Utah State gives Andersen contract extension

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Utah State’s first trip to a postseason bowl in 14 years has earned coach Gary Andersen another one-year contract extension. School officials announced the deal Thursday, two days before the Aggies (7-5) square off against Ohio in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise. The extension keeps Andersen under contract through 2017 and with incentives gives the third-year coach the chance to earn up to $565,000 annually. He also received a one-year extension last year. Utah State started the season 2-5, then ripped off six straight victories to finish second in the Western Athletic Conference and earn an invitation to play in the postseason for the first time since the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl. Athletic director Scott Barnes says Andersen deserves credit for setting a new tone for the program.

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