BYU football: Offensive coordinator Robert Anae resigns

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  • Haters Winnemucca, NV
    Jan. 3, 2011 1:45 p.m. got your wish. I'm nervous, I won't lie. Anae made a few bad calls in the last few years but over all he helped our offense be very potent in the past 6 years. His miscues have been few and far between, and his accomplishments great.
    Remember what happened our first year with Anae we moved the ball but couldn't get into the end zone from inside the blue zone. I assume this next year you haters will regret your calling for his job. But hopefully like Anae the second year will be a breakout season. It's to bad I was looking foward to this offense with a lot more experience under their belts going crazy next year on everyone i guess I'll have to wait another year.

  • che loco Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 3, 2011 1:07 p.m.

    @My Belief:

    I'm not questioning Detmer's play-calling ability (btw, how do you know he's a great play-caller? He's only done it on the high school level, not in college or the pros. So I question your claim.), I'm questioning the timing of people just throwing his name into the mix willy-nilly. With Anae gone there's a vacancy at the Inside Receivers position coach. The title of Offensive Coordinator is not a position in itself, it is a title one of the position coaches holds. So, if Brandon Doman & Ty Detmer (both QB gurus in your mind) coach the same position who is going to coach the inside receivers? The NCAA only allows for a certain number of assistant coaches on their members' staffs. It would be a shame for a coach to not coach a position but be the Offensive Coordinator, wouldn't it? Actually, it'd be a luxury. A luxury that no team in the NCAA can afford and doesn't do.

    We're both on the same side here, but do some research, my man.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 1, 2011 6:50 p.m.

    Coaching is a ruthless business. Too bad that Robert was a victim, but Bronco is the boss. Life goes on. They're both good men.

  • Remember when St George, UT
    Jan. 1, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    ...your company downsized the last time. Or look at most Fortune 500 companies. "Who wants to retire or change jobs because we're downsizing. Standard corporate business practice. College football is big business.

  • fan29 Orem, UT
    Jan. 1, 2011 9:20 a.m.

    Don't understand why everyone voting for offensive coordinator thinks Brandon Doman is the best choice. Has no experience running the show. Oh, and for Coach Mendenhall, what a gutless way to fire coaches. Release them all so you don't have any fire anybody. Just suggest they start looking for another job. Maybe he should put his own name on that list!!!

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Jan. 1, 2011 5:22 a.m.

    Good luck, Coach Anae. I hope you are happy in your next job.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Jan. 1, 2011 1:27 a.m.

    Chris B | 2:13 p.m. Dec. 31, 2010
    Salt Lake City, UT

    Wow, selective stats. Uteology would be proud.

    Here's a couple real stats you would like.

    Utah Basketball is on a four game losing streak.
    Utah Football is on a one game losing streak.

    The last five time the Utes have put on their jerseys and played a game, they brought an "L" home.

    Bring up past Ute glory days, and you have to deal with BYU glory days, and I don't need to make you a list. However, you will never get out of the shadow.

    You ever hear that you are only as good as your last game.

    You really want to call "game, set and match"? Should we "mark it down"?

    (I did mark down that Utah would beat BSU, 34-22... What do I do with that again? You promised to come back and remind us... I have been waiting.)

    Enough with the Anae / Chow comparisons.

    Anae is not Norm Chow.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Dec. 31, 2010 11:59 p.m.

    Re AnonymousInfinity: Your comments about Heaps and Mendenhal are a joke and if your suggesting that the honor code and standards BYU requires a player / student to live by need to be changed or something, it won't happen. BYU will do fine in their recruiting, they will get the players they need and those that can live up to those standards.
    Mendenhal is doing a great job of not only coaching but teaching and mentoring his players, winning football games is not the only thing Mendenhal and his staff are concerned about.

  • Mountainman56 Alpine, UT
    Dec. 31, 2010 4:00 p.m.

    @Chris B

    Because the future doesn't matter and the only thing that counts in the past are the last 7 years and then only BCS bowl wins. Legacies that go back 40 years are clearly meaningless as are national rankings, conference championships and national championships. At least you're easy to please. I hope you can live on the glory of those 2 BCS bowl wins for a long time because it could be a very, very long time before you get another one.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 31, 2010 2:13 p.m.

    2 BCS wins and counting

    0 BCS games and stopped.

    Game, set, match coug fans

  • My Belief Spanish Fork, Utah
    Dec. 31, 2010 1:43 p.m.

    Actually, che loco, Detmer has been known to be a heck of a play caller. He's been a very valuable assistant OC for NFL teams and that's why he was in the NFL for as long as he was.

    Detmer would make a great OC. Whether he will do it or it will work out is beyond me or you. But I surely don't question his resume.

  • che loco Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 31, 2010 12:48 p.m.

    Can we stop with the Ty Detmer talk? It's not going to happen. Bronco has been recently heard heaping praise on Brandon Doman as the "best QB coach in the country." Why would Bronco bring in Detmer as the QB coach when he believes he already has the best in the country in Doman? The two cannot co-exist.

    There's a possibility that Detmer could take over as the Inside Receivers coach position that Anae just vacated, but no self-respecting QB expert would take a step down to do that.

