Reports: Gary Andersen may be headed back to Utah State

SALT LAKE CITY — Gary Andersen could be headed back to Utah State. Pete Thamel, the national college football writer for Yahoo Sports, sent out a tweet Friday night noting the possibility that Utah’s associate head coach could be headed back to Logan.

Sources tell @YahooSports that the Utah State football search is shutting down and interviews have been cancelled. Signs point to former Utah State coach Gary Andersen as top target.

— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 8, 2018

Bruce Feldman of The Athletic also commented on the situation via Twitter.

Looks like donor pressure may push former #OregonState HC Gary Andersen back into the head coaching job at #UtahState. The school shut down its search. This one has gotten really messy there.

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 8, 2018

Attempts to reach Andersen about the social media reports were not immediately successful. USU is looking to fill a vacancy created by the departure of Matt Wells to Texas Tech.

Andersen returned to Utah, his alma mater, in January after head coaching stints at Utah State (2009-12), Wisconsin (2013-14) and Oregon State (2015-17). He played at Utah from 1985-88 and served as an assistant for the Utes in previous stints from 1997-2002 and 2004-08.

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Bizarre play sees Knights score twice but only first goal counts

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Thunderbirds earn healthy win in Tri-City

What a difference having a full roster makes. For the first time all season, the Seattle Thunderbirds had a healthy lineup as they took on the Tri-City Americans in Kennewick.

Seattle took advantage, controlled the play Saturday night, while throwing 43 shots at Americans goalie Beck Warm. In one of the most complete games they’ve played all year, the Thunderbirds skated out of the Toyota Center with a 4-1 win over the Americans.

“Really good game from start to finish,” Seattle head coach Matt O’Dette said after. “I thought we controlled the play for the most part. It’s obviously nice to have the lineup back to full strength. (Jarret) Tyszka was a big factor, he played well tonight.”

Seattle (10-13-3-0) picked up goals from four different scores as rookie goaltender Cole Schwebius kicked out 21 shots to pick up his first WHL victory. Defenseman Jarret Tyszka was back for his first game of the season and was joined by Reece Harsch and forward Payton Mount and the additions were noticeable.

O’Dette paired Harsch and Tyszka on his top defensive pairing. It would be the first time all season that the Thunderbirds had a veteran defensive pairing on the ice.

“First of all Tyszka with his skating ability and puck moving ability, he can transfer the puck out of our end smoothly which can save us a lot time in there,” O’Dette said. “It slots the other guys down to where they can have favorable match ups and puts them in opportunities where they can have success.”

Seattle was able to ice a balanced attack and had the Americans on their heels all evening. That attack started early and came from the Thunderbirds top line, which was a beast throughout the game.

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High school boys basketball: Bingham holds off Olympus for Utah Elite 8 semifinal win

AMERICAN FORK — A night after overcoming a seven-point deficit in the final 20 seconds and then winning in overtime, Bingham nearly gave a similar win to Olympus in the semifinals of the Utah Elite 8 on Friday night.

Down nine with under two minutes remaining, Olympus whittled Bingham’s lead to two and had a 3-point attempt in the final seconds to win it but the baseline jumper rattled off the rim and Bingham hung on for a 61-57 victory.

“I’m proud of my guys. We find ways to win games and we almost found a way to lose it tonight,” said Bingham coach Jake Schroeder.

Bingham advances to the championship game of the Utah Elite 8 against American Fork on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Luke Tueller led Bingham with 15 points while Myles Youngblood added 14 as Bingham improved to 4-0 on the season.

Bingham shot 44 percent while Olympus struggled from the field shooting just 26 percent.

It was a scrappy win for the Miners, but it’s the type of game Schroeder said his team might see a lot of this year.

“I think that’s how we’re going to have to play this year and I think maybe we caught Rylan (Jones) and even Jeremy Dowdell on a good night. They play a lot of minutes, they’re expected to do a lot for their teams. I like to think some of our pressure and some of the things we did affected that,” said Schroeder.

Jones still led all scorers with 27 points while Dowdell added 19, but they were a combined 11 of 36 from the field and just 4 of 19 from 3-point range.

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