named near the end of the current regular season, when most coaching staffing changes occur.
That will be vital to salvaging recruiting, which is where the basis for rebuilding the program will have to come from, given the deficiencies in key areas, most notable being both the defensive and offensive lines, and at quarterback. These were problem areas apparent since the inception of the Andersen era, and ones not successfully addressed, which negated a number of positives and strengths Andersen did accomplish, and exacerbated other shortcomings.
We’ll have more on this in the days and weeks to come.
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