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Utah State coach gets new contract, new tattoo

Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:27 am
Edited on: December 12, 2011 10:30 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

As the coaching carousel continues to turn, one name generating some buzz was Utah State head coach Gary Andersen. In just his third year with the Aggies, Andersen led the team to a 7-5 record and their first bowl bid since 1997. The school's first postseason trip in more than a decade does not just mean more practices for Andersen and the Aggies, but also some fresh ink for the third-year head coach.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Andersen told his players before the season that if they made a bowl game he would get a tattoo of the Utah State logo. On Sunday afternoon Andersen fulfilled the bargain, visiting a tattoo parlor in Salt Lake City to get the Aggies' logo and "a bowl message" tattooed on the back of his shoulder.

“I have to keep my promise to the kids,” Andersen told the Tribune. “It’s a little weird having a tattoo, but this is well worth it. I love it.”

The predictable sting of the fresh ink can be soothed with the knowledge that Andersen is likely days away from finalizing a new contract that will add a year to his current deal and raise his base salary. The new deal has reportedly been in the process for "a few weeks" and could be announced as soon as Monday.

Thanks to the tattoo Andersen is guaranteed to remember this season forever, but many Utah State fans will not need permanent ink to do the same. The 2011 season opened with the near-upset of Auburn in a last-minute 42-38 loss on the road, and the Aggies went on to lose three more games by a touchdown or less in their 2-5 start. But once Utah State hit the home stretch of the conference schedule the close losses became close wins, as the Aggies rolled of five straight victories by an average margin of 3.8 points.

Utah State will travel to Boise to face Ohio in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday. Click here to check out the rest of the bowl schedule.

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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:08 am

Utah State coach gets new contract, new tattoo

Hey DevilJoe, as long as you are critiquing KLM's English, why not hit all of the flubs? KLM pay attention. In addition to THAN vs. THEN and also aside from the run on sentences...

"I shutter to see..."    It's SHUDDER

"getting harder and harder everyday to teach..."   In this context it's EVERY DAY. 2 words. Later you uses it correctly when you say " everyday society...".

"Every person changes his mind almost as often as they breath,..." it's BREATHE not breath and the use of HIS is singular after using a plural lead in. Try "THEIR" next time. 

"...face that your not related to by blood."  it's YOU'RE and this was the end of a question so use a question mark. 

It appears to me that ignorance has no correlation to body ink, at least on this message board.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:56 am

Utah State coach gets new contract, new tattoo

While I too have a disdain for tattoos, you logic is so horribly flawed that begs a response.  Like tattoos, or hate them, tattoos aren't a true ill in society as you claim.  Some truely great leaders have had enjoyed tattos.

And the story is about Coach Anderson.  If you knew the guy, and what a wonderful leader he is to those kids he coahces (and it transends football into all aspects of these kids lives) you would have to refute your own ignorant statements of "people who get tattoos".

There is a way to show your opposition to body art.  But pretending its a bigger issue than it really is, removes your credibility.  Of all the scourges that plague our society, tattoos are the equivilant of an annoying fly landing on your face.  Just shoo the fly away, and forget about it.

Since: Oct 16, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:27 am

Utah State coach gets new contract, new tattoo


I have a tattoo that I got that was completely my idea and not "someone else's idea of art." It is a tattoo based off the Pontiac Firebird logo that instead of a head, it goes into a cross and in the body it says 1969, under that QAW, and then below that in the tail 2011 for my Dad that passed away this year. I chose the Firebird logo to base it from because both my Dad and I shared a love for the cars (which I ended up buying only a couple months after my Dad died, ironically because we were trying to get one for a while). Also, I got the tattoo in a place where at both (yes both, I have two jobs and am making nothing of myself and will end up in the gutter after receiving my masters degree for a career I am going after if we agree with your views) of my jobs noone will be able to see because I didnt want to offend anyone with my tribute to my passed father.

