BYU football: Robert Anae to take job with Arizona, Brandon Doman offered spot


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  • fanfair44 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 3:51 p.m.

    Thanks Coach Anae for some great Y football! I wish you luck in Arizona where I will be cheering your touchdowns.

  • fender Washington, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 11:41 a.m.

    CordonBleu and Truth Machine

    Every major poll in '84 did not agree that BYU was number one. AP was the most powerful and its protocol had always been to primarily reward wins and losses. On that basis BYU rose to number one by season's end and national pundits screamed bloody murder. Bryant Gumbel called it a "disgrace". The debate then became would voters retreat from protocol, because of BYU's weak schedule, and vote for Florida, Nebraska or Washington.

    Much to BYU's relief, that didn't happen. However, many equally reputable polls including Football News, Sporting News, New York Times, Devold, Dunkel, FACT, NCF, Billingsley, Matthews, Berryman, Litkenhous and Sagarin (first to do real analysis) refused to go along and voted one of the others number one.

    BYU's win made the little guys relevant, so in '92 the Bowl Coalition was formed to specifically prevent teams with a weak SOS (read non-major) from winning. Both Bosco and Edwards have said it would never have happened with the current system.

    Was it legit? Absolutely, but under an outdated and flawed system. It simply can't be compared with today's championships.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 10:55 p.m.


    "its also the same talent that has led Utah #4 and #2 finishes"

    Sorry, that talent is long gone. Alex Smith is a bust in the NFL and Brian Johnson is already coaching at the U because he wasn't good enough to play in the NFL.

    Max Hall is long gone from BYU, and Jake Heaps had already passed Wynn and Cain by the end of his Freshman year.

    Utah doesn't have a QB who could even play backup to Jake Heaps next year.

    Reality is going to set in on Uteville in that first road game at USC.

    BYU has 3 Top 15 finishes in the last five years. That's as many Top 15 finishes as Utah has in their entire history.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Jan. 4, 2011 5:55 p.m.

    @Pavalova and PAC man

    Yes, but its also the same talent that has led Utah #4 and #2 finishes. The same talent that in the last 3 years is 33-6 with FIVE loses to top 12 teams.

    I never said Utah won't struggle, they will and in fact I think Utah is looking at a 8-4 season. But they will be able to compete, noway are they Washington State.

    What has your talent done over the same period? Please enlighten us. Four 10 win seasons? Yes, but you're also 1-7 vs ranked teams in 3 years, Bronco has won only 2 ranked teams, with no top 10 finishes since 1996.

    Your talent used to beat the living daylights out of Utah, now you can barley beat Utah with "experienced teams".

    Your talent used to be guys like Steve Young and now you have Max Hall (3rd String).

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    I still think losing Anae is going to hurt BYU, and the amount of hurt just got compounded. Doman is simply not an upgrade at OC, while losing Anae will hurt with player recruiting.

    Seriously, Coach Mendonhall is fumbling with his coaching staff as badly as he handled the QB situation this fall.

  • Max Syracuse, NY
    Jan. 4, 2011 5:35 p.m.

    I guess I will weigh in on this nonsensical debate (if any of it made sense then it wouldn't be half as fun). However, as a BYU grad (who was at BYU in 1984) I will have to admit that I am more impressed with Utah's 2008 season an their win in the Sugar Bowl than with BYU's 1984 season and their win over Michigan in the Holiday Bowl.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    "@Uteology | 3:41 p.m. Jan. 4, 2011
    Fort Worth, Texas
    What leads you to believe that the utes will "compete" in the pac10?

    Simple, go look at the NFL talent being developed under KW, specially on the defensive side, at Utah and compare with with other schools."


    "The strawman argument, deliberately misrepresents and weakens the argument of the opposing side. This can be done by leaving out key points of an opposing argument."

    Utah will compete because of the NFL draft, therefore they will compete in the PAC-12?

    You have a VERY weak argument, except to yourself. Again, you never use logic in any of the posts that you make.

