Oregon State and coach Gary Andersen have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately.
The announcement was made on Monday, two days after the Beavers lost 38-10 at Southern California to drop to 1-5 on the season. Oregon State does not have a victory against an FBS team this season, and has lost its past four games by a combined score of 180-54.
Assistant Cory Hall will take over as interim coach.
Andersen’s contract ran through the 2021 season, but in a press release the school said the sides “agreed to release each other from all future contract obligations and payments.”
Andersen was 7-23 in two-plus seasons as Oregon State’s head coach.
“After many discussions with (athletic director) Scott (Barnes), waiving my contract is the correct decision and enables the young men and the program to move forward and concentrate on the rest of the season,” Andersen said in the release from the school. “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 had signed a contract extension in January that was set to pay him $2.65 million this season, and he would have picked up a $100,000 raise through each remaining year of the deal.
“This is an exceptionally difficult time for me, personally and professionally,” Barnes said. “I have known Gary for many years and respect him highly as a person, my friend, a head football coach and an incredible leader of young men. The timing of this is very difficult; however it is the best for all involved.”
Andersen surprised many when he left Wisconsin for Oregon State following the 2014 season. He compiled a 19-7 record in two seasons with the Badgers after being hired following Bret Bielema’s departure for Arkansas.