I just can't get over this whole Anae/Erickson thing. I mean someone's lying....LYING (Oh how I wish I could imbed some duh duh DUH music they have when secrets are made public in mystery TV shows.) The completely unbiased bastion of journalistic integrity - Jason Shepherd at KSL - said as much last night.
I'm renouncing my Utehood because I've got to believe the liar is Kyle. I mean, look at the scenarios and tell me which is more believable:
BYU View: Kyle wanted Robert Anae as his first, 2nd, and 3rd choice. He tried to use all sorts of filthy lucre (PAC-12 Affiliation, huge salary, guns and prostitutes, etc.) to lure him, but Coach Anae prefers to keep his annual salary under six figures (because it keeps tithing settlement from being awkward) and his heart pure and independent. Therefore, when Anae emphatically, but gently as to prevent any harmful feelings, turned Kyle down, Kyle cried for 3 weeks, probably tried to get Lance Reynolds or Brandon Doman but was turned away, and was forced to move on to some old guy who's only notable achievement is that he got beat by Ty Detmer.
Utah View: Kyle was looking for an experienced Offensive mind to get us out of the cellar of every offensive statistic in the conference. It is known he interviewed Steve Fairchild, