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Statement From Maile Surfaces

If the last three days have not been crazy enough for fans of the Utah State football program, buckle up because it could be an even wilder ride.While Aggie athletes and the administration at USU have not said anything publicly about what exactly took place during a Zoom meeting last week, interim head coach Frank Maile has broken that silence — sort of. Maile was not part of that call that included the USU President Noelle Cockett, Director of Athletics John Hartwell and the football team’s leadership council, which discussed Maile’s candidacy for the permanent head coaching job.

What came out of that meeting did not sit well with the team’s leadership council and the whole team as they were informed. The team practiced through Thursday in preparation for the season finale at Colorado State. However, Friday afternoon the game was called off as the Aggie players had taken a vote to not play as they questioned that Maile was not considered for the position because of his “religious and cultural background.” Read the rest of the story on

This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.