    Come on, I'm trying to help you form a logical argument. Work WITH me babe, not against me...

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Jan. 4, 2011 5:04 p.m.

    Is that the same NFL talent that needed a blocked kick to survive against BYU...at home? Or the same talent that got shredded by that midwest juggernaut Notre Dame?

    Did that talent even show up in Vegas or was it your JV team?

  • PAC man Anaheim, CA
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:06 p.m.


    Utah's defense was shredded by two non-AQ teams that aren't even supposed to be as good as Oregon.

    And head-to-head, Utah was outplayed by a very young BYU team and the Utes had to rely on luck and blown calls just to survive by one point at home.

    Get over your NFL draft pick fetish. The only thing that matters is on-field performance and BYU has beaten your future NFL draft picks 3 of the last 5 years.

    When was the last time Utah beat a PAC 10 team on the road?

    The Utes aren't going to be competitive in the PAC 12 if they can't win on the road, something the Utes have struggled with even in the MWC.

  • CG Orem, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    mr. j

    The BCS didn't prevent Utah from winning a NC in 2004 or 2008.

    USC won the AP National Championship in 2003 WITHOUT playing in the BCS championship game.

    Any voter in the AP poll could have voted Utah #1, in fact a few did, but not enough for Utah to finish #1.

    The only reason Utah didn't win a NC in 2004 or 2008 is because Utah didn't impress enough voters to be voted #1 in the final AP poll.

    Being undefeated isn't a criteria for winning a national championship.

    Many teams have finished the season undefeated since 1984 without winning a national championship.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:41 p.m.

    What leads you to believe that the utes will "compete" in the pac10?

    Simple, go look at the NFL talent being developed under KW, specially on the defensive side, at Utah and compare with with other schools.

    You'll see Utah is on par with Oregon while BYU under Bronco is on par with Washington State.

    Don't take my word for it go look it up.

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:27 p.m.


    What leads you to believe that the utes will "compete" in the pac10? Sure they'll be in it but actually competing is a completely different thing.

  • mr. j Cottonwood Hts., Ut
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    @ Truth Machine,

    To believe that BYU's 1984 championship pales in comparison to either 04 or 08 makes you a believer in the Bowl system and the BCS. The only reason the Utes weren't NC's either of those years is because a corrupt system never game them their dues. Like it did to BYU. The Utes accomplished the same, nay, more in either their undefeated seasons then the cougars in their undefeated season. They just didn't receive the hardware because of the BCS. So go BCS Boy and and openly declare your love for the BCS and boring bowl games and everything they stand for because you love them.

  • RaininTime Orem, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 2:48 p.m.

    Every Special Ed. kid I know is a Yewt fan. And they spell Ute, Y e w t. And like Regis they have no idea what a Yewt is, so I am thinking neither do the Ute fans who post on BYU articles.

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    Good point Veritas.

    ruder awakenings for uteology to consider:

    Utah 0
    UNLV 27

    Utah 7
    TCU 47

    There's no bigger stage than being scrutinized for over a month by the national media, and then going out and proving yourself worthy of being national champions in front of a national television audience.

    For all his talk about SOS, the one fact that Uteology constantly ignores is that BYU's schedule WAS heavily scrutinized by every voter in the polls, for over a month, but at the end of the day, BYU was still voted #1 in EVERY major poll.

    Even at the height of Utah's success, after beating three ranked teams, including Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, Utah only finished #2/#4. The Utes weren't even voted a concensus #2.

    Utah fans can be proud of what Utah accomplished in 2004 and 2008, but those accomplishments still pale in comparison to winning a national championship.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 2:12 p.m.

    Veritas; There are weak brain cells exploding all over Utedom(at least the ones in hedgehog, uteology, crisb and like minds). You can't give the meat before the milk. They still don't get it and still think they are right. They have no clue what you said. Let me try to dumb it down for them. No class crew! You sound silly and jealous, Really, you do. Go ask your mommy's. When you say mean things about your big brother without thinking first, just because he is more successful and your obsessed with him doesn't mean you should push his tricycle in the ditch and call him names. Children with healthy minds look up to their big brothers and want to be like them.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 2:04 p.m.

