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Gary Andersen out as OSU head football coach

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Oregon State University and its head football coach Gary Andersen have agreed to “mutually part” ways effective immediately, the school reported Monday.

Andersen was only in his third season with the program after taking over when Mike Riley headed to Nebraska.

"I thank Gary for his many contributions to our student-athletes, OSU Athletics and Oregon State University," OSU Athletic Director Scott Barnes said. "OSU football has advanced significantly in many ways during Gary's tenure here, including in our facilities and student-athlete academic performance. This program is poised for success on and off the field."

Andersen’s contract was set to run through 2021 following an extension added last December, but both sides said they released each other from any obligations and payments.

"After many discussions with Scott, waiving my contract is the correct decision and enables the young men and the program to move forward and concentrate on the rest of this season," Andersen said. "Coaching is not about the mighty dollar. It is about teaching and putting young men in a position to succeed on and off the field. Success comes when all parties involved are moving in the same direction."

Andersen leaving this way means he is waiving more than $12 million the university would have owed him under his deal.

"Coach Andersen's decision to waive his remaining compensation is unprecedented in major college athletics," Barnes added. "His decision is made for the right reasons and values, and it speaks volumes about the kind of honorable person that Gary Andersen is."

The Beavers currently have a 1-5 record for the season with no wins in Pac-12 Conference play. Overall, Andersen has a 7-23 record with the team.

Andersen and the school reached the agreement to part Sunday night, and the coach told the team Monday morning. For the young men he led who believed in what Andersen was building, like OSU junior running back Ryan Nall, his loss is crushing.

"If he would have quit, it wouldn’t have been what we had today. We would have seen something else differently," Nall said. "He wouldn’t have been as emotional. It wouldn’t have been as bad as it was today, so he did not quit on us."

Assistant coach Cory Hall will take over the Beavers top spot for the rest of the season, officials in the athletic department said. Hall joined the coaching staff in 2016 following stints at Washington State, Weber State and Wisconsin. He also spent 6 years in the NFL, playing for the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals.

Hall will lead a staff hired by Andersen but who seemed to be at odds with the head coach at times. The interim top man in Corvallis said he is ready to tackle the tough days ahead.

"I am a player for the players. I’ve gone through a transition like this before," he said. "We are going to go out we are going to celebrate Coach Andersen and we’re going to have fun and we’re going to compete."

Barnes said a national search for a new head coach would start immediately, with a search firm identifying and reviewing candidates and he and University President Ed Ray making the final decision.

Barnes and Hall held a news conference Monday afternoon to address Andersen's departure. 

Hall and the Beavers will be home in Corvallis Saturday for their next game, a Pac-12 conference matchup against Colorado. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

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