Randy Spetman Announces That Mick Dennehy Will No Longer Coach At The End Of The Season
Nov. 8, 2004
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State University director of athletics Randy Spetman has announced that head football coach Mick Dennehy will no longer serve as the Aggies' head coach effective at the end of the season. USU has two games remaining including a Thursday night game at Arkansas State this week and the home finale against New Mexico State on Nov. 20.
Dennehy is in his fifth season at Utah State, where he has compiled an 18-36 record, including a 2-7 mark so far this year. USU was 5-6 in his first season in 2000 before posting back-to-back 4-7 marks in 2001 and 2002 and a 3-9 record in 2003.
The 54-year old coach has one more year remaining on his contract extension which was made after the 2001 season. That contract will be honored by the University.
"While we haven't had the winning success that we have hoped for, I am very appreciative of the dedication from Mick and his family to the program, including in the areas of academics and the welfare of our student-athletes," Spetman said.
Dennehy has been a college head coach for 12 years with stints at Western Montana from 1988-90, Montana from 1996-99 and Utah State from 2000-2004. He was 10-13 at Western Montana, 39-12 at Montana and 18-36 at Utah State.
Dennehy took over an USU program which had gone 3-8 and 4-7 in two years under Dave Arslanian. In his first year he went 5-6, including a 4-1 record in the Big West Conference as the Aggies finished second in the league behind Boise State.
In three years of conference play under his direction (the Aggies were independent in 2001 and 2002), USU has been 8-9, including a 6-2 home mark and a 2-7 road record.
USU played eight games against nationally-ranked teams in the last four seasons. Under his guidance USU produced four of the top 11 total offense games in school history as well as four of the top six passing games in USU history. However, this year the Aggies are averaging just 280.33 yards per game to rank 112th in the nation, while the defense is allowing 397.78 yards per game to rank 77th nationally.
Dennehy was named the Aggies head coach on Dec. 3, 1999 becoming the 24th coach in the 113 years of USU football. His five seasons at USU are tied for the sixth most in school history, while his 18 wins are tied for ninth.
USU's staff includes Lance Anderson (linebackers), Jeff Choate (special teams/safeties), Bob Cole (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks), Jeff Hoover (offensive line), David Kotulski (defensive coordinators/linebackers), Mike Lynch (tight ends), Tom McMahon (defensive line), John Rushing (secondary), Chris Tabor (assistant head coach/wide receivers), and graduate assistants Brian Armstrong (offensive line) and John Roberts (running backs).
Utah State Head Football Coach Mick Dennehy Statement
"(Utah State director of athletics) Randy Spetman has an incredibly tough job with his biggest priority being the building of facilities. I completely understand his decision and only wish that I could have done more to help him with this major undertaking.
"Sheila and I have thoroughly enjoyed our relationship with Utah State University and the people of Cache Valley. Coming to work every day was a pleasure because of the quality of the people we had an opportunity to work with. I would especially like to thank the coaches and the players for all of their effort.
"For the many records we set on the field and the tremendous amount of improvement the kids have made academically and off the field, we struggled in the bottom line and wins and losses are important. In the end, we didn't win enough.
"I would like to wish Utah State University the best in the future."
Mick Dennehy Year-By-Year As Head Coach
Year School All Games Pct. Conf. Pct. Notes
1988 West. Montana 1-6 .143 1-5/5th .167 Revived Program 1989 West. Montana 4-4 .500 2-4/4th .333 1990 West. Montana 5-3 .625 3-3/3rd .500 1996 Montana 14-1 .933 8-0/1st 1.000 Nat'l Runners-up 1997 Montana 8-4 .667 6-2/2nd .750 0-1 in playoffs 1998 Montana 8-4 .667 6-2/1st .750 Big Sky Champ. 1999 Montana 9-3 .750 7-1/1st .875 Big Sky Champ. 2000 Utah State 5-6 .455 4-1/2nd .800 1 win from bowl 2001 Utah State 4-7 .364 N/A N/A Played 4 top 25 2002 Utah State 4-7 .364 N/A N/A 4 '01 bowl opp. 2003 Utah State 3-9 .250 3-4/t4th .429 1st yr. in Sun Belt 2004 Utah State 2-7 .222 1-4 .200 Only 4 at home Western Montana (3 yrs.) 10-13 .435 6-12 .333 Revived Program Montana (4 years) 39-12 .765 27-5 .844 Four playoffs Utah State (5 years) 18-36 .333 8-9 .471 50th career win Totals (12 years) 67-61 .523 41-26 .612 3-4 in playoffs
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