A strange season is coming to an end with the Civil War game at the University of Oregon on Saturday.

Former Oregon State coach Gary Andersen suddenly left the program midway through the season and cornerbacks coach Cory Hall stepped in on an interim basis.

The staff stayed, but those coaches have been in limbo for the past six weeks.

They've had no idea whether there would still be jobs for them at OSU after the Civil War or if they'll be picking up and moving.

"There's a lot of question marks on what the future holds for me," OSU defensive line and outside linebackers coach Chad Kauha'aha'a said. "It's a tough situation to be in. We didn't get fired but we don't have jobs. That's not necessarily true. We have jobs, but it sucks not knowing that you might not have an opportunity to get a job next year anywhere.

"So it is frustrating being in this situation, but when you coach college football you kind of know what you signed up for in regards to the turnover of coaches. Is it a stressful time? Yeah, it is. For my family, again, there's a lot of uncertainty."

The coaches stressed that they have had the players' best interests in mind since Andersen moved on.

They have focused on their coaching duties the best they can under the circumstances.

"Definitely unprecendented, but at the same time, just trying compartmentalizing it in that it's not affecting us today," OSU defensive coordinator Kevin Clune said. "So none of that stuff has any impact on what we're doing today, what we're doing tomorrow.

"After the season I can think about all the things that went on, but it doesn't change what we've got to get done (now)."

Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach T.J. Woods said it hasn't changed the assistant coaches' mindset and that it's all about the players.

"So I think right now it's just business as usual and we're trying to make sure we do our jobs to the best of our ability and give these kids every chance to go out there and have some success," Wood said.

"I think at the end of the season that will be time for reflecting and for thinking about the future and those type of things. But as far as right now, it's really just about Oregon and the Ducks and the Civil War and about going out there and trying to win a ballgame in our last chance to do so."

Most of the coaches are used to bouncing from one school to another.

It's a common theme for staff members. A coach leaves or is fired and the staff disperses.

Kauha'aha'a went from Weber State to Utah State to Utah to Wisconsin to OSU.

Woods has been to New Mexico, Utah State and Wisconsin. Clune went from Occidental College to Utah, Southern Utah, Weber State, Utah State, Hawaii, back to Utah State and then Corvallis.

Woods said it's just part of the business.

"I think so. At least for me. I can't speak for the other coaches, but my wife and I, we knew what we got into," he said. "It's part of the business and it is a business and that's part of the deal. Nobody twisted our arm and said we had to do this. We accepted it and we embraced it and that's just part of it."

Some, maybe all, will be leaving OSU soon.

That doesn't mean they embrace the idea of packing up again. Kauha'aha'a and Clune both said they'd like to stay in Corvallis.

"My number one goal is finishing the right way and doing my best to be retained here," Kauha'aha'a said. "I want to be at Oregon State. It's not like I didn't want to be. There's opportunities that came up in the last two years that I was here but I chose to stay. Obviously, one was because of coach Andersen. But number two is, this is a great place to live. It's an awesome university, it's safe, it's clean. It's not a big city, there's not a lot of hustle and bustle. So it's a really good place to live.

"So I'm hoping I can get a chance to get retained. If not, you move on, you move forward and try to find another job."

Clune said he wants to watch the players he's worked with continue to develop.

"You've put in a lot of time with these kids and maybe things weren't ideal this year, but you want to keep seeing them improve and keep working with them," he said. "But whatever the future brings is what it brings and you've just got to be ready."

Kauha'aha'a said they have not been told the timetable in bringing in a coach, but he will be ready for any decision.

"As soon as I find out my fate here, then you start reaching out," he said. "The number one goal is getting retained here and after that then you start reaching out. So for us as assistant coaches here at Oregon State, the best thing that would help us out would be they put a head coach in place sooner rather than later."


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