Dick Harmon: BYU's Robert Anae says Cougars must be 'crystal clear' about coaching hires


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  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 9:48 a.m.

    To ROCK ON:

    Optimism? Did I miss something? We still have a head coach that likes to play his "buddies" and not look deep enough to play the real talent. So, this is not just a bad luck type of deal, this is a fundamental problem that runs deep into the program.

    Are you telling me this has all been cured?

    We have seen a head coach that bailed on good, wonderful, dependable hires--betraying their hard work, their trust, their dedication and their families. Now we are supposed to offer blind trust again?

    How is it, that Bronco could pull the rug out from under his coaches (Doman, Dupaix and Cahoon), but he could not pull the rug out from under a poor performing, under-talented, injured, quarterback who was causing losses on the field? Just want answers that we still have not received.


  • DRay Roy, UT
    Feb. 11, 2013 10:36 p.m.

    I'm available to coach, have never lost a game as a football coach on any level, 'course, haven't ever coached football on any level...I'd say "go get 'em boys!" and "listen to the coach from within"...or if not me, how about Patty Edwards, she helped out Lavell when he needed help with the offense.

  • CougarColby Fort Benning, GA
    Feb. 11, 2013 8:51 a.m.

    @Howard S.

    You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. First, our QB situation will be pleasantly surprising. While nobody, (myself included) has any idea how Taysom will look coming back, it was clear that he CAN be a dominant performer. He was a littler rough around the edges last year, but given time and coaching, this year could be very productive for him.

    As for the O-line, you want to bring of "Stars". How many professional O-Line guys were 5 stars? I can tell you, from the Super Bowl winning Ravesn, only one of them was, Michael Oher. The rest were pretty much nobodies who had desire and good coaching. I am not worried about the O-line for two reasons. 1)They can't be much if any worse than they were last year, 2)we have much more aggressive minded coaches. Coach T, knows the JC ranks and if he has brought in some good JC O-linemen, I trust his 17 years of experience.

    Good luck this year with college footballs most gangly QB, I seriously hope you can get into a bowl game this year and quit embarrassing the state of Utah.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 11, 2013 4:29 a.m.

    @Howard S
    "No one knows how a player rehabbing from a serious injury will respond physically or mentally to live competition. One injury makes a second injury more likely. Not an ideal situation for the running offense Anae intends to implement for BYU QBs."

    This coming from the fan of a HC and team who was moronic enough to bank all their fortunes 2 yrs in a row in the Pac12 on a weak and feeble Jordan Wynn. Spare us the lectures.

    "What could possibly go wrong?

    Going into probably its toughest schedule ever next season BYU will have:

    A new OC with a new offensive system"

    The only thing that went wrong was your attempt at analysis. Anae isn't a new OC, or maybe you're new to college football (which I can understand being that the utes no longer are a college level team). He's not even new to BYU (strike 2) and because NCAA rules only allow so many assistant coaches he will likely assume his previous role and coach the TE's (strike 3).

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 10, 2013 3:09 p.m.

    The team up north will continue improving chances of other PAC teams qualifying for bowl games. With Utah, and Colorado in the mix, six wins is obtainable for more bowl representative of the conference.

    It's just that simple, and for that reason, BYU was not a good fit.

  • MacNasty Rexburg, ID
    Feb. 10, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    My, my, my the trolls for the bottom feeders seem a bit testy. It appears Anae's rejection of Utah has struck a nerve, or rather, better put, made them nervous.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 9, 2013 10:29 p.m.

    Tom in CA
    Vallejo, CA

    You mean those "mid to bottom dwelling utes" who are 3 and 0 in the last three and 8 and 3 in the last eleven games against the mighty Cougs?

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Feb. 9, 2013 10:00 p.m.

    Howard S -

    You would be better served to worry about your mid to bottom dwelling utes, instead of worrying about the BYU Cougars.

  • Jim1027 St. George, UT
    Feb. 9, 2013 9:25 p.m.

    I predict we go 12-1 next year, losing to Notre Dame or Texas, but not both.

    Why my optimism? We were in virtually every game this past year and the defense bailed us out. With even a C- offense we could have won big last year.

    Why will our offense be better?