    Detmer is made to coach QBs & so is Doman. They won't be on the same squad as long as they both coach the same position.

  • davidutefan Evanston, WY
    Dec. 31, 2010 12:41 p.m.

    I'm not a Cougar fan but, if I were I'd be cheering. He's done a reasonably decent job there but, they're not as explosive as I've seen from the TDS. Decent guy but a good move

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Dec. 31, 2010 12:03 p.m.

    Well Anae is gone so time to move forward. Regardless of what he did, or didn't, do he is gone. Now let's hope whoever is hire does a better job and the offense is a better offense.

    One thing is for sure there is some major young talent to coach and work with. The right guy is going to have alot of tools.

  • AH C'MON South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 31, 2010 12:03 p.m.

    Duck Hunter:
    I agree with you 110%. Coach Anae did a great job in all 6 years including this past Season with what he had. The same thing happened with Coach Chow, coaching all of those Legendary QB's over the years including Ty Detmer and he was booted out. Now Coach Doman is considered the front guy for the job because he is the best QB Coach in the country. Does Coach Anae get any credit for that? If faith is top priority at Cougar nation, what about Loyalty. I think this is what the program need more than who is the brightest, aggressive, most qualified person. whatever the case may be for the most part. That includes the D Coordinator. How can he do a great job for at least 3 years and then do that poor in the first half of the Season. I will never forget how awesome the Defense played against the Soooners. Oh yeah, LOYALTY looks at the heart not the color of the skin. Best of luck to Coach Anae and his family!!!

  • badlandscougar great plains, sd
    Dec. 31, 2010 11:11 a.m.

    coach anae, thank you for the memories, wins and all the loyalty you've given to byu as a player and coach.
    you will be successful where ever you coach. it is byu's loss that you are leaving.

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Dec. 31, 2010 10:55 a.m.

    I am a BYU fan and am wondering why all of a sudden Robert Anae and the offensive coaching staff is gone? I thought Coach Mendenhall hired all these guys. I think Tom Holmoe should have fired the whole coaching staff pending an evaluation. The overriding issue at BYU is there is no chance to attract high profile out of state players because of the entrance and honor code requirements....plain and simple. Recruiting is a major problem at BYU. I don't care who the coaches are. But it is curious that all of a sudden BYU ran out of tight ends, and experienced quarterbacks, and just about every position players. It was glaringly simple to observe. I have seen teams from around the country, and Jake Heaps is not a bigtime quarterback by any stretch of the imagination. But the fact of the matter is Bronco Mendenhall is in over his head at this level of football. Football these days is about who can attract and keep in their programs more hoods than their competition...plain and simple. BYU needs speed and size on the defense. Nice guys don't get it done.

    Best of luck Anae.

  • Snark Provo, UT
    Dec. 31, 2010 9:49 a.m.

    I thought that you guys moved to the PAC 10/12ths? Did you miss the train?

  • My Belief Spanish Fork, Utah
    Dec. 31, 2010 9:25 a.m.

    I hold Bronco in the highest regard. At the scrutiny of many, including some BYU fans, he has taken a program and used it to better the community. I've watched the Thursday's heros, and if more schools were focused on using their teams for good in the community, I think less NFL players would be poor role models for youth. Thank you, Bronco! You are a great example to us all.

    Bronco expects that his players play hard and well. He doesn't allow entitlement attitudes to run the program. He clearly expects the same out of his coaches.

    Arm chair quarterbacks/coaches always think they know best. There is a reason that these guys hold the job and others do not.

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 31, 2010 8:29 a.m.

    In recent history, Ute coaches always seem to be hired away for bigger and better jobs, while all the Y coaches either stay put or get fired. Or should I say, "resign". What's the deal with that? I thought everything about BYU was and always will be WAY better that the Utes. At least that's what all the fans around here think...

  • BluCoug Provo, UT
    Dec. 31, 2010 12:20 a.m.

    @ hedgehog

    Pull off the blinders or get a new monitor. The wheel fell off in vegas, actually it was more like a train wreck. Heres your reminder 26-3 BSU.

  • Bigdude Twin Falls, ID
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:54 p.m.


    Anae is most likely going to Maryland to be reunited with Mike Leach. But the thought of Anae at Utah is fun. BYU did the right thing here. Anae didn't trust Heaps nearly as much as he should have throughout the season. He didn't even want Heaps to be the starter.

  • statman9 South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:40 p.m.

    I have great respect for Coach Anae, in the time he spent at BYU, he did a very good job, but this year, he didn't have what BYU needed to succeed, but I give a lot of credit to Coach Anae for his years of service and commitment to this BYU team. I wish him the best as he continues in his coaching career.

  • owlmaster2 Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:22 p.m.

    I have to chuckle--- Anae would be a great addition to the University of Utah football program....

    Go Utes

  • UteMan South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:10 p.m.

    Bronco and Kyle will have big decisions to make when it comes to OC's this off-season.

    I would not be surprised to see Kyle move Roderick back to the WR Coach and give Anae an interview for the OC job at Utah. Not sure how I feel about it, but it is a possibility.

