It appears that Bronco Mendenhall is going to coach the BYU football team quite a bit longer than a lot of people believed he would.
Mendenhall is in the midst of contract negotiations that will likely keep him at BYU for at least several more years.
Prior to acknowledging his own contract situation is being worked out, Mendenhall announced Friday morning the restructuring of his coaching staff, which includes the promotion of offensive coordinator Robert Anae to assistant head coach and secondary coach Nick Howell to defensive coordinator. Mendenhall will still call the defensive plays.
You can read more about the coaching assignment changes here.
As for Mendenhall’s contract, his current deal is set to expire after the 2013 season. He signed the three-year contract after the 2010 season, in early 2011, although BYU officials were offering a five-year deal. At the BYU football media day some five months later, Mendenhall talked for the first time about the contract, and said he turned down the five-year offer because he couldn’t guarantee school officials that he could stay that long.
Today’s acknowledgement means he believes he will.
If you follow me on Twitter, you are probably aware that Mendenhall spent some time talking to reporters today about the coaching changes and his outlook for spring camp, which begins Monday.
What follows are some of his comments regarding the makeup of his coaching staff.
I will post his thoughts about spring camp in the next few days.
Mendenhall on the promotions of Anae and Howell:
"It has been a long time in the making, from the minute our game finish versus San Diego State, and our bowl victory, and coach [Lance] Reynolds then stepping away from football. It was, man, a great chance to consider the next era of BYU football, and we’ve been working really diligently to re-assemble and to assemble a very strong coaching staff -- not in relation to the past, but in relation to the future that would include more difficult scheduling, more exposure, more significant games on the road, with even higher expectations.
And so what I have really done is formalized an already existing relationship with coach [Nick] Howell, which has been any time that I am called away to do head-coaching responsibilities, to lead the defensive room.
He provides really the continuation of an existing structure. There really won’t be any change at all on how our defense runs on a daily basis, other than a formalization of what he has already been doing.
I will still be the play-caller, and he and I work really well together. But I need significant help in dotting all the I’s and crossing all the T’s and all the legwork that is so important organizationally, and Nick is helpful in doing all that."
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