Integrity does exist: Gary Andersen called all 106 Utah State players after taking Wisconsin job

Are you listening, Tommy Tuberville? What about you, Bobby Petrino?

Tuberville, after three years at the head of the Texas Tech football program, literally left three recruits at dinner in order to jet over the Cincinnati to accept the vacated Bearcats job.

Petrino (do we have to even waste our time? Yes, yes we do), only months after crashing his motorcycle with his mistress along for the ride, was talking to reporters all about second chances and what not after Western Kentucky agreed to pay him $850,000 annually to head up the Hilltoppers’ football program.

These are the types of people that mothers of high school students want coaching their sons?

We here at Gamedayr have one word for the both of them: Bleh.

However, out of Madison comes a story fans of not only college football, but simply integrity in the world of collegiate sports in general, can finally wrap their arms around and celebrate.

Gary Andersen is a familiar face in Madison. His Utah State team should have beaten the Badgers in Mad-town, had it not been for a missed, 37-yard field goal in the game’s closing seconds.

It was only one of two losses for the Aggies on the season, along with another heartbreaker to BYU, 6-3.

Andersen won the right way in leading Utah State to an 11-2 record, one of the  best seasons in the school’s history. Its 41-15 lambasting of Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was the program’s first postseason win in 19 years.

He obviously felt his players were a special bunch, both on and off the field. That is why, in a move that a guy like Tommy Tuberville would in all likelihood never – ever – do, he stayed up all night calling each and every one of his players, making sure each young man heard personally from the man who led them to such great heights.

It is a move rarely seen at any level. In a day and age where men such as Petrino are given countless chance and are thrown wads of cash, where athletic departments no longer have any qualms with sending their student-athletes across the country in order to dig their hands into ever more television revenue, Andersen’s actions are a breath of fresh air.

Andersen’s entire coaching career has been spent in the state of Utah.

If he continues to show the type of integrity and care for his players while coaching in the Big Ten, he will have found a home for himself in the state of Wisconsin.

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