    It seems that Anae was a marked man at BYU this year, yet he had a ton of success in previous seasons and down the stretch once the QB spot was finalized. Bronco will need to make a good hire and I don't think Doman will be the answer.

  • Tom in MS Madison, MS
    Dec. 30, 2010 10:34 p.m.

    Wow, a lot of moronic insults being thrown around because a coach "resigns"! Give me a break - grow up! One-upsmanship (on both sides) is for junior high.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Dec. 30, 2010 10:15 p.m.


    You crack me up with all of your "predictions" about BYU.

    Holmoe did NOT get fired after going Independent.
    ESPN DID negotiate an a great contract with BYU.
    Other good teams ARE interested in playing BYU in football.
    Utah did NOT slaughter BYU in November.
    BYU DID win more than 1 game this year.

    Should we still be "marking these down"?

  • catram North Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 30, 2010 10:00 p.m.

    Good luck Coach!!

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    Best of luck to Anae as he moves forward in his career. He did a nice job at BYU, but it was the right time for both sides to move on. Chemistry with the other coaches and players was an issue with Anae. I believe that is the main reason he wont be back. Even though his playcalling was questionable at times, he was still pretty successful as a play caller and im sure he will find a job with another university. but it was the right move for both to go in a separate directions

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Dec. 30, 2010 8:11 p.m.

    Good luck Coach Anae. You brought a lot of excitement to the program and a lot of success. You'll do great wherever you go.

  • Mountainman56 Alpine, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 7:31 p.m.


    Who made you BYU's A.D.? It sure would be nice if the rest of us knew as much as you do about what's happening in BYU's inner circles? Please tell us who your source is so we can all be as informed as you.

    Actually, you're obsession with getting rid of Bronco only confirms that he's the right guy for the job. If you want him out so bad, then BYU fans should want him to stay forever since we all know you want nothing but the worst for BYU.

    Thanks for your usual insightful and intelligent comments!

  • Alberta Reader Mona, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 7:20 p.m.

    hedge the wedge
    Freudian slips are alive and well as you described the Utes but manged to say BYU
    Great slip of the tongue as you described Utah to a T this Year

  • Hawkeye79 Iowa City, IA
    Dec. 30, 2010 7:13 p.m.

    Ah, I see that hedgehog couldn't wait to read and comment about the latest BYU headline. Only a jealous person would try to argue that a coach with a .724 winning percentage was a bad hire.

    That said - thank you, Coach Anae, for your great work at BYU. It has been a great 6 years. Best of luck in the future!

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 7:11 p.m.

    Let's see if we can define "bad hire" wedgie.

    Would you define it as multiple conference championships, multiple top 25 finishes, multiple 10+ win seasons, and multiple excellent recruiting classes?

    Or would you define it as hiring a 20 yr old with no experience as your qb coach and then watch all your qb's actually become worse than they were the previous year while being incapable of generating any offense whatsoever against any decent team?

    I know which one I would define as a "bad hire".

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Dec. 30, 2010 6:42 p.m.

    Veritas Aequitas,

    Broncno repenting at nauseum for poor judgement is noted. But really, Y does he not pay for HIS mistakes? I'll say it again; Bronko has a noose around his neck... it's just a matter of time before the "powers that be" pull the shoot. If Bronco goes 0-4 to start the season (probable) we'll all see what should have happend years ago.

    Bad hire.

  • Parkercoug Parker, CO
    Dec. 30, 2010 6:21 p.m.

    Ty Detmer has plenty of motivation to go to BYU right now from what I understand. He was called by someone folks in the NFL very smart on the X's and O's. Doman is popular, but I think Detmer is smarter.

  • BYU/RSL Fan Provo, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 6:04 p.m.

    @ fixitdad

    Yet you care enough to comment on the article?


  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 5:50 p.m.

    hedgehog | 3:03 p.m. Dec. 30, 2010
    Ann Arbor, MI

    Bronko is officially boxed in. Going foward the next head on the chopping block will be his.


    Come on, give us a break...

    Do you want us to mark this one down, also?

    Bronco is a great HC, and is staying...

    Kyle will be asked to step down before Bronco. His team was a disappointment after being ranked #5, then getting blown out of the water.

    Neither football coach is going anywhere.

    Deal with Kyle at the U, and Bronco and Rose at BYU for a long time....

    ...and Tommy Connor at the U for the next 10 years plus...

  • fixitdad lock haven, pa
    Dec. 30, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    On your poll for a topic such as this you need a Who Cares! choice

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    Does everyone notice that it is the ute trolls that are the ones complaining about this move and even calling for Mendenhall to be let go.
    Anae needed to go and new blood, with a new mindset brought in, I hope Doman gets the job and Detmer & Cahoon are brought in to bring in new ideas.
    Re Firehawk: Bronco's approach that has football as #5 on the priority list is exactly the way it should be. Football isn't nearly as important as you want to make it. That being said, winning football games is what Bronco is working to accomplish and I think he will do just fine. Going independent is a good move by the Cougars and will bring them more exposure for the right reasons and that is not for football. To those who football is their life (God), that may be hard to understand but there are more important things in life.