    Best wishes to Anae in The Grand Canyon State. Not every job is a good fit. Brandon, please take the job offer.

  • Madden Herriman, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 2:04 p.m.

    This is EXACTLY why it was the right thing for Bronco to do before the holidays - if you leave coaches in limbo for months before restructuring, all the good jobs are taken. Robert Anae is grateful I'm sure for the classy and timely way this has been handled (the inside leak from the Y coaching dept excepted).

    Not sure about a rookie OC, but Doman knows football and will do just fine if he doesn't make some of the horrible play calls we saw from Anae in the Utah game.

  • Tami Herriman, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 1:56 p.m.

    Hey Ty, we need a quarterback coach! Bring your Heismann trophy with you, please.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 1:28 p.m.


    A strawman argument is a rhetorical device that is meant to easily prove that ones position or argument is superior to an opposing argument. However, the strawman argument is regarded as a logical fallacy, because at its core, the person using the device misrepresents the other person's argument.

    The strawman argument, deliberately misrepresents and weakens the argument of the opposing side. This can be done by leaving out key points of an opposing argument, quoting a persons words out of context, or presenting a particular persons poor defense as the entire defense of an opposing side. In the worst case, a straw man is literally an imagined person who weakly defends an argument and can be easily defeated.

    Child: "Can we get a dog?"
    Parent: "No."
    Child: "It would protect us."
    Parent: "Still, no."
    Child: "Why do you want to leave us and our house unprotected?"

    The child in the above scenario may be making a strawman argument if the parent's reason for not getting a dog has nothing to do with protection but with other factors.

    Get it?

    Selective stats. Just thought you should know why your arguments are consistently so weak.


  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 12:24 p.m.

    @ Uteology,

    The BYU team that you are mocking has beaten your team plenty in the last few years and your team needed a blocked kick and blown replay official to beat BYU in the last seconds...AT HOME.

    Your insecurity over your dwindling program should be addressed with your shrink. Can't wait to see the YEWTs compete in the Pac 12. It's gonna be hilarious!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    I like both guys so my feelings are mixed. Doman is a class act and I think is a coach on the rise - like Sarkisian. Anae brought BYU back from "Crowton Death" as far as the offense goes so let's not forget that. There have been some pretty good years from 2005 to present and it didn't just happen by accident. I trust Bronco so giving Anae the boot must have been necessary for whatever the reason. I hope Bronco keeps the job of defensive coordinator because things really changed once he took over this year - mid season.

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 11:32 a.m.


    BYU won the 1984 AP National Championship under the EXACT SAME RULES that exist today - being ranked #1 in the final poll.

    Utah finished 2nd in the 2008 AP poll under the EXACT SAME RULES that existed in 1984 - being ranked #2 in the final poll.

    Spin that with your weak SOS arguments!

    btw, how far would Utah's 1944 regular season schedule have gotten the Utes in 1984 NCAA tournament?

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Jan. 4, 2011 11:13 a.m.

    Good luck Coach Doman. I'm looking forward to seeing what you bring to the Offence. Now ... who will be the QB coach? Hmmm.... Let the speculation begin (again).

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 11:00 a.m.

    To: Menace to Society and hedgehog,

    Any other school that had done what BYU did, you would say, "good job". But because it was BYU, you complain. We already know you are BYU haters. Why keep coming on these BYU articles and wastiing your breath?

    And to hedgehog, I suggest you read freno girl's blog. Maybe it will give you a clue!

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Jan. 4, 2011 10:28 a.m.

    @Veritas Aequitas

    Babe, your NC game with a SOS #104. Sorry, today that schedule will get you to Vegas but not a national title.

    As far as whining your coach did it for a "top 10 ranking". So look in the mirror before criticizing others.

