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* Regarding the two coaching positions yet to be filled, receivers coach and quarterbacks coach, Anae said: "We hope we get them hired by spring ball."

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* On OL recruit Brayden Kearsley, whom Anae helped convince to keep his commitment to BYU, Anae said: "I think I am going to have a lot of fun being his coach."


Mendenhall spent a lot of time extolling the virtues of his program and recounting its successes, stuff BYU fans have heard before. Sometimes, he seemed defensive.

A few notes and observations from his address:

* Mendenhall showed a picture of receiver Cody Hofffman, and said Hoffman recently told him that he will insist that his children all attend BYU because he has enjoyed his time in Provo so much.

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* Mendenhall talked about his growing relationship with former USU and current Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen, and noted that the friendship has blossomed since Andersen left Utah. He called the signing of Andersen's son, Chasen Andersen, "one of the coolest stories" of the recruiting season. Mendenhall said Gary Andersen called him Tuesday night and thanked him for recruiting his son.

* Mendenhall told a story about the recruitment of Kahuku defensive back Johnny Tapusoa, recounting how Tapusoa introduced himself to Mendenhall as a 13-year-old when the coach was in Hawaii recruiting Shiloah Te'o years ago. "He just basically wore us out" with his persistence, Mendenhall said.

* Mendenhall said the offensive staff changes probably cost them one recruit, whom he did not specify. It was probably Claudell Louis, a lineman from College of the Sequoias in California.

* Mendenhall said because of the missionary age change policy, the 2015 signing class is almost full because of all the guys who will be returning that year.

* Mendenhall said two players who were probably going to leave on missions immediately out of high school have decided to stay and play a year, at the coaching staff's urging. My guess is he was talking about Bingham lineman Keegan Hicks and Addison Pulsipher, an OL from Temecula, Calif. Just a guess.

* The coach said that about "10 days ago" that he and coach Brandon Doman decided jointly that Doman should part ways with the program.

* Somebody asked Mendenhall about the kicking game woes and the coach quipped: "Got suggestions?"

* With Joe DuPaix being released, BYU has not had a true recruiting coordinator for the past month. Mendenhall said that Patrick Hickman, director of high school affairs, has handled most of those duties and done a fine job with it. However, nobody is in place yet to take that title.

* Mendenhall said Eathyn Manumaleuna has been granted his year back for medical reasons by the NCAA and is projected to be a starting defensive end in 2013.

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