Sorry if my way of life offends you, but i'm living on the lake with my dream car, and will have a masters degree for a job i love after May... and im only 19... uhhh yep, our society is screwed

Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:08 am

Utah State coach gets new contract, new tattoo


Thank you for your opinion.  It is much appreciated to know that there are still, in fact, a bunch of idiots that do still exist!!!  Your comment bashing individuals who have tattoos is among the worst statements I have ever heard.  Not just on a SPORTS site, but ever.  Let's just start with the basics.  You call people who have tattoos, a piece of art that is often used a symbolism for memories and mementos to cherish for the rest of your life, ignorant and weak minded.  HOWEVER!!!  In the sentence JUST before you called someone with body art ignorant, you used the incorrect word in a sentence.  We learned in 3rd grade English when to use THEN and THAN. "because you crave more attention then your push up bra.." I believe you are making a comparison, therefore, you would have needed to use the word THAN.  But these people who get tattoos are ignorant.  

That being said, could you please explain why everyone with tattoos are criminals and weak minded??  Because a lot of criminals wear shoes, too.  Does that mean everyone who wears shoes is a criminal?  I’ve seen criminals wear sunglasses.  I better keep my sunglasses off from now on, or someone might mistake me for a criminal!!!  

Grow up, this is a new generation. I am a Division 1 college baseball coach. There are kids on my team who have tattoos that can distinguish the difference between THEN and THAN and I can guarantee you they make 10X more of a contribution to this world in 10 years than you are now.  

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:43 pm

Utah State coach gets new contract, new tattoo

I wonder if KLM11 would have to guts to voice this same low opinion of people who get a tattoo, in person, to all those men who return from war with a tatttoo of their division or company. these "weak minded" men have represented our country in battle and have already raised a generation of americans. got news for you KLM, tattooing is thousands of years old and hardly new. i suggest you begin judging men on the content of their character and not on the color of their ink

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:39 pm

Utah State coach gets new contract, new tattoo

Nothing like getting a tattoo to fit in with the ignorant players on your team.  I shutter to see what our society is going to look and act like 20 years from now, when all these weak minded tattooed fools are responsible for representing our country and raising our youth.  I know it's getting harder and harder everyday to teach the young generation not to use the herd mentality when making such permanent decisions as marking your body with someone's name or someone else's art work.  Common sense is something a lot of people these days lack when making these types of decisions and the fact that tattoo's are becoming acceptable&n
bsp;in everyday society is joke. 

Every person changes his mind almost as often as they breath, so why would you allow someone to put their own idea of art permanently on your body or someone's name or face that your not related to by blood.  Why would you ruin your skin at all, because you think it makes you cool, because you think it makes you tough, or maybe for you women it's because you crave more attention then your push up bra or fake boobs already get you?  The only thing tattoos are good for are so that we can identify the weak minded, the ignorant, and in a police lineup to prove which low life criminal did the crime.

Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:16 pm

Utah State coach gets new contract, new tattoo

@crummy: ha ha, yeah, we just watched that episode the other day...

I knew from day one that Coach Anderson would turn this program around, since he came in with all the right ideas and philosophies to do so.  Major props to him for getting the team to a bowl and a potential 8-win season!  Seriously, for those that know nothing of USU football, this is a big deal.

I don't think Anderson wants to leave the state of Utah though.  The University of Utah would be his dream job, and he does have a lot of loyalty to USU.  I personally don't think he'd leave the Aggies for anyone else other the Utes, even if say, SDSU came calling or something.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:36 pm

Utah State coach gets new contract, new tattoo

Gary doing a great job..... GO AGGIES!! 

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:28 pm

Utah State coach gets new contract, new tattoo

The major problem I see with Anderson staying is there may not be a conference to play in.  In order to have any future, Utah State needs to get into the MWC.  Without that coaching there will be career suicide and Anderson needs to move to a more stable sitiuation.

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:34 pm

Utah State coach gets new contract, new tattoo

Utah State's In Cache Valley not Salt Lake, and yes, there's a tatoo parlor on Main St.  Let's hope Anderson follows Stu's example and stay's put at USU.  I'm sure if he continues to be successful that bigger football programs will look his way.

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