    1. Better offensive cooradinator, arguably.
    2. Better quarterback, arguably.
    3. Better backs as we'll have two starters coming back.
    4. Receivers just as good.
    5. Offensive line better as how could it be worse.
    6. Tight ends getting more involved.
    7. Optimism high and simplicity making us lean and mean.
    8. It looks like our quarterback and receivers coaches will be better due to the time used in the extensive search.
    9. We're playing some of our greatest rivals at home.
    10. Put it all together and it looks great!

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 9, 2013 7:47 p.m.

    Spanish Fork, UT

    A couple of points to help clear the fog of Cougar delusion.

    First, BYU's best option at QB is an injured sophomore with only two games of meaningful playing time and 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in those games.

    No one knows how a player rehabbing from a serious injury will respond physically or mentally to live competition. One injury makes a second injury more likely. Not an ideal situation for the running offense Anae intends to implement for BYU QBs.

    And second, your revamped O line will be stocked with freshmen and lightly recruited JC players. Just who do you think will be available next year that is better than last years players?

    QB and OL are huge question marks that render whatever strength there may be at RB, WR, and TE meaningless.

    But, if you think an injured, inexperienced QB and two star JC linemen are optimal when facing your toughest schedule ever... then Enjoy.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 9, 2013 7:08 p.m.


    "you specifically, told me johnson was a genius and utah was going to go to the rose bowl after the season."

    You're making up your own facts again. I never said anything close to this.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Feb. 9, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    RE: RockOn

    "7. A defense that will have better middle linebackers, a deeper d-line that has ample size to fill in for the missing Fuga and the speed and strength in Kaufusi who will dominate his side and a returning Manu for the other side."

    While I appreciate your rebuttal to Howard S. I have a hard time believing point #7. Please don't dismiss how valuable Manumaleuna, Tialavea, and Fuga were... I don't believe what we gain this coming season outweighs the loss of those three (plus Dulan).

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 9, 2013 11:59 a.m.

    I am not in love with Detmer as qb coach as most fans seem to be. I DO appreciate how smart and terrific a QB Detmer was for BYU. But that does not translate into being a great coach. I would much prefer someone with experience and a proven track record as a coach at the collegiate level. It doesn't even have to be at the D-1 level. Maybe Detmer would turn out to be a great coach also. But his hire would be a big unnecessary gamble, in my opinion.

    But by this article, it sounds like Bronco and Anae are being very careful with their selection, which is great. I also really like that Anae's statement that his offense will revolve around his talent. That shows he is flexible and is a hallmark of a good coach. I was not in favor of the Anae rehire, but I am willing to give him a chance.

  • Just Smiling BOUNTIFUL, UT
    Feb. 9, 2013 11:12 a.m.

    Can we all take a page out of Coach Anae's book of being classy? Stays professional about the process of finding the best coach possible and being able to also compliment and acknowledging Coach Roderick for his talents after going back to the U. In fact it was classy how he referred in another article that the U and other schools had shown interest in him. He never referred to it as a "strong push" or a rejection on his part, nor did he make it a BYU or Utah thing. Just a decision and an appreciation to past programs for what he had learned. Refreshing! I wonder if fans on both sides could follow that lead?

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Feb. 9, 2013 10:55 a.m.

    J S (Iowa City, IA): I have noticed that too.

    Chris: I will take the high road here - I think Utah is a good team. They seem to win the games they should win. They have a tough schedule, being they are in the Pac 12. However, I think Utah is LUCKY to have won so many games against BYU the last 4 or 5 years. I do not think it will happen this year. Look for BYU to win big this year against Utah

    In regards to Coach Anae - it is good to see him talk about the process of hiring the remaining two coaches. Am I the only one that thinks he sounds like a head coach already, after having just been re-hired? It is great that they are persuing Ty Detmer. I seem to see Anae becoming the head coach at BYU and Detmer becoming the OC. Don't know when that will be, but it seems to me that it may happen. Don't get me wrong - I love coach Mendenhall, but when he wraps it up, I can see Anae taking his place. He will be a great HC.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 9, 2013 10:39 a.m.


    I asked utah "fans" like yourself that exact same question before the start of this last season. All of you, you specifically, told me johnson was a genius and utah was going to go to the rose bowl after the season.


  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Feb. 9, 2013 10:28 a.m.

