Oregon State, Andersen Part Ways, Coach Declines Contract

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Oregon State and coach Gary Andersen have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately, with the Beavers off to a 1-5 start.

The school announced the split in a news release Monday, two days after a 38-10 loss at Southern California. Oregon State does not have a victory against an FBS team this season.

"This was something that evolved between the both of us," athletic director Scott Barnes said.

He said the conversation with Andersen got to a point Sunday "where we made a final decision."

Cornerbacks coach Cory Hall was named interim coach. The Beavers face Colorado at home on Saturday.

"I'm going to give it my best, because in the end that's what the kids deserve," Hall said.

Oregon State says Andersen, 53, and the school "agreed to release each other from all future contract obligations and payments." Andersen's contract had been extended after last season and ran through the 2021 season.

Players reacted on social media, among them

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk, who grew up in Logan, Utah, and lived close to the Andersen family — and thus became close with Andersen's twin sons, Chasen and Hagen.

"He was a great coach, I think he's going to get another opportunity," Falk said Monday. "He totally revived the Utah State program when I was there and that was really fun to be a part of in that community. He's a tremendous coach, he's an even better guy so I think he's going to have success wherever he goes."

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