LOGAN -- Coach Gary Andersen announced Friday he will remain the head football coach at Utah State University.
In October, Utah State director of athletics Scott Barnes announced a contract extension for Andersen, keeping him at USU through the 2018 season. Along with Andersen's revised contract, the new deal also calls for continued salary increases for all of his assistant coaches.
"I plan to remain the head football coach at Utah State University," Andersen said in a statement released Friday afternoon by the school. "The interest I have received is a compliment to the quality young men in this program. Their hard work and dedication has built a culture that will enable us to continue to be successful at a very high level moving forward.
"I love Cache Valley, this university and these young men, and I am humbled and excited to continue to be the coach here. The leadership of President (Stan) Albrecht and Mr. Barnes, as well as the support from the fans and community, are big reasons why this is the right place for myself and my family at this time."
Utah State (10-2, 6-0 WAC) just completed its most successful regular season in school history as it set records for wins (10) and home wins (6), while recording its first outright league championship since 1936 and its 11th in school history as it became the first team in USU history to post a 6-0 conference record.
Utah State also claimed possession of the Beehive Boot Trophy, the symbol of gridiron supremacy in the state of Utah, in 2012 for the second time in the past three seasons.
Utah State, which joins the Mountain West Conference on July 1, 2013, concludes WAC play with an 11-game winning streak. Overall, USU has won each of its last six games this year to rank tied for the fifth-longest winning streak in school history and tied for the sixth-longest active winning streak in the nation.
Nationally, Utah State is one of just 18 teams with 10 or more wins on the season.
Utah State, who is ranked 20th in the nation in this week's Associated Press top 25 and 22nd in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll, will conclude its 2012 season at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 15.
There has also been just as much success in the classroom as 66 Aggies have earned academic all-WAC honors in his first three years, while another 84 have graduated from USU. Furthermore, Utah State had 18 football players earn academic all-WAC honorees in 2011 to rank first in the conference.