Dick Harmon: BYU coach Anae has hit the ground running — and hit it hard — as the Cougars' new offensive coordinator

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  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 11:06 a.m.

    I'm hoping for good things, we have the talent and program, facilities, I just don't know if the administration can put it all together.

    No more getting all hyped up, just going to wait and see what happens. I think Anae has A LOT to prove to the fans, and he has some things to make up. You don't just walk back in and get all happy happy feelings from the fans after walking out...I don't care why you did. You walked out. No true explanations.

    I hope all the people with big money, keep a tight hold on their check books until some things are proven on the field this time. This Riley Nelson love affair just about killed off the fans!!!

  • Lightening Lad Austin , TX
    Jan. 29, 2013 6:25 a.m.

    Dick what's the word on filling out the staff? You got this nutty mess started by throwing Ty Detmers name into the hopper, would you please put it to rest so the campfire singers will stop the endless discussion on what a wonderful thing it is to have Ty back in the fold. I have a little 3rd handed information on the topic, and while I don't know what discussions may have gone on or not gone on between BYU and Ty, I do know that there is no way the man is going to leave San Antonio for Provo. The man has his life set up perfectly, all he dreamt about for 13 yrs in the NFL is reality, in Texas, not Utah. He would likely have to leave sans wife and the three girls at home who would not appreciate his putting St Phillips Academy, Texas, and his ranch in the rear view.

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 11:41 p.m.


    "...let us know when the Y plays 7 REAL games"


    2012 - #18 Boise State, #16 Utah State, #20 Oregon State, #4 Notre Dame, #21 San Jose State, MWC Co-Champ San Diego State, and ACC Division Champ Georgia Tech (which stomped USC in the Sun Bowl)

    That's SEVEN REAL games, not including Washington State and Utah, which you're welcome to count or not count as REAL games.

  • Benhur Everett, WA
    Jan. 28, 2013 8:29 p.m.

    Did U really lose SEVEN games? Whoa ... scary bad.

  • lanius Woods Cross, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 7:58 p.m.

    Truecoug - let us know when the Y plays 7 REAL games.

  • IndeMak South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 5:50 p.m.

    You don't know what you've got til it's gone.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 3:52 p.m.

    This just in . . . Tanner Shipley changed his commitment to Boise State. This is why we need a good receivers coach. We had 5 great receivers in this class and now we only have 3.

    About the O-line . . . there is nothing wrong with having a slimmed down O-line. Lineman don't need to be 350 pounds, they just have to be GOOD. Look at Alabama this past year . . . easily the most elite offensive line in college football, but they weren't all a bunch of 350 pounders. I don't think their biggest starting O-lineman was bigger than 320 lbs. But the difference is that it was 320 pounds of MUSCLE not FAT . . . BYU. So 300 lbs. of GOOD weight is better than 330 lbs of FAT. I think it's fine that BYU's lineman are leaner and more athletic they just need to have their weight be muscle and strength, and actually go to the weight room and do workouts, and run a little bit and actually work hard instead of just putting on fat. Though I think Anae is far from perfect, I do like what he can bring as an O-line coach bringing a tough, physical attitude.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Jan. 28, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    The overall results of Anae's first BYU gig was a waste of great potential talent by making them underachieve thier true potential...by consistantly using a limited offensive playbook. And unless Anae learned anything new from Stoops and Rodriguez...his potential to be limited in play calling and continuing to be predictable will be the noted assessment of his second tour at BYU.

  • JmThms Henderson, NV
    Jan. 28, 2013 2:23 p.m.


    Look at the overall results of the offense when Anae was here. Regardless of what the 'fan' you were referring to said. I don't care about your 'fan'. He is not me. Results speak for themselves.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Jan. 28, 2013 1:01 p.m.

    Bronco needs to visit the Cougar Varsity club to find more play calling vesatility.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Jan. 28, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    Regardless of what circumstances between him and Bronco existed at the time Anae left... his play calling was too narrow and too predictable and his ability to affect the overall talent potential that he had never blossomed as it should have. I still maintain that there is a very blatant waste of talent at BYU especially on the coaching staff of the Women's Golf team. Unless Anae took extensive notes uner Stoops and Rodriguez it's still a tall order to bring him back

  • truecoug1 Provo, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 10:40 a.m.


    I'd rather lose out on 6 commits than lose 7 games.

    Just saying.

    Go Cougars!

  • 965 Sandy, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 10:22 a.m.

    If you call losing 6 commits 'hitting the ground running' then he is doing amazing.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 9:36 a.m.

    Welcome home Robert. The high level of troll interest is a good sign.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 9:33 a.m.

    I'd sure be interested to know why Cahoon was let go. I'd also like to know who Anae plans to bring on board that is more qualified.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 27, 2013 6:35 p.m.

    Under Anae I, the offensive line was said to be too big, too bulky and very very slow. We were told from BYU "fan" that they didn't achieve the heights of college football because of this deplorable offensive line. Anae needed to go so young genius Doman could work his magic.

    Doman made the line "slimmer and more athletic" and again we were told from BYU "fan" and from Bronco himself that this new line was going to dominate.

    After further review, the "slimmer and more athletic" line appears to not have protected the quarterback well enough for the BYU "fan" so we are going back to the first genius (Anae) for the fix.

    So now Anae II will make a much better offensive line.

    Ya right.

  • yourmomgoestocollege Las Vegas, NV
    Jan. 27, 2013 6:12 p.m.

    I'll believe it when I see it. Otherwise, this is just an attempt to get fans in an unnecessary frenzy.

