Football Offensive Coordinator Mike Santiago Resigned His Position Monday
Sept. 25, 2006
Santiago, who was in his second year as the offensive coordinator at Utah State, has overseen an offense which ranks last in the country in both total offense (179.50 yards per game) and scoring (1.75 points per game).
In fact, the Aggie offense has not scored in four games as the lone USU points in four contests was on an interception return in the season opener at Wyoming. USU also ranks 105th in rushing offense (86.00) and 116th in passing offense (93.50) among the nation's 119 division I programs.
"Due to philosophical differences I am resigning as the offensive coordinator of the Utah State University football team," Santiago said. "I would like to take this time to say how much I respect the work, leadership and especially the friendship of (USU athletics director) Colonel Randy Spetman. I wish the student-athletes all the best in their futures here at Utah State and beyond."
"We wish Mike and his family the best in the future," Guy said. "This is a tough situation for all parties involved
Current wide receivers coach Greg Stevens will take over as interim offensive coordinator. The 37-year old Stevens was the offensive coordinator at Stephen F. Austin for three seasons (2002-04) under Santiago before the pair came to USU ahead of the 2005 season.
Stevens grew up in Ephraim, Utah before graduating from Manti High School. He played quarterback at Snow Junior College in 1988 and 1989, earning all-conference honors in 1989, before finishing his career at Eastern Oregon.
Stevens was also the offensive coordinator at Eastern Arizona from 1995-97 and Arkansas-Monticello from 1999-2001.
"Greg Stevens has been a coordinator and has coached quarterbacks before," Guy said. "He is in this position on an interim basis and we will evaluate the entire staff at the end of the year."
Santiago came to USU in 2005 after spending six years as the head coach at Stephen F. Austin where he compiled a 39-27 record.
The USU offense averaged 317.0 yards in 2005 to rank 98th nationally and last in the Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies returned 15 letterwinners, including seven starters from that group this season.
The Aggies, 0-4 on the season, will open up Western Athletic Conference play this week hosting Idaho on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 1:05 p.m.