Stew stays home

And Logan exhales with a deep sigh of relief.

After getting flirted with by Washington State, Stew Morrill has decided he will be an Aggie again next season when he coaches Utah State for his 12th season at the school.

WSU was more than the typical suitor for Morrill. In addition to offering a hefty paycheck and playing in the rugged Pac-10, the Cougars are an out-of-the-way program much like Utah State is. Morrill would be able to enjoy the relative sanctuary of being out of a harsh media spotlight where he could do his thing without the pressures that come from some of the other coaching vacancies he has been associated with over the past several years.

One thing about Morrill is he enjoys his comfort zone. He does things his way and that way has been hugely successful over the past 10 years at Utah State.

Moving to a new job, while not unusual even for Morrill, would have required a significant amount of risk and, other than financial, not a big guarantee of reward.

Staying in Logan, where he will have four starters returning to a team that lost just five times with those 30 wins, was not a huge shocker for those who know Morrill.

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