Andy Ludwing Left Utah, Should I Be Smiling?

JeremySenior Writer IDecember 18, 2008

In shocking news on Wednesday Utah offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig announced that he's leaving Utah to take the same position at Kansas State, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

This is a shocking development somewhat, because Ludwig has had some success. The team averaged nearly 40 points per game this year and the school has won four straight bowl game wins in his tenure.

I think Ludwig out thought himself or the other coach when calling the plays, such as the fumbleruski against TCU this year.

There were times when he was stale and would not adjust the offense when either Brett Ratliff or Tommy Grady played.

The only real beef with Ludwig is that he brought in Grady, who was at Oklahoma and transferred because of playing time.  Grady was the worst fit for the Utes, he was a drop back passer with very little if any mobility. In my opinion Ludwig went after Grady because he was at Oklahoma and thought he would be fine for Utah.

The decision for Ludwig to go stems from not being appreciated from most fans who despised him. Another could be because after last season he was the only coach on the Utah staff to not receive a pay raise.

There is no doubt that the move to Kansas State to take the same position will result in a higher salary. And potentially a better head coaching job if he is able to help put Kansas State back near the top of the Big XII.

He will most likely have the same success that he had at Oregon and Utah. He will be fairly successful but there will frustration in understanding his play calling.

Ludwig will stay on to coach in the Sugar Bowl. This is a plus because keeping the same coaches in place will keep the Utes in the same groove they have been in all season.

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