Why Gary Andersen left Oregon State and left $12 million on the table

Gary Andersen is out as Oregon State’s head football coach, and in an unusual way. The school announced Andersen’s resignation on Monday, and it came with a twist: Andersen is freeing the school from all of its financial obligations to him.

OSU was reportedly on the hook for about $12 million to Anderson through 2021, and the coach is leaving every cent of that on the table. Athletic director Scott Barnes calls it an “unprecedented” sacrifice on Andersen’s part. Steve Spurrier walked away from coaching at South Carolina almost exactly two years ago and didn’t collect a $3 million buyout that the Gamecocks would’ve had to pay to fire him, which was similar.

Andersen is 53 and probably not done coaching altogether. Spurrier was 70 when he retired from coaching, and he gave up a lot less money.

Andersen appears to have left out of principle, not something else.

To think something else is at play here is a natural impulse. Letting your employer keep almost $13 million out of goodness of heart or purity of spirit is not something most people would do. I definitely wouldn’t. And there’s always the possibility that more news surfaces in the weeks and months to come, changing how this story looks.

But for the moment,

Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2017/10/9/16450356/gary-andersen-oregon-state-resigned

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