When Gary Andersen and Oregon State agree to mutually part ways on Monday, it was not surprising to some. After a 1-5 start to the season, as well as a 7-23 overall record in two-and-a-half seasons in Corvallis, it’s hard to argue a change was needed.
Another stunning development was the terms of his departure, whereby he forfeited the remaining $12 million on his four-year contract.
Stunning. Gary Andersen is waiving the remainder of his contract. pic.twitter.com/zbPTK8ZPQg
— Danny Moran (@DannyJMoran) October 9, 2017
A day later, it’s been revealed through texts sent by Andersen to John Canzano of The Oregonian, that Andersen was contemplating this exact move for some time. The texts also show that Andersen blames much of his failure at Oregon State on his assistant coaches.
Dating back to the start of the season, Andersen sent several candid texts that showed his contempt for his staff, and an overarching sentiment that his players and Beavers fans deserved much more.
Following a shouldn’t have been that close 35-32 win over FCS Portland State:
Andersen (Sept. 3): “If the defense can not get better … I will be making some decisions I really do not like or want to make. We will grind!!”
After a 48-14 home loss to Minnesota:
Andersen (Sept. 9) : “Hard place right now… one thing I guarantee you is this: This staff needs to figure it out. I ain’t going to die doing this (expletive)! It’s on me and I get that and right now I hired the wrong guys!! Beaver Nation deserves much better! End of story!!”
Andersen hinted that this move might be coming a few days later, before the Beavers faced off with Washington State:
Andersen (Sept 12): “I have them by the (expletive) for every penny, no buyout for the next four not counting this year… but that’s not my style!! If it does not improve I will do some crazy (expletive) with my salary so I can pay the right coaches the right money!!”
After losing big to Washington State, the Beavers had a bye week and then prepared to face Washington and USC, who were both unbeaten at the time. At this point Andersen was beyond frustrated, outright admitting that he didn’t have the right people in place on his staff to be successful.
Andersen (Sept. 20): “I hired the wrong (expletive) guys and are still working our way through a bunch of recruiting years that stunk!! It’s year three! If these (expletives) can’t get it right I will not just say fire them and start over!! That’s not the way to go about it. If I (expletive) it up that bad I will take the bullet and ride off into the sunset! I will stay old school!! I will not die doing this (expletive)!! Stay tuned!”
Days later, Andersen seemed to lament his situation entirely, leaving a successful program steeped in tradition in the Big Ten at Wisconsin for a bottom-feeding school in the Pac-12.
Andersen (Sept. 25): “It’s Oregon State! Not bitching trust me on that one!! It is what it is!! I made my bed!! Grind and fight again tomorrow with my kids!! I was in a bad funk on bye week now it will be me with my guys the rest of the way!!”
Which leads us to this week.
Andersen is certainly a rare bird, and it’s commendable that he did not want to hold the university hostage or keep them on the hook for his salary if he conceivably already had one foot out the door. But the publication of these texts seems to paint the picture of a man conflicted by what was right for his kids and what was right for the program.
The terms of his curious resignation, just became much more interesting.
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