Everyone who knew anything about BYU football knew that offensive coordinator was not coming back and it was even more clear 10 days ago when head coach Bronco Mendenhall said that his entire offensive staff was allowed to reapply for their job and to seek employment elsewhere if they desired.
Today, the Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that Robert Anae resigned this morning as BYU's offensive coordinator:
"I have decided to resign at BYU and look forward to taking on the next chapter in my life and career," Anae said in a school news release. "I want to express my gratitude to this university and to Coach Mendenhall for the opportunity I have had to coach at my alma mater and all we were able to accomplish over the past six seasons."
I am pretty sure that BYU gave him the option of to resign or be fired, and it sounds better to resign then to be fired, but either was Anae was not coming back at BYU next year. Anae did help lead BYU's resurgence after the tire fire that Gary Crowton caused during his tenure as BYU's head coach.
The problem for Anae was that a decision could not be made between freshman quarterback Jake Heaps or junior quarterback Riley Nelson and it bit him hard. The injury to Nelson bailed him out in picking a quarterback, but by then it was too late for Anae to right the ship with Heaps as the starter.
Anae will find a place somewhere in college football since he had five of six very good years at BYU in a wide open offense, plus he was an offensive line coach under Mike Leach at Texas Tech for four years which is where he picked up the spread attack. Who knows, perhaps Leach will bring Anae on his staff if Leach gets hired at Maryland.
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