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 5:03 p.m.


    Only a clueless Utah fan would be calling for Bronco to be replaced.

    Yes, Bronco admitted he made a mistake in going along with Anae's decision to use the 2 QBs. But, has also admitted that offense isn't his forte, so he trusted Anae's decision. Bronco wasn't the one who hired Anae, so he's not responsible for Anae being on the staff.

    Your "anger" at being called out is interesting.

    Why would a Utah fan want Bronco replaced?

    Simple, because jealous Utah fans can clearly see that if Bronco remains as BYU's HC, he'll continue building the program to the stature it was under LaVell.

    This year was clearly a turning point for BYU. An aggressive OC with a team full of talent is poised to have a breakout year, next season.

  • Rock Chalk BYU Lawrence, KS
    Dec. 30, 2010 4:45 p.m.

    Yup, the math is pretty simple:

    Yesterday's Military Bowl champ = Maryland
    Maryland's coach Friedgen = retired
    Maryland's new coach = Mike Leach
    One of Leach's staff = Robert Anae
    hence BYU's Reynolds = surprised
    Hedgehog = classless, clueless anti-fan (stick to being a fan of your own team, bro. What's the matter, not fun enough for you?)

  • BYU/RSL Fan Provo, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 4:04 p.m.

    @ Hedgie Wedgie

    The job of being EXPOSED as total frauds already belongs to the Utes.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Dec. 30, 2010 4:04 p.m.


    True to form, I see. Your comments are timely. Unbelievable from one whose mighty utes looked like a Jr. High team in the Vegas Bowl (oh, wait - the lowly vegas bowl), and then there's the embarrassment of your hoops team. Other than that - you look real strong going into the conference of champions.

  • Old Navy Provo, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 4:03 p.m.

    It's time for BYU to look "outside the box" of the BYU family. Doman is not the answer! And BYU has only kept Reynolds around to recruit his kids. However, bringing in Detmer makes a lot of sense.

    There are some great offensive coaches out there and I just don't want to see the Cougars limit their options only because they are not former BYU players.

  • Wldflwr Lehi, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 3:58 p.m.

    "EXPOSURE will be replaced with EXPOSED.
    Something about a car just can't help but watch."

    Wow hedge, you just described the last part of the utes football season!

    Thank you Coach Anae and wishing you the very best in the future.

    Can't wait to see what develops! It IS good to be a Cougar right now!

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 3:57 p.m.

    I kind of saw this coming.

    I guess a lot of people got their wish. I hope whoever comes in as a replacement does a good job.

    I hope the scheme doesn't change because of this. A power run game mixed with a spread offense is not a bad scheme.

    Go Cougs!

  • Y's Guy Providence, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 3:49 p.m.

    utahninvegas | 2:44 p.m. Dec. 30, 2010

    You really don't know how it was handled, nor how he was treated. And, I doubt you really had that much respect for Mendenhall to begin with.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 3:45 p.m.

    Everyone assumes it will be Doman into the OC spot. That might be the case, and might be something Bronco has to do to keep him on staff at all, but in the short term could become a bigger issue than a solution. Look at Utah the last couple years. Very young, new OC, who has really struggled at times with playcalling. I think Roederick will become a very good OC in the future, but Utah is experiencing some growing pains with him currently. He's been good preparing pregame, but has not done a good job making adjustments during the game as defenses adjust. I'd expect similar bumps for the Cougs were Doman promoted.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 3:43 p.m.

    If any bus is missing wheels it's the one being towed to the PAC-12 hedgie.

    If any team has a legal right to the use of the word EXPOSED it's the Utes. Funny how you would try to use YOUR exclusive label and pin it on the Cougars.

    You guys won the TRIFECTA Award for biggest goose-eggs for an OVERRATED (Another Ute exclusive word)team on nationally broadcast venues. All while you booed your QB, flipped the refs off, etc.

    That's classy and that fits well with the PAC-12. You guys have been weighed and found lacking.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Dec. 30, 2010 3:43 p.m.

    Hedgehog - 5 minutes, no talking.

    Utahninvegas - let's see, how he handled Jaime Hill was wrong, how he did this was wrong. Do the math, friend. You HAVE no respect for Bronco, therefore, saying you lost a lot of respect for him is a little less than honest.

    Face it, Bronco turned the ship around after Crowton, ran a great program within unique paramaters for several years, and took the lumps at the beginning of this season and turned the ship around again.

    Thanks, Coach Anae, and best of luck! Go cougars! Uncharted waters ahead.

  • LVIS Providence, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 3:41 p.m.

    hedgehog | 3:03 p.m. Dec. 30, 2010

    Gag. Please. Your mother's calling you. Go home already.

  • FireHawk Aurora, CO
    Dec. 30, 2010 3:38 p.m.

    Re: TrollPolice.

    I love the personal attacks because you have nothing intelligent to say other than name calling and referencing basketball decisions. Did you have something meaningful to say on the article and my opinion?