    Howard... you a half empty kind of guy?

    Here's another spin:
    1. A returning OC coach with a proven record running a simpler offense the team is already familiar with that brings more discipline to the system.
    2. A QB who has significant reps, who scores TDs, knows how to play, is a well conditioned RM so he's mature, clear headed and not distracted. Far more prepared than J/Football Bradshaw other new successful QBs/ He's fast-strong arm.
    3. An OL coach who knows how to coach far better than the previous coach, and, who has his own recruits coming with him.
    4. A great stable of excellent running backs who need less coaching today than last year.
    5. Proven and tested wide receivers ready to go.
    6. Proven and improving tight ends proven and ready to go.
    7. A defense that will have better middle linebackers, a deeper d-line that has ample size to fill in for the missing Fuga and the speed and strength in Kaufusi who will dominate his side and a returning Manu for the other side.

    Now I ask the Cougar Nation, is there not good reason for optimism in 2013? Yes

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Feb. 9, 2013 10:22 a.m.

    Howard S.
    Taylorsville, UT

    Fair question! Now I ask you, what could go right? The last time we had good line play and a decent offense was with Coach Anae. Now he's completed a two year externship with positive results.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 9, 2013 9:19 a.m.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Going into probably its toughest schedule ever next season BYU will have:

    A new OC with a new offensive system
    A QB with limited playing time coming off knee surgery
    A OL coach who has never coached in a D1 game
    An RB coach who has never coached ever
    A new WR coach (may have never coached in a D1 game)
    A new TE coach (may have never coached in a D1 game)

    Now I ask the Cougar Nation... What could possibly go wrong with this scenario???

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    Feb. 9, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    That was impressive, he sounds like he knows what he is talking about. I liked the part where he said the offense will be talent driven. Are you listening BJ. Go Utes.

  • flatlander Omaha, NE
    Feb. 9, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    Sounds like an interview with the real head coach

  • couglifer South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 9, 2013 7:35 a.m.

    @Y Grad / Y Dad

    The utes did go to a bowl game last year and it was in September just like next years

  • JD Tractor Iowa City, IA
    Feb. 9, 2013 7:19 a.m.

    It is a great study that no matter what BYU does U fans are besides themselves and spend tons of energy degrading BYU. But at the same time they demand BYU fans repsect them. I truly don't get this behavior but it does make me laugh.

  • kosimov Riverdale, UT
    Feb. 9, 2013 6:48 a.m.

    Neither team will excel as long as petty insults and mean remarks are the defining subjects of discussion for fans and players. Utah and BYU have both contributed to the rise in national standings which the inter-mountain area has enjoyed over the past couple of decades. As students graduate and new players replace them, it is to be expected that the performance of each team will fluctuate. That is why coaches change every so often; to change the emotions and attitudes behind each program which seem to go through cycles in ways I cannot explain. The idea that one coach or another who is replaced or who chooses to move on or stay is "good" or "bad" is absurd. Coaches probably work harder than anyone to make their programs succeed. If they enjoy a run of victories, everyone is happy. But let them disclose that they are (shudder -- quiver -- gag --) HUMAN, and will have some times when their team isn't as great as in the past, so they move on where they can start over, and use some of the new things they've learned, and we are ready to tar and feather them!!!

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Feb. 8, 2013 8:40 p.m.

    Chris B
    Salt Lake City, UT

    "How many bad teams are you playing next year?"

    Just one, Chris, and I sure hope we can beat them this year. It's getting embarrassing to keep losing to a team that then goes on to prove just how pathetic they are.

  • Christy B Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 8, 2013 8:24 p.m.

    Ignore the rants from my little sister; she's just surly because Coach Anae wasn't interested in coaching for a program that's gotten so bad that they can't even qualify for a bowl game anymore.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 8, 2013 7:42 p.m.

    How many bad teams are you playing next year? That will be the number of wins

    And our seniors will have never lost to you

    Our seniors 4-0 against little brother.

  • San Diego Orem, UT
    Feb. 8, 2013 7:36 p.m.

    Ben Cahoon is an outstanding coach. Anae would be wise to reconsider him and ask him to come back.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 8, 2013 6:22 p.m.

    I'd still like to know what it was that Anae found lacking in Ben Cahoon.