Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre was just as surprised as everyone else in the college football world when he learned Monday that Oregon State’s Gary Andersen had resigned.
Shortly after learning the news, MacIntyre got a text from his friend.
“He said, ‘I guess I won’t see you Saturday,’ and we talked about a few other things on text,” MacIntyre said. “I’ve known him for a long time and just think the world of him. I don’t know anything that happened (at Oregon State), but I do still wish he was there.”
Andersen’s sudden departure throws a wrinkle into this week’s game for the Buffs (3-3, 0-3 Pac-12), who visit Oregon State (1-5, 0-3) on Saturday.
“I do expect an emotional aspect, as far as I do know their players like Gary Andersen,” MacIntyre said. “So I think they’re going to come out and play in a way of thanking Gary. I think they’ll have an extra energy on that side of it for sure.”
Anderson was in his third season with the Beavers and compiled a record of 7-23, including 3-18 in Pac-12 games. Their lone win this season came at home against FCS Portland State, 35-32. Every other game has been a loss by at least 28 points, including a 58-27 defeat at Colorado State in the opener on Aug. 26.
MacIntyre said he believes OSU had improved throughout the season.
“I don’t know what happened, but they didn’t give him enough time at Oregon State,” MacIntyre said.
Andersen appeared to leave on his own, however, and walked away from $12.6 million left on his contract over the next four years. In a story published by The Oregonian on Tuesday, Andersen grew increasingly frustrated with his assistant coaches.