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Blake Anderson hired by Utah State

The former head coach of the Arkansas State Red Wolves leaves for Logan and a rebuild.

Head coach Blake Anderson of the Arkansas State Red Wolves looks on, during the second half against the Kansas State Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on September 12, 2020 in Manhattan, Kansas. Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

The Utah State Aggies made it official and hired former Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson as their new head football coach on Saturday evening.

“On behalf of Aggie nation, I am thrilled to announce Blake Anderson as our new head football coach,” said athletic director John Hartwell. “I have watched his Arkansas State teams over the past seven years, first when I was at Troy and then here at USU, and I am excited for our fans to witness first-hand his high-octane offense and championship brand of football.

Anderson comes Logan after seven years at A-State, where the Red Wolves had six-consecutive winning seasons and bowl game appearances from 2014-19. Anderson won the Sun Belt Conference in both 2015 and 2016.

The Aggies were 1-5 in 2020, with four of the five losses coming by four scores or more. The team canceled their game against Colorado State scheduled for Saturday because of a player protest regarding comments from university president Noelle Cockett made about interim coach Frank Maile. Maile is a Utah State graduate of Polynesian descent and a Mormon that has coached at the school since 2009. Smoothing things over with a very upset locker room will be Anderson’s first order of business.