Keeton’s return to USU uncertain

Chuckie Keeton

LOGAN – There are many reasons Aggie fans love Chuckie Keeton. Rumors of his return as a member of the coaching staff were encouraging to fans, but it’s still unclear what role he would have and whether or not he is returning at all.

The former quarterback’s 65.4 completion percent ranks first all time at Utah State, his 58 touchdown passes ranks second and his 7,621 yards of total offense and 6,387 passing yards rank third. As a sophomore he passed for 3,373 and 27 touchdowns to lead USU to a No. 16 ranking and a WAC championship in 2012.

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The attention he brought to the university through the wins and his positive attitude despite multiple injuries only helped solidify his position as a fan favorite. So when Keeton, who was coaching under former USU head coach Gary Andersen at Oregon State, announced on social media that he would be returning to USU, it was met with enthusiasm.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” xml:lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Excited go get back to where the wild ride began! <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#AggieNation</a> I’m back! <a href=””></a>

— Chuckie Keeton (@CoachKeeton) <a href=””>January 18, 2018</a></blockquote>

The athletic department has officially announced other coaching changes since, but has been hush on the return of Keeton. When head coach Matt Wells was asked about Keeton’s possible return on KVNU’s Full Court Press program Wednesday night, Wells declined to say that Keeton would be back.

“He’s paid a visit,” Wells said. “I love Chuckie to death. He potentially could be (returning to USU), but I just don’t have any official announcements right now. I’m going to leave it at that.”

Utah State has hired two new assistant coaches during the offseason. Keith Patterson was hired to replace Kendrick Shaver as defensive coordinator and safeties coach, while Uani `Unga was hired as the new 10th assistant.

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