BYU Football: Robert Anae Out, Cougar Coaching Shakeup Begins

Ryan TeeplesCorrespondent IDecember 30, 2010

FORT COLLINS, CO - NOVEMBER 01:  Head coach Bronco Mendenhall of the Brigham Young Cougars prepares to lead his team onto the field to face the Colorado State Rams at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium on November 1, 2008 in Fort Collins, Colorado. BYU defeated CSU 45-42.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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BYU has just announced that offensive coordinator Robert Anae has resigned. The announcement states he will seek other opportunities. 

Speculation has been oozing out of Provo in the weeks since the Cougars spanked UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl. The win gave BYU its fifth win in six games and helped the team recover from an awful start, which saw the team struggle on both sides of the ball.

Head coach Bronco Mendenhall fired defensive coordinator Jamie Hill after the Cougars lost to D1 doormat Utah State. 

Now attention turns to the reorganization of the offensive staff where current quarterbacks coach Brandon Doman has received high praise from Mendenhall. There have also been rumors and speculation (primarily wishful thinking) about Ty Detmer returning to Provo to coach. Talk has also surfaced around former tight end Chad Lewis joining the staff. 

The coming weeks will tell, but for now, Cougar fans can look forward to a new signal-caller, one they hope will be less predictable than Anae had become. 

The timing of Anae's announcement and departure is likely fortuitous for him, as Mike Leach is expected to land a coaching job in the coming weeks. Anae coached under Leach at Texas Tech, and it's not a stretch to expect they may reunite. 

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