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Utah State's Stew Morrill coaching 500th game with Aggies

Published November 26, 2013 10:01 am

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Logan • Stew Morrill called up an old friend recently to congratulate him.

Robin Selvig, the women's basketball coach at Montana, had won his 800th game. Morrill, who got to know him during his own tenure at Montana, said he wasn't even sure if he had coached in 800 games.

Morrill apparently doesn't look at his own record much: He's coached 855, and 499 of those at Utah State.

Tuesday's game at the Dee Events Center facing Weber State will be Morrill's 500th game as the Aggies' coach, a title he's proud to still have. But Morrill acknowledged Monday that part of him still has a hard time believing he's been coaching that long.

"Time goes fast when you're having fun," he said. "Life goes fast. Things come up, not just basketball, that [wife] Vicki and I shake our heads at with how fast time flies. It seems like our kids were little just the other day, and now we have grandkids and all of that."

On the court, Morrill is still having fun - or at least his team is. The Aggies are 4-0 entering the game, looking to win their first five games for the first time since 2008.

Morrill's 370-129 record with Utah State includes a 91.2 percent success rate at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. For his Division I coaching career, Morrill has won 588 games, 14th among active coaches, and the 19th best winning percentage at a 68.8 percent clip.

Even though Morrill is the winningest coach in Aggies history, he spoke Monday as if the school was doing him a favor.

"That's what hits me, is how fast the time goes and how fortunate I've been to coach this long, in a tough business. I'm very appreciative and very fortunate to be coaching at Utah State. Hopefully they'll put up with me a little longer, we'll see.

Kyle Goonkgoon@sltrib.comTwitter: @kylegoon