Matt Wells is happy in Logan, but will hear other offers that come

Utah State coach Matt Wells gives his approval after his team scored against Northern Illinois during the first half of the Poinsettia Bowl NCAA college football game Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

LOGAN – College football’s coaching changes have started. In just the last few weeks changes have been made at multiple universities. Will Muschamp was fired at Florida and Colorado State’s Jim McElwain was hired to fill his spot. Nebraska’s Bo Pelini was dismissed and replaced by Oregon State’s Mike Riley. It’s happened at other places too. At least seven other Division I programs will have new head coaches by the start of the 2015 season. Aggie fans experienced it just two years ago when head coach Gary Andersen left for Wisconsin. Some are hoping it won’t happen again soon.

With all the current coaching changes it is likely Utah State head coach Matt Wells has been on the radar of at least a few teams. He is one of the youngest head coaches in Division I and has continued the winning tradition started by Andersen. Wells said he has turned down other jobs since arriving at Utah State, but wouldn’t say whether or not he had been contacted by other programs recently. One thing he did say is that he is very happy to be at USU.

“I work for the best AD and President combo in Utah State history,” he said. “These guys have been awesome to me, my staff and our families for us to be here. I’m alumni and this is where I want to be.”

Wells has a lot of reasons to stay with the Aggies. He’s been at the school both as a coach and a player. He played quarterback for USU in the mid-90s and led the team to a share of the Big West Conference title in 1996. He graduated from USU that same year. He came back to USU in 2011 as an assistant coach and said returning to Logan was the best move he’s ever made.

Even though Wells has been around a while, that doesn’t mean he won’t hear people out when they contact him. If he keeps building a winning program he will most likely receive more job offers.

“People know me to be straight-up and to be honest and to say, ‘You know what, I’m going to listen,’ and if it’s better for me and my family, then the process may continue past more than one phone call,” he said. “I’m very, very happy at Utah State. It’s going to take something very, very special for me to leave here.”

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