    BYUs talent level...

    80s - Developing Super Bowl MVPs
    90s - Heisman to good NFL 2nd string
    00s - 3rd string (Beck and Hall)

    That would explain why BYU only talk about national prominence while TCU, Utah, and Boise have actually done something on the national stage.

    "Our program is on its way to continued national prominence," said coach Bronco Mendenhall, who added that his team could land in the top 10 of the final rankings [2009 11-2].

    -- Deseret News, December 23, 2009 (Cougars manage Vegas blowout)

    I guess he got a rude awakening:

    Utah State 31
    BYU 16

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Jan. 4, 2011 10:19 a.m.

    Anae may fit the AZ offense better than the BYU offense. He came out of a spread offense but found updating the BYU offense difficult. Anae is now a recruiting rival which is not good.

    Doman will be interesting. He lacks experience but he may be more innovative. He certainly understands the strengths and weakenesses of the BYU system. Hopefully 1/2 of the fans can not call the play from the stands before the QB executes it. It also was a matter of time before Doman got promoted or left.

    Bronco did the whole offensive staff a favor by encouraging them to look in Dec. There were openings and good ones. The ones who wanted to stay and were secure could stay. The ones who felt the heat had a good open market to make a change.

    Further, it did not leave BYU scrambling late in the coaching change season for a new coach if someone unexpectedly left. It also sent a message to all offensive coaches that last season was not good enough.

    WA, FSU, AF and TCU won their bowl games. SDSU and Utah lost their bowl games. BYU had a decent schedule.

  • bjdoc Vilnius, Lithiuania
    Jan. 4, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    Who cares. It's time to let football go from BYU

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 9:14 a.m.

    The fact that Doman has not yet accepted the job is telling.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Jan. 4, 2011 9:01 a.m.

    I worry about Doman's experience. I bet he will come up with some creative plays though. He is a competitor and I expect he will do well. Doman is starting off at a good time with a lot of young talent on offense - the sky is the limit.

    Go Cougs! NC #2 in 2013.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 8:50 a.m.

    With Doman, maybe we'll now pass the ball on 3rd and 5. I think Heaps is jumping for joy.

    Good luck to both coaches!

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 8:30 a.m.

    Huge step up.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Jan. 4, 2011 7:13 a.m.

    Anae will do great at Arizona, but he won't get as much support from Stoops if he continues to call plays in key situations that don't make any sense.

  • Max Syracuse, NY
    Jan. 4, 2011 6:56 a.m.

    Wow, not bad. Not only moving on but moving up. Good luck in Tucson, coach.

  • Cali Coug Visalia, CA
    Jan. 4, 2011 1:59 a.m.

    Good luck to both coaches in their new positions.

  • Shamal Orlando, FL
    Jan. 4, 2011 12:57 a.m.

    To Woodyff- ~50 million dollar athletic budget is well resourced.

  • Arynen Midvale, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 12:25 a.m.

    Valid point CordonBleu, but as we all know, trying to argue this point with a Ute is like trying to argue with a 3-year old that vegetables are good for him. No matter how true it is, they still think Sugar is superior.

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 10:52 p.m.


    BYU fans don't claim a national championship, BYU actually won a national championship.

    What jealous Utah fans don't understand is that BYU's national championship was a culmination of several years of football accomplishments, including finishing 1983 on an 11-game winning streak with two road wins over Top 15 teams.

    BYU ended 1984 on a 24-game winning streak, something Utah has never even come close to accomplishing.

    The reason Utah didn't have a chance of winning the championship in 2008 is because Utah hadn't done anything since 2004 to impress the poll voters.

    Like it or not, the major college football national championship is and always has been a popularity contest to choose the team that voters feel is most deserving to be named national champions.

    In 1984, BYU was chosen #1 by every major poll, proving that the majority of poll voters believed that BYU was the most deserving team to win the national championship.