    I like BYU football plenty and I love the school and its beliefs but I also watch as much college football as possible of as many teams as possible...and I know a rabid fan who can't think out of the box when I see them post and refer to themselves as a self appointed "Police" of something. I don't represent Utah officially so I am unsure if you are referencing the coaching decisions as something I did personally and is it bad that Utah has BYU contacts? Your anger kinda sounds like you Hate Utah and anything associated with them...which is irrational...but you can expect nothing less from some fans so pre-disposed from every section of the world.

    Do you think the two QB thing that doomed the first of BYU's season was only Anae's fault. There you got some attention now I hope you feel better. My Opinion Remains that Detmer is better than Bronco.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Dec. 30, 2010 3:37 p.m.

    Hard to argue with success, what with the multiple 10-win seasons and with BYU's turnaround at the end of this season. I thought Anae was going to stay for sure.

    But I guess BYU just saw this as a time to start fresh. I think this was less of a "retirement" and more of a "writing-on the-wall" situation.

    Good call with the Maryland-Leach connection, ya'll. Nice consellation there.

    Either way, good luck coach.

    And, while Detmer would certainly be quaified to coach at BYU, I wouldn't blame him for keeping with the laid-back-ness of where he's at. That leaves Doman as the obnious choice.

    @Veritas. I don't usually call for coaches heads, but I'm with you on the HC at Huntsman. The Boylen experiment should be over by seasons' end, barring a massive comeback.

    New beginnings, new coaches.

  • Jacksonian Sandy, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 3:34 p.m.

    Thanks Anae. It has been fun to watch your offenses for the last 6 years. Good luck to you on your next chapter.

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 3:27 p.m.

    @ wedgie

    Sounds like you're predicting utahs start in the pac10 LOL although they will probably beat that powerhouse Montana St. team.

    Bottom of the pac obscurity is where your team is headed. Have fun with it. LOL

  • ediddy Woods Cross, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 3:17 p.m.

    This is a good move by all parties. At best Anae's direction was inconsistant. Those of you who have sincerely watched the play calling and game direction will not require a litany of specifics. Those who are zoobies will complain and whine.
    Please don't bury the program by moving Doman into the OC slot.

  • JMT Springville, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 3:05 p.m.

    I cringe a little.

    It was Mendenhall who gave us the two-headed monster, that admitted was a mistake. And it was Anae who ramped things up the second half of the season. Mendenhall did the right thing on defense, I hope this is the right thing here. Overall a down year for the offense but that is more Mendenhall's fault than Anae's but...

    Best of luck!

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Dec. 30, 2010 3:03 p.m.

    The wheels have been off the bus for months.... this is simply just the fallout.

    This is what happens when you lose to USU and rack up 6 loses for the season. An early Dec. toilet bowl victory inwhich no tds fans showed up and posted a 30% decline in viewership (i.e. EXPOSURE)didn't help.

    Bronko is officially boxed in. Going foward the next head on the chopping block will be his.

    Any rational sports fan will project an 0-4 start to the season and the word EXPOSURE will be replaced with EXPOSED.

    Something about a car just can't help but watch.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 2:52 p.m.

    Now, if we can move an HC out of the Huntsman Center, the state of Utah will be ready to represent!!!

    Thanks Robert, I will never forget the Vegas Bowl where you let UCLA back in by running the ball inside the 10 when you should have taken the knee in the first half...

    And the way you gave up in the Utah game this year.

    This is a total SHOCK, but, you were a class act, and happy to see you take that class somewhere else...

    "And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
    Stood puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so?
    It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
    "It came without packages, boxes or bags!"
    And he puzzled three hours, `till his puzzler was sore.
    Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!
    "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.
    "Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!""

    Thank you Coach Mendenhall for a most "excellent" Christmas gift...

  • utahninvegas Henderson, NV
    Dec. 30, 2010 2:44 p.m.

    I agree that it was time for Anae to go but think the way Mendenhall handled it was wrong. You don't treat people and their lives that way. Just wrong!! Lost a lot of respect for Bronco on this one.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Dec. 30, 2010 2:34 p.m.

    Be careful of what you wish for Cougar Fans, you may get it.

    Dec. 30, 2010 2:04 p.m.

    His son Famika is just coming off of an ACL injury. I think he may leave BYU, but he's already used a red-shirt & would a sophomore next year, and would only have two years of eligability left after setting out next year for transfer rules. While I thought Anae was a good coach, he stuggled a lot with play calling, even in the good 10 & 11 win years. Many audibles were called by Beck & Hall.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Dec. 30, 2010 1:53 p.m.

    @ Go Big Blue
    Ahhh but now the ship is righting itself...we'll see what the weather brings in shortly. Til then...we'll just have to wait. I do agree with a previous post...If Leach does get the Terp job Anae may find a place....or perhaps at Portland State which early in the season I think he was spending too much time thinking about and not about his job at BYU.

  • Arizona2 Tucson, AZ
    Dec. 30, 2010 1:39 p.m.

    Thanks, Coach Anae, for a great run! Best of wishes.

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 1:37 p.m.

