Former Utah State coach Gary Andersen reportedly turned down millions of dollars in buyout money after being fired.
According to the Desert News, Andersen refused to accept $2.7 million in buyout money from the Aggies after he was fired this past season. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
To make the situation crazier, this reportedly isn’t the first time Andersen has pulled this move. When he left Oregon State, he willingly left $12.6 million sitting on the table.
For those of you keeping track at home, that means Andersen has refused to accept $15.3 million in buyout money.
I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of a situation like this in college football. I’ve heard of college coaches taking cuts to their buyouts, but turning one down is unheard of.
It’s not like he walked away from $5,000 in severance. To date, Andersen has reportedly walked away from north of $15 million in buyout money.
SEC coaches are probably physically ill at the idea of leaving buyout money in the accounts of boosters and schools.
USC has paid former Gamecock football coach Will Muschamp $12.9M under a settlement. Originally, Muschamp was due $15.3M thru Dec. 31, 2024 but the settlement agreement has saved USC around $2.4M. @wachfox
— Mike Uva (@Mike_Uva) January 23, 2021
I guess whatever floats his boat and works for him is his right to do, but I can promise you that 99.99% of people wouldn’t refuse to be paid $15 million to not work.
That’s the dream in America.
Let us know in the comments if you’d ever walk away from millions of dollars owed to you.