    BYU could have played and beaten Washington or Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl, but both teams chose more money and more prestigious bowls instead of the opportunity to play the #1 team for the championship.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 10:42 p.m.

    So now after all of the BYU bashing, Anae bashing, and Mendenhall bashing by comments and media commentators we see Anae resigned to take a much better paying position. One can only speculate, but he probably had made inquires about it very early and was given the green light by a friendly and supportive head coach. Good luck Coach and enjoy the warm winter weather.

  • Woodyff Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 10:40 p.m.

    WestCoast1 has a point, until there is an actual playoff system a national championship in football means nothing!!!!

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Jan. 3, 2011 10:39 p.m.

    Man, a lot of bitter angst from people who have no standing in the discussion. To hear the whiners (note the correct spelling please) you would think the Hill firing was the right and proper way to let go of a coach.

    Now I THINK I have been paying attention, but I haven't heard where coach Hill has landed. No, Christmas is not a fun time to be moved out, but early in the coaching roller coaster is apparently MUCH better than AFTER the positions start filling.

    So, hmmm, Coach Anae resigns, says nice things, everyone says nice things, three days later he lands a gig in an AQ conference. And this is bad how?????

    I give phase 1 an A+: good man with a good record is let go easy, treated fair and lands on his feet. Watch phase 2 and see who is left mocking coach Mendenhall.

    I'm betting (metaphorically speaking) that the shuffle comes out A- or better and next season earns a solid B+ or better. (My criteria - 10+ wins and a bowl victory)(and sweet redemption against Utah and Utah State)(on national TV)

  • WestCoast1 Escondido, CA
    Jan. 3, 2011 10:07 p.m.

    It wouldn't be a BYU article without Veritas reminding us all of BYU's past accomplishment many decades ago. The national championship was bogus, won over a 6-6 mediocre team in a minor bowl.

    It is true that BYU was the only undefeated team that year. But if BYU fans can honestly claim that as a national championship, then Ute fans can do the same for 2008, having also been the only undefeated team in the country. And they did it by defeating a previously #1 team with an 11-1 record in a major bowl.

  • AK Cougar Palmer, AK
    Jan. 3, 2011 9:34 p.m.

    I liked Anae and will miss him at BYU calling the plays. I think his training and game preparation were a big part of the Cougars success. In addition, he had some really good players to help him. Some of those players were able to cover the weakness that Anae had. The same thing happened on the defensive side under Coach Hill. Same is true for most coaches in most schools.

    Best to you Anae in AZ. I think the UofA is on the way up.

  • Woodyff Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 9:31 p.m.

    As a 'cut me bleed Wildcat cardinal & blue' I hope that Anae will be a good fit for Arizona. BYU has always been productive offensively and Arizona has struggled getting the ball in the end zone. AZ had co-offensive coordinators this passed year and I like that as much as a 2 QB system - it doesn't work. Stoops has to make changes or he will be gone. Go CATS!

    To Shamal - AZ is not a well resourced school, but they are in the PAC-10 (now 12). Since they are in the same division as Utah and can't wait for them to beat the Utes!

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Jan. 3, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    Glad to see Anae land on his feet so well. Wish him well with the new job. Still wasn't the right person for this upcoming young offense at BYU. The time was right for him to leave and fortunately his ticket got punched for a great opportunity in Tucson. Hope he really gets a chance to expand his limited playbook... especially in the aerial department... and that he puts Arizona in a position to become an annual stumbling block for the Utes.

    Speaking of Utey's...I see that there's still the same...boring hey look at me wanna be's still thinking 1/4 + 1/4 = the whole enchalada. Until they play for all the marbles and win...there's nothing of any real substance that they can really say. Woulda, Shoulda, and Coulda just doesn't cut the mustard...no matter where in the BCS No.s 3-8 slots they land. Until they get either the no. 1 or no. 2 nod they're just snarfing up scraps. 0ne, two... 5 or even 10 appearances in a sub par BCS leftover feeding bowl still does not = a National Championship.