    Those ridiculing Bronco and fans for wanting Anae gone dont understand all the facts. Bronco did not hire Anae. He was hired at the same time Bronco was promoted to HC. We may never know what the relationship was like between Bronco and Anae but the facts are that Bronco did not get to pick his own OC, and that prior to BYU Anae had zero experience running an offense. All of his experience as both a player and a coach was with the O-line. This is why he was only an average play caller, and why he struggled against good defenses like TCU (only 17 points scored against TCU the last 3 seasons!!). Bronco has earned the right to choose his own staff, and to find an OC who can coach the offense the way he coaches the defense. Racking up 10 win seasons against mostly mediocre opponents will not cut it for BYU as an independent. BYU needs to elevate their program in order to survive as an independent and Anae is not the OC to do that. That is why it was time for a change and I applaud Bronco for making another tough decision.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 1:34 p.m.

    Thanks Coach Anae for all of your hard work and dedication to the BYU football program. Although I disagreed with some of your play calling and thought your two-QB system was a serious mistake, I think you've done a great job for BYU and wish you success in your future endeavors.

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 1:32 p.m.

    Love the ute fans who voted in the poll for Bronco to hire aaron roderick LOL Nice try but no thanks. He's a ute now so go ahead and keep him.

  • TrollPolice Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 1:31 p.m.


    It's always hillarious when clueless Utah trolls start spouting off about BYU's coaching staff. Like Cougar nation really wants to take advice from a Johnny-come-lately program that is already staffed with BYU coaches. If the Utes had spent as much time analyzing their basketball program, they might have gotten a real basketball coach by now.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 1:25 p.m.

    Amazing how rats always jump off a sinking ship.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Dec. 30, 2010 1:21 p.m.

    Ref: dustman

    All joking aside an extended offer to Urban Meyer for the O.C. position would be a great idea...but...(LOL) I'm afraid it will take a couple of years for all this television money to start rolling in to be able to afford him. He was a great coach and class act here at BGSU where I used to teach. He absolutely respected Lavell Edwards and Norm Chow. His offenses were built around a lot of BYU's program. Heard him speak about highly of BYU's program several times while he was here in Bowling Green.

    Ref: Hellooo
    I really fail to see how not taking the easy chipshot fieldgoal on 4th and inches with only 2 plus minutes off the clock in the 3rd against Utah can be called anything but lacking intelligence. And going back let's add the UCLA call where we fumbled the ball trying to run with our backs against our own Goal Line... With 7 seconds left in the first half!!! Later... we were lucky to block the fild goal and get the win. Those are not aggressive plays. In between... there's lots of mediocre play calling

  • Seattleview Federal Way, WA
    Dec. 30, 2010 1:07 p.m.

    Thank you and good luck at your next job (Maryland?). I hope they will treat you better and more upfront than BYU has.

    Now, it is up to Bronco to see if he really does know anything about offense or not. I hope he encourages some innovation in the offense and not just stay with the status quo. I know their is excitement to get more former BYU players on to the staff but if they dont bring different perspectives that might not be a good thing.

    Now, will bronco really fire two more coaches? WIll he force Reynolds into an admin job and let Higgins go?

    It is not a pretty process but I hope it turns out for the best.

  • UC UTE Lehi, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 12:58 p.m.

    Don't be surprised to see Coach Anae as the new line coach at Utah.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 12:42 p.m.

    Thanks is too little praise for all you have done for BYU football Coach Anae. Those that say "too predictible" are same that complain when an agressive play fails to work. You will be very difficult to replace, both as a coach and recruiter. Good luck. So, now the program heads in a new direction without either an Offensive Coordinator or a Defensive Coordinator and apparently a head coach thatdoes not know how to delagate and still stay involved and keep it his team.

  • Idaho Dad Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 30, 2010 12:39 p.m.

    God Bless Coach Anae. Thanks to him for all the good he has done. Class act, great guy. Good luck to him in the future.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Dec. 30, 2010 12:36 p.m.

    It was time boys and girls... time for Anae to move on and allow Mendenhall the opportunity to choose his own replacement. Seldom do Head Coaches ever get saddled with someone they didn't either bring with them or hire outright on their own. I feel strongly that the previous Athletic Director and his Assistant at the time before Holmoe's eventual selection were wrong to have done this... leaving Mendenhall without those options. Yes, Coach Anae contributed to the program but his own development stagnated. He doesn't have enough aerial weaponry to pick apart a good secondary defense let alone a really great one. And even though the stats may show passing over running he was truly more run oriented. Most of the passes were underneath or short yardage down and outs. Very little down range stuff. We never really saw any of that this year until the UTEP game and by that tine it was too late. You have to go with multiple crossing routes as part of your arsenal. He just doesn't know how to get maximum utilization from all his eligible recievers...and we have plenty of really good ones to go around.

  • bigutefan Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 30, 2010 12:36 p.m.

    Why do we do this? Seriously, we all know he was told to go, this was not his decision, he didn't decide to resign. We the readers are not stupid, c'mon!

  • FireHawk Aurora, CO
    Dec. 30, 2010 12:34 p.m.

    Two down and another to go.. DC, OC, now finish it with the Head Coach...Yea you think I Blashpheme but it is the truth.

