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One day after telling The Salt Lake Tribune that football coach Matt Wells will return next season, a letter of support from Utah State athletic director John Hartwell was sent to Aggie fans and posted on the school’s web site. …

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  • (Al Hartmann |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah State University introduced John Hartwell as its new vice president and director of athletics at the Wayne Estes Center Wednesday June 3, 2015, in Logan. He will begin his duties in mid-July. Utah State football: Changes coming, but AD says Matt Wells remains coach
    Logan • Utah State athletic director John Hartwell has met with football coach Matt Wells “multiple times over the last several weeks” to examine, dis...
    Updated Nov 30 2016 08:09 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah State University nose guard Travis Seefeldt answers questions during media day in Logan, Utah, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. Aggies’ Travis Seefeldt named to all-Mountain West second team
    Utah State defensive lineman Travis Seefeldt was named to the All-Mountain West Conference second team, it was announced Tuesday. Seefeldt, a senior f...
    Updated Nov 29 2016 04:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU basketball coach Dave Rose, as BYU faces Weber State, NCAA basketball at Vivant Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Saturday December 5, 2015. BYU, Utah State need a bounce-back win in rivalry game
    In the century-old basketball rivalry between BYU and Utah State, rarely have both needed a win more urgently than they do Wednesday night at Vivint S...
    Updated Nov 29 2016 10:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah State Aggies head coach Matt Wells has a few words with Utah State Aggies linebacker Brock Carmen (20) after he was called for a personal foul, in football action, BYU vs Utah State, at Lavell Edwards Stadium in Provo,  Saturday, November 26, 2016. Utah State football: Loss to BYU mirrored disappointing season for Aggies
    Logan • Utah State safety Dallin Leavitt heard the question, leaned back in his chair, looked at the ceiling and took a deep breath late Saturday nigh...
    Updated Nov 30 2016 08:09 pm   |     |   Share


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    Provo • Costly penalties and turnovers have hurt Utah State throughout its 2016 season. The trend continued in the finale on Saturday night against BY...
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Boise State Broncos QB Brett Rypien (4) is chased out of the pocket and later sacked by Utah State Aggies DE Ricky Ali’ifua (95) during first quarter play. Rypien fumbled, Utah State recovered and later scored a TD to go up 17-3. Utah State led Boise State 17-3 after one quarter of play, Friday, October 15, 2015. Utah State football: USU’s last remaining goal? Upset rival BYU
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah State Aggies defensive end Ricky Ali’ifua (95) and his teammates before the game at Maverik Stadium Thursday September 1, 2016. Utah State football: Aggies promise emotional effort at BYU
    Logan • It’s going to be an emotional week at Utah State, especially for seniors like defensive end Ricky Ali’ifua. The Aggies play long-time rival BY...
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  • Utah State’s Koby McEwen shoots over Idaho State’s Balint Mocsan during an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Logan, Utah. (John Zsiray/Herald Journal via AP) Utah State basketball: Unbeaten Aggies anxious to test themselves vs. Purdue
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