Oregon State and Gary Andersen mutually part ways

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 26: Gary Andersen, head coach of the Oregon State Beavers, addresses the media during the Pac-12 Football Media Day on July 26, 2017 at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire)
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Oregon State University and head football coach Gary Andersen have agreed to mutually part ways, according to an official statement from the school.

“I thank Gary for his many contributions to our student athletes, OSU Athletics and Oregon State University,” said Oregon State vice president and director of athletics Scott Barnes. “OSU football has advanced significantly in many ways during Gary’s tenure here, including in our facilities and student-athlete academic performance. This program is poised for success on and off the field.”

Oregon State and Andersen have agreed to release one another from all future contract obligations and payments, which were previously guaranteed through the 2021-22  season.

“After many discussions with Scott, waiving my contract is the correct decision and enables the young men and the program to move forward and concentrate on the rest of the season,” said Andersen. “Coaching is not about the mighty dollar. It is about teaching and putting young men in a position to succeed on and off the field. Success comes when all parties involved are moving in the same direction.”

The departure of Andersen comes after the Beavers got off to a 1-5 start to the season. Andersen was in his third year as the head football coach at Oregon State. Last year, the program finished the campaign with a 4-8 record under his direction, and in 2015, the Beavers went just 2-10. Oregon State last played in a bowl game back in 2013, topping Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl with Mike Riley at the helm.

The Beavers are now fresh off a 38-10 rout at the hands of Southern California.

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