    Mendenhall does not have the 100% champion spirit and is too content with "winning" seasons and not Championship seasons...BCS seasons. Yes I know you had "Quest for Perfection" T-shirts but his goals/Excuses eliminated that theory when he put winning football games at #5.

    Detmer needs to be placed in the coaching staff somewhere, preferably at OC and then made the HC in a few years. I doubt he can be lured away from hunting though.

    Even as a Ute fan I watched Detmer dismantle the cocky Miami Hurricanes and I ran on the field after!!! One of the best games I have ever watched as a college football Fan.

    Detmer is a stellar athlete and absolutely BRILLIANT as a player and later as a sideline QB/Coach in the NFL.

    Mendenhall is good and he has "good" seasons...are you all content with that? Detmer is a level higher than Bronco and he is a tactical master and very few posses his talent.

    Maybe I can Lure him to Colorado for Hunting?

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Dec. 30, 2010 12:34 p.m.

    @ dustman

    To be fair to Ty, St. Andrews has just 350 kids and last season the team went 0-10. In those 10 games, St. Andrew's was shut out three times and scored in double digits only twice. Not a whole lot to work with....

  • Winglish Lehi, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 12:33 p.m.

    You know, I never understood why BYU fans consistently called for Norm Chow's job. I've likewise never understood why people called for Robert Anae's job. Both men led highly successful programs with potent offenses. We knew coming into the season that this would be a year to break in a bunch of freshmen. BYU just lost its three best offensive weapons to the NFL, plus their best blocking back. What did fans expect?
    I wish Robert Anae the best and I thank him for fulfilling his duties at BYU. Mr. Anae's guidance gave us some fantastic years of BYU football.

  • Executive Lee West Jordan, Utah
    Dec. 30, 2010 12:29 p.m.

    I am nervous about BYU bringing Brandon up to be the OC. You might need someone that has been an OC before, but rumors have it that Brandon is very well liked and capable of being the OC. Could Anae leaving make recruiting in the Islands more difficult for BYU or does BYU have another coach that can relate with the athletes from there?

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Dec. 30, 2010 12:22 p.m.

    @BYU 99

    Detmer is currently the head football coach for St. Andrews Episcopal School, a small private institution in southwest Austin. This year was his first season.

    But, Ty grew up watching his dad, Sonny, break down film. He has a great understanding of the whole offense. In my mind, he is much better qualified to be OC than Doman. But, like Dave from Taylorsville, I defer to the judgement of Coach M. He IS da man.

  • dustman Nampa, ID
    Dec. 30, 2010 12:22 p.m.

    I thought he was doing well once they got passed that two-QB stuff, and after the freshmanQB got some snaps in.

    They need a BIG running back. I don't know if Detmer or Doman could do it. Detmer just coached his hisgh school team to an 0-11 record, and I don't know if Doman has done any Coordinating before.

    Keep your eyes open Bronco...Get Urban Meyer. Jokes.

  • Dave from Taylorsville Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 12:07 p.m.

    Please Coach M., keep Coach Reynolds on OL. Move Coach Doman up. And replace Doman with Ty Detmer. BINGO! But I do defer to what ever Coach M. thinks. He is da man.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Dec. 30, 2010 12:06 p.m.

    Best wishes to Coach Anae. Thanks for your class and hard work.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Dec. 30, 2010 12:06 p.m.

    From SoCal, I don't hear rumors or talk to anybody who knows somebody on the team.

    I do know that Anae has been tremendously successful in his tenure at BYU. I remember fans celebrating when Norm Chow resigned and the lean years after he left.

    Luckily, I doubt that Bronco has been influenced by peanut gallery on the blogs. If he wanted Anae out, i'm pretty confident that he has a good reason(s).

    Good luck to you, Robert. It is with some trepidation that I say adios.

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 12:04 p.m.

    I wish Robert Anae the best and hope he lands on his feet somewhere. I am sure he will. He has done a lot of good for BYU over the last 6 seasons and he has an impressive coaching resume. I am excited to see who the next OC will be and although I expect Brandon Doman is the front-runner I would also like to see Bronco consider other outside possibilities. Maybe Andy Reid is ready to retire from the NFL?!

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Dec. 30, 2010 12:01 p.m.

    Anae resigned?

    Yeah, and Ken Lay from Enron "resigned" too.

  • Resident1 Spanish Fork, Utah
    Dec. 30, 2010 12:01 p.m.

    @Independent - Bitter?

  • Waylon77 Logan, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 12:00 p.m.

    Why can't they just say that they canned him? Are they letting him "resign" so he can save face ore something?

  • UtahDerek sandy, ut
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:55 a.m.

    zoobs forced him out while he was the one that designed there offense and they think that they will be better with a first tear oc? Maybe Max Hall will be the qb coach I heard he isn't doing anything.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:52 a.m.

    As much as BYU wants to shake up their offensive coaches, it's a shame they're pushing out the best one. Did anybody else notice that the Cougars won a few games this year because they were able to RUN the football, despite having a true freshman at QB? Anae showed great versatility in his game strategies. Plus he's a class act. Anae won't be out of work for long--good luck wherever you coach next!

