Hall pre­pares to make his de­but for Beavers

In­terim coach hopes to im­prove squad

The Arizona Republic - - Azcentral Sports - ANNE M. PETER­SON

When Gary An­der­sen abruptly left Ore­gon State ear­lier this week, he of­fered some ad­vice to his in­terim suc­ces­sor.

“Be your­self,” An­der­sen told Beavers cor­ner­backs coach Cory Hall.

And with that, Hall took over at Ore­gon State. The 40-year-old for­mer as­sis­tant will make his head coach­ing de­but on Satur­day when the Beavers (1-5, 0-3) host Colorado (3-3, 0-3) at Reser Sta­dium.

“Just ‘Be your­self,’ that’s ex­actly what he told me,” Hall said. “’Be your­self and ev­ery­thing else will take care of it­self.’ He left me in good hands, he re­ally did, and I have a lot to thank him for.”

Ore­gon State an­nounced Mon­day that the univer­sity and An­der­sen had agreed to part ways af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing first half of the sea­son. The Beavers did not have a vic­tory over an FBS-level op­po­nent.

An­der­sen and the school “agreed to re­lease each other from all fu­ture con­tract obli­ga­tions and pay­ments.” An­der­sen’s con­tract had been ex­tended af­ter last sea­son and ran through the 2021 sea­son.

He was due to make $2.65 million this sea­son and had he been fired with­out cause he would have been due about $12 million.

“Af­ter many dis­cus­sions with Scott (Barnes, ath­letic di­rec­tor), 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 in a state­ment re­leased by the univer­sity.

Hall em­pha­sized fam­ily in his first ad­dress to the team as head coach.

“We’re a fam­ily. We are one big fam­ily and we’re go­ing to stay tight no mat­ter what hap­pens,” Hall said he told the Beavers. “We’re go­ing to be com­pet­i­tive. We’re go­ing to do this for coach An­der­sen. We’re go­ing to do this for each other.”

In the wake of An­der­sen’s un­ex­pected de­par­ture, The Ore­go­nian news­pa­per re­ported that he had be­come in­creas­ingly frus­trated as the sea­son wore on. In a se­ries of text mes­sages to colum­nist John Can­zano , An­der­sen tar­geted his coach­ing staff be­fore ul­ti­mately tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity him­self.

“Riot act has been read to this staff. We shall see what takes place. I have got to see bet­ter football re­gard­less of who we are play­ing!!” he texted on Sept. 24.

On Oct. 1 he seemed re­signed to what he was fac­ing this sea­son: “My plan won’t change. Coach my (ex­ple­tive) off for these kids seven more times!! They will get all I got!! … I will grind for these fans they de­serve that!!!” he texted.

Later that week, the Beavers fell to USC 38-10 in Los An­ge­les. On Sun­day night, An­der­sen and Barnes de­cided it was time to move on, Barnes said.

An­der­sen was in his third sea­son with the Beavers and the team ap­peared to be slid­ing back­ward af­ter show­ing some progress in win­ning four games last year, in­clud­ing a vic­tory against ri­val Ore­gon that snapped an eight-game los­ing streak in the Civil War se­ries for the Beavers. He fin­ished 7-23 at Ore­gon State.

Barnes said a na­tional search for a per­ma­nent head coach will start im­me­di­ately.

Hall is a na­tive of Bak­ers­field, Cal­i­for­nia, and he played de­fen­sive back for Fresno State from 1995-98 be­fore a sixyear ca­reer in the NFL play­ing for the Ben­gals and the Fal­cons.

He was a grad­u­ate as­sis­tant on de­fense for Wis­con­sin in 2014 un­der An­der­sen then went to We­ber State as sec­ondary coach for 2015.

He re­joined An­der­sen at Ore­gon State last sea­son.

“I’ve been thrust into a role and I’m kind of learn­ing on the fly,” Hall said. “But at the end of the day it’s football, it’s coach­ing.”


Ore­gon State in­terim football coach Cory Hall speaks at a news con­fer­ence Mon­day in Corvallis, Ore.

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