  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    Jan. 3, 2011 8:21 p.m.

    Good luck, Anae. I think he is a great OC, but things didn't work out for him at BYU. It works out for everybody; Arizona picks up a good coach that will likely serve them well, and BYU has the opportunity to pick someone who will take their offence to the next step. I'm excited for the fall already!

  • Shamal Orlando, FL
    Jan. 3, 2011 7:55 p.m.

    AZ was supposed to be on the rise 4-5 years ago. After this season, the feeling in Tucson is that Stoops has peaked. Hence the migration of coaches before Stoops is let go. I don't know much about Maryland, but I can't imagine the UofA was Anae's first choice.

    Utes take note- another well resourced Pac10 school that can't get it done.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Jan. 3, 2011 7:28 p.m.


    "If I were Doman, I wouldn't trust that guy."

    I agree, Bronko showes no class in handling tough situations. Deep down, Doman knows bronco is clueless and over his skis. Unless Doman knows he has the inside track to the head coaching job... he would better serve himself and his family to move on.

  • MenaceToSociety Draper, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 6:41 p.m.

    How 'bout that? Anae has great success in Cougarville, yet is run out of town anyway, only to land an upgrade of a job. Congrats to Anae!

    Football is first when you passive-aggressively fire your offensive coaches the week of Christmas, then go on a two week vacation knowing your job is secure. That was bad form and not very classy. It would serve Bronco right to offer the OC job to Brandon Doman, then see Doman take a job somewhere else, like Washington. If I were Doman, I wouldn't trust that guy.

  • smitxxx Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 6:14 p.m.

    This is a good thing for U of A, BYU and Coach Anae. It's great to see he landed on his feet. Best of luck to all involved.

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 6:11 p.m.

    Good luck to Coach Anae in Arizona.

    As a Cougar fan I eagerly await more news on the hiring of new offensive staff.

    Glad to see all the U trolls who bitterly complained about Y fans posting on Vegas Bowl recap articles, and incessantly whined about taking shots when a team was down, and exhorted Yners to "worry about their own team" have taken the high road and stayed off this article.

    Ouch!...Sorry...bit my tongue...it was in my cheek.

  • Flame of the West The OC, CA
    Jan. 3, 2011 6:00 p.m.

    Congrats Anae...Tucson native here and Wildcat fan...will enjoy seeing what you can do vs. Utah next season.

    Eastcoust - Tucson is much better than your snowed-in subtropical superfund site you call home...

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 5:55 p.m.

    This is a very good thing for the cougars. Anae was a big time underperformer.

    It's also good news for Ute fans as the UA offense just took a step down.

    Anae is a great guy, but is unable to make changes at half time, which a college coach needs to do to have success. His success at BYU was due to the great players they recruit and not to his ability to coach (He had players like Harvey Unga and Austin Collie almost his entire stint at BYU)

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 5:35 p.m.

    My guess is that Live Hard is so full of hyperbole that he doesn't know what he believes anymore.

    BYU will NEVER schedule anything other than a home-and-home with Arizona, or any other team in the PAC 12, and 90% of BYU's games will be 8 pm or earlier Saturday kickoffs, except for Friday night games on conference weekends, at BYU's request.

    Get used to the MTN Live Hard, because that's as good as it'll ever get for the Pokes.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Jan. 3, 2011 5:33 p.m.

    Ah yes, it wouldn't be a BYU article without Chris B. spouting "BCS" everywhere and Hedgehog calling for Bronco's job. (And he still can't figure out how Bronco is spelled. He's not representing the U's English dept. well).

    Hey, did anyone else read the article today talking about how the U can't afford a different bball coach for the next couple of years because of all their invisible BCS money? How about you, Chris?

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 5:23 p.m.

    utahcountyute | 3:19 p.m. Jan. 3, 2011
    Cedar Hills, UT
    Pretty good deal for all involved.

    Good luck coach.
    Nice call...

    No reason to make Anae a villian, he's a good coach, and will make progress with the Wildcats.