  • dbrbmw Orem, UT
    Jan. 27, 2013 4:31 p.m.

    I love Des News

  • Zoniezoobie Mesa, AZ
    Jan. 27, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    Minor detail corrections to the story: AFCA Convention was in Nashville, and DuBose played at Moorpark College.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Jan. 27, 2013 2:19 p.m.

    Yes, we needed a new offensive coordinator.

    No, we did not need to fire DuPaix (sp?) or Cahoon.

    And...I would probably have had Doman stay on as QB coach with Max Hall assisting.

    BYU football is PASSING football: our religious standards are different, our values are different and the way we play and win football games is different....we PASS the ball. LaVell did it for almost 3 decades and succeeded at it. Why not do it again?


  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Jan. 27, 2013 11:01 a.m.

    I'm in agreement with the fans who think that Bronco on defense and special teams and Anae on offense will be a powerful combination. In the past, before Bronco took over as DC, the knock was on BYU's defense not Anae's offense. Those losses to TCU and Florida State were blamed on defense. Bronco has fixed that.

    Anae will bring significant, relevant experience to the offense. They will be much better next year.

    NC? Nah. But they will be good.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Jan. 27, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    re:gdog3finally...Uhmmm, no. BYU does not work that way, no head coaching jobs are promised as part of a rehire package. And no again...we as "readers' were definitely mislead by insinuation or bad reporting as to the reason why Anae left. There is no other spin and I think reporters need more integrity instead of infections of yellow journalism.

  • rafinsure Elk Grove/U.S.A., 00
    Jan. 27, 2013 9:20 a.m.

    After the horrible assessment James Lark gave the coaching staff's leadership in an interview done in Utah's other major newspaper, it is great to see Anae and his staff are off to a good start. Hopefully , we'll see major improvements in coaching and players immediately. If not, we just need to be patient. The last two seasons were rough on offense without some leadership.

    Jan. 27, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    I still can't believe Anae would take this same job that he was run out of town the first time he had it. Oh well, a guy has to feed his family...

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Jan. 27, 2013 8:30 a.m.

    This is an exciting, well-written article. Every year we get lots of such stories by our local media. I quote, "This is the best team in BYU history, EVER!" And until this past year, I was duped every year. This year may just be typical - the media hype far exceeding results. I remember very well how predictable BYU's offensive plays were under Anae. I remember that they couldn't beat good teams. What I want to see is not in the newspaper. What I want to see is on the field. I'll keep my expectations very low, so there's room for shouting for joy when they exceed them. Gone are the days when I'll get hyped up for the greatest team BYU has EVER had. Let's discuss this again after the first 4 games are played.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 27, 2013 4:55 a.m.

    Mock me now, and maybe later, we will see, but I think Anae is head coach in two years time. He came back and has his freedom more than ever to choose his staff and gain more control than when he was run out of town before.

    For all Bronco's faults, or more accurately, my criticisms, I give Bronco credit here. I could be overly stating this as maybe Holmoe had the larger say in bringing Anae back.

    As for the head coach theory, I do believe Mendenhall will stay as long as he wants nonetheless. I just think he has verbalized his readiness to leave already with Holmoe and an exit strategy for Anae is in the works. It quells the Polynesian controversy, helps recruiting, and puts Mark Atuaia back in play. And oh by the way, Anae can flat out coach even if he wasn't appreciated before. I told my BYU friends that they would regret their joy in Anae leaving a few years ago. Sorry, but this Ute was right there.

  • le miye Pine Ridge, SD
    Jan. 27, 2013 1:03 a.m.

    i'm excited about the prospects of coug'football again. we will have a proven OC and will see the results i'm sure. welcome back Coach Anae!!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 27, 2013 12:54 a.m.

    @3grandslams, I think you are wrong. I believe Anae was willing to come back because he loves BYU despite the bad departure a few seasons back. But really, I think conversations have been had relative to Robert Anae taking over soon when Bronco leaves.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 27, 2013 12:03 a.m.

    I know for a fact that tWhit is shaking in his boots.

  • Benhur Everett, WA
    Jan. 26, 2013 10:59 p.m.

    With Bronco defense and Anae offense, byu could be in national championship game. They would perform much better than Manti / ND and byu might even win it all. Great time to repeat the feat, on the 1984 30th anniversary. It will happen with Anae back on board. Mark it down.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Jan. 26, 2013 9:55 p.m.

    Exciting report. Glad to hear it, but truthfully the story that the media won't cover is all the false reports we got as fans about Anae's leaving. How many other times have we been duped? Anae wouldn't have come back if the reports two years ago were true, basically Mendenhall kicked him out. Someone mislead us and it wasn't Bronco.

    Fess up reporters. As fans we are tired of being feed stereotypes and myths. And you also owe Bronco and Anae apologies.

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Jan. 26, 2013 9:50 p.m.

    Hopefully the offense will be improved, it couldn't do much worse. As for the U being mediocre, its true. However, the Y hasn't been much better. If the offense improves and the defense stays strong, the team will be strong next year. But man it's a tough schedule.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 26, 2013 9:22 p.m.

    Funny h

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Jan. 26, 2013 9:03 p.m.

    Hit the ground running? Has he hired a qualified receivers coach yet? We'll see what happens with that first before I can say that he's hit the ground running.

  • sls Columbia, MO
    Jan. 26, 2013 8:13 p.m.

    The weakest link in the offense this past year was the offensive line that allowed the QBs to get hurt and didn't allow enough time to make the correct reads. If Anae can produce a better offensive line, BYU is bound to have success. Kyle Van Noy's plea to beat that mediocre team from up north will become a reality.