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:48 a.m.

    Thank you, Coach Anae, for all of the time, work and dedication you gave to our school and program.

    From one Coug to another, I sincerely thank you and wish you success and happiness in the future. Go Cougars (where ever we may be)!

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:47 a.m.

    Good luck Coach Anae in your new endeavors.

    As a Cougar fan I look forward to the new opportunities that fresh leadership will bring. Timing could not be better.

  • deth Orem, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:46 a.m.

    Thanks to Coach Anae for a lot of great seasons! Good luck to him in his future endeavors - whatever they may be. A lot of schools out there would love to have done what BYU did under Anae.

  • Mountainman56 Alpine, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:45 a.m.

    Not a surprise but great news nevertheless. Even during the 10 win seasons, his play calling was way too predictable and when BYU played good teams who prepared well, they knew exactly what we were going to do and were able to shut us down. We won a lot of games with Anae but I think that some times it was in spite of him, not because of him. When you have the all time most winning quarterback in school history, the top two running backs in school history, the top wide receiver and tight end in school history, you're probably going to win a few games.

    Now we need an O.C. who will be as aggressive and creative as Bronco has been with the defense since taking over as coordinator. I've heard Doman speak several times and I think he's the guy for the job. It will be interesting to see how things shake out but any way you look at it, the future should be promising.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:44 a.m.

    Perhaps one of the many posters on these boards who was calling for Anae to be fired all year could be the new offensive coordinator.

  • cactusflats American Fork, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:42 a.m.

    I hope cougar fans will be ready for an inexperienced OC. Anae made some dumb calls, but Norm Chow did too. And whoever comes next will as well. I hope things work out for Coach Anae and for the Cougars.

  • Weber State Graduate Clearfield, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:41 a.m.

    Coach Anae is a class act in all respects. I'm sure he will succeed regardless of where he goes.

  • BYU 99 Garland, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:39 a.m.

    Robert Anae deserves a lot of credit for making the team successful the last 6 years. I expect Doman to be the frontrunner for the offensive coordinator position but I don't know about Detmer being QB coach; has he been coaching recently? He's a legacy, had an NFL career as a backup but I'd like more information before I endorse him.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:37 a.m.

    Good luck coach? Way more good than bad over the past 5+ years. It will be interesting to see what Bronco has in mind for next year. Before bashing Bronco for what he is doing, keep in mind that he is the one held accountable for the football team and he should be the one to make the decisions. I am optimistic about next year and think this team (freshmen and sophmores)could be one of the best ever at BYU when it is all said and done.
    Go Cougars!

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:33 a.m.

    I guess all those haters who called for his head have now got their wish! It's interesting to see if this change will turn out to better or worse for BYU's program. I do wish him, (Coach Anae), the best for the future at wherever he's going to end up at. We had a great run with him and he deserves our thanks!!!

  • Bula Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:31 a.m.

    Oh well the nature of sports....neeeexxxxt??

  • 4D Provo, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:31 a.m.

    From my understanding most BYU fans did not like his play calling, and so i am assuming this is a good thing. Didn't he bring Byu's offense over from Texas Tech? I always thought the offense of lineman splits seemed unusually distant. Does that mean BYU will change their offense of scheme? Maybe the triple option like other independents? ha ha okay it was a joke :)

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:21 a.m.

    Terrible news. He helped BYU get all those 10 win seasons. It will be hard to replace a guy who did that, as well as played on the NC team. I hope BYU hires another guy who know how to be explosive on offense.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:20 a.m.

    I commend Coach Anae for the many years of service to BYU. He made a difficult step from line coach at Texas Tech to Offensive coordinator at BYU. Five years of dedicated service to BYU and supporting Coach Mendenhall gave BYU what they needed to recover from the Crowton years. Although this last year was difficult for everyone the improvement and the experience gained by the young team points to a bright future. I for one wish coach Anae success and happiness as he pursues other opportunities. Thank you Coach Anae.

  • i am hank Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:19 a.m.

    Thank you, Coach Anae, for helping to make the past six years of BYU football very memorable. Good luck to you in all your future endeavors.

  • jazzbball Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:14 a.m.

    Let the era of a Doman coached offense begin!

    It's a great time to be a Cougar fan!

  • Jonathan Eddy Payson, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:14 a.m.

    The timing is right.

  • Coug Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:14 a.m.

    And the plot thickens. I wonder if Robert's son, Famika, (OL) will follow his dad to his next school, or remain at BYU?

  • Superzero Farmington, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:13 a.m.

    This has to be the most unpredictable call of Robert Anae's career.

  • Rock Chalk BYU Lawrence, KS
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:12 a.m.

    Thanks for your time in Provo, Robert. It was a pretty good run. Here's to BYU making a great run in the future!

  • Toonces the Cat Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:11 a.m.

    Bring on Doman and Detmer!

  • Resident1 Spanish Fork, Utah
    Dec. 30, 2010 11:09 a.m.

    Thanks to Coach Anae for the good you've done.

    I'm excited to see what the future brings to BYU as they start a new chapter.

    Go BYU!