    @Uteology | 2:54 p.m. Jan. 3, 2011
    Fort Worth, Texas

    Live your life on BCS invites...

    The rest of us have been bigger places sucessfully...

    Keep chasing the dream, and leave little markers at all of the places you visit...

    (so as our schools that fly can look down as we fly over them).

    Remind me, how did Utah's bowl game work out against a solid team?
    Tell me again the awards Utah's players have recieved...

    And as you bring up the NFL, how many are Super Bowl MVP?

    (and, as you jealously respect TCU for not whining about not being NC, remember, there are only two teams currently in the MWC that have NC recognition. Once you get it, a Bowl game is not worth draping the ouside of your 45,000 seat stadium for).

    Cheers, babe...

  • Serenity Now American Fork, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 5:17 p.m.

    Congrats Coach Anae. I was one of those bitter armchair critics of Anae during the last few years (mostly for under-utilizing Unga and play-calling like there was an Austin Collie quota), but I'm glad to see him land softly at a program on the rise.

  • cactusflats American Fork, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 5:13 p.m.

    Arizona was a dismal team just five years ago. With Stoops as head coach, they have improved a lot. Look for Coach Anae to take them up another step and maybe get them to the Rose Bowl in a few more years.

    As for BYU, let's hope an inexperienced Doman will coach sophomore Heaps to new heights. Anae is a winner and a great coach. Doman could be even better, and seems to have Bronco's full trust.

  • fan29 Orem, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 5:13 p.m.

    Congratulations Coach. You deserved better from BYU and Bronco Mendenhall. Gutless on their part the way they handled this. If they didn't want you they should have just said so instead of releasing all offensive coaches. But I guess I shouldn't expect anything different from BYU. Bronco should have put himself on that list!!!

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 4:59 p.m.

    Another one lands in the PAC 12. That's OK, we'll be fine as an Independent playing half of a WAC schedule.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Jan. 3, 2011 4:58 p.m.


    Rarely does someone get fired and then immediately get a much, much better job. Bronko will rue the day he let Anae go.

    Next year at this time Bronko will be be looking for a job.

  • AZCoug Mesa, AZ
    Jan. 3, 2011 4:50 p.m.

    The Wildcats have had a number of excellent players from the islands and could use more. Coach Anae will be a huge asset finding those players and luring them to the desert! Coach Stoops has had to play against Anae a number of times in recent years and knows what a quality coach he's landed! Good luck Coach Anae. :)

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    Jan. 3, 2011 4:23 p.m.

    A good gig for Anae. Put him back in his natural position - coaching the line - and give him some OC responsibilities.

    How exactly does a co-OC relationship work? Splitting quarters or halves? Hopefully it doesn't work like splitting QB reps with two QBs.

    BYU's jump to independence is better than being in the MWC - no argument about that. Is it better than being invited to the PAC 12, BIG 12, or any other BCS conference. No, plain and simple. But much better than being stuck in the MWC.

  • badlandscougar great plains, sd
    Jan. 3, 2011 4:21 p.m.

    good luck coach anae!

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Jan. 3, 2011 4:14 p.m.

    "I have to agree with the Ute fans that it is embarrassing that BYU has never been to a BCS bowl (they could have been Rose Bowl Champs this year instead of TCU)."

    Hmmm . . . . . . . Huh???

  • Y's Guy Providence, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 4:07 p.m.

    Uteology | 2:54 p.m. Jan. 3, 2011

    What an most insightful post on absolutely nothing to do with the article.

    Now, leave the adults alone and go home.

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Jan. 3, 2011 4:05 p.m.

    Sorry, Arizona is not on the rise.
    They had their "break out year" this year, 7-5 and promptly lost their final 4 games, with a blowout
    loss to OK state.
    They're losing a bunch of guys on both sides of the line.
    The wildcats have never even smelled the rose bowl.
    But as they say in Tucson, softball season is coming soon!

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 3:49 p.m.

    moodyblue77 -

    Anae vs. Roderick? I guess that assumes A-Rod is back at the U. next year?

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    The PAC-10 is all about the University of Southern California Trojans, not any Arizona university. It is a nice move for Anae though. Why doesn't the PAC-10 stay the PAC-10? The Big 10 already has 11 members before Nebraska, and they are not changing their name to the Big 12 or whatever.

  • owlmaster2 Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 3:47 p.m.

    Anae got a great opportunity fast because of his work ethic and abilities. I'm pleased he landed where he can use his talents without the burden of carrying a seminary teacher on his back.
    Too bad he didn't land in Utah.

    Go Utes.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Jan. 3, 2011 3:37 p.m.

    The Pac 12 is definitely a step up, although Tucson is not the best place to live. Good luck to Anae. Like many others we have chased out of Provo, watch for Anae to suddenly become an offensive genius.

    Now, who do we get to fix the offense? Is Bronco going to do ALL the coaching? When will BYU break out and finally become the national powerhouse we have been making them out to be all these years?? It's about time we put some great coaches in place (hard to do with the Y's budget) and bust out of the mid majors.

    I have to agree with the Ute fans that it is embarrassing that BYU has never been to a BCS bowl (they could have been Rose Bowl Champs this year instead of TCU).

  • moodyblue77 Provo, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 3:27 p.m.

    Great deal for Coach Anae.

    Arizona could be smelling Roses!

    The Arizona scouting report on a new foe just got much better.

    Anae vs. Chow and Anae vs. Roderick should be fun to watch.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    Pretty good deal for all involved.

    Good luck coach.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Jan. 3, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    I didn't think it would be long before someone snapped up Coach Anae. Glad to have you with us in the PAC-12

  • Rock Chalk BYU Lawrence, KS
    Jan. 3, 2011 3:12 p.m.

    Ha Ha, @Fed Employee, you beat me to the punch. No worries, @dalep2u, no pun at all!

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Jan. 3, 2011 3:08 p.m.

    or as many times as Utah has won...

    a National Championship

    or a Heisman

    or a Doak Walker

    or an Outland

    or a Sammy Baugh

    or a Davey O'Brien


  • Fed Employee Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 3:02 p.m.

    As many times as BYU has played in a BCS game.

    Good luck coach, welcome to the PAC-12 South.
    You mean as many times as Utah has won a national title in football?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 3, 2011 3:01 p.m.

    @ Uteology

    How many times has BYU won a national championship?

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Jan. 3, 2011 2:54 p.m.

    @Fed Employee
    Remind me again, dalep2u, how many times has Arizona been to the Rose Bowl?


    As many times as BYU has played in a BCS game.

    Good luck coach, welcome to the PAC-12 South.

  • cactusflats American Fork, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 2:52 p.m.

    Arizona is a program on the rise. Good luck to Coach Anae.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Jan. 3, 2011 2:52 p.m.

    I'm happy to hear Anae landed a nice position quickly. Best of luck.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 2:50 p.m.

    I think combined the AZ schools have only been to the Rose Bowl twice in their history as a PAC 10 member. It could only be one of them making the trip. Maybe this will be the turning point for them with a new offense and the chance to beat Utah every year.

    Glad to see Anae land a job quickly, if this is true and it is a great move for Az.

  • Fed Employee Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 2:42 p.m.

    Remind me again, dalep2u, how many times has Arizona been to the Rose Bowl?

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Jan. 3, 2011 2:37 p.m.

    Congratulations Coach Anae and good luck in Arizona!

    One nice thing about Arizona instead of Maryland, you'll still have a chance to beat Utah every year.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Jan. 3, 2011 2:35 p.m.

    Congratulations Coach. I wish you the best of success in Arizona!

  • dalep2u Herriman, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 2:29 p.m.

    Nice bounce...from independant to PAC 12!!! If this was indeed a fireing like was suggested...then Anae came out smelling like....ROSES...pardon the pun!!!