In a shocking turn of events Oregon State and Gary Andersen have decided to “mutually part ways” the news was broken this morning.
OSU students received an email from athletic director Scott Barnes explaining the decision. The separation is effective immediately and Cory Hall has been named the interim coach for the remainder of the season.
The university will “undertake a national search to appoint a head coach for the 2018 season”. It was also reported that Gary Andersen will waive the remainder of his contract and the remaining compensation/income that he would have been eligible for.
It’s extremely rare for a head coach to refuse additional income when he is let go from his job with time remaining on his contract. Andersen was guaranteed around 12.6 million dollars from the University through 2021. This decision will allow Oregon State to approach their national coaching search without worrying about paying two head coaches at the same time.
The Beavers have had a nightmarish start to the season. Their lone win was a come-from-behind victory against Portland State and they haven’t been particularly competitive in their five losses. There has been a mysterious lack of communication between Gary Andersen and his assistants as certain players have missed games despite not showing up on the injury report.
Many Oregon State fans thought a change might be in the works, but many expected one of the coordinators or position coaches to leave the program; not Gary Andersen. This shocking news will have quite the impact on the football program for years to come. It’ll be interesting to see what the Beavers can do to salvage their recruiting class and try to build momentum for a very important off-season as they look for a new head coach.