UPDATED: 5:50 p.m. with the official announcement from BYU
Arizona Wildcats offensive line coach Robert Anae will to return to BYU as offensive coordinator, the school announced late Friday afternoon.
Rumors circulated about the potential hiring this morning. Jeff Call of the Deseret News was the first on the story.
Anae, who was the Cougars’ inside receivers coach and offensive coordinator under Bronco Mendenhall from 2005 to 2010, has been at Arizona for the past two years. He was the only assistant from Mike Stoops’ coaching staff to be re-hired by coach Rich Rodriguez after the 2011 season.
Anae resigned under pressure at BYU after the 2010 season as Mendenhall opted for sweeping changes. Now, Mendenhall is making sweeping changes again on his offensive coaching staff and bringing back Anae, who was a standout offensive lineman for BYU and played on the Cougars’ 1984 national championship squad.
“It was my privilege to be part of the Arizona program the past two years and to have coached the players I worked with in Tucson,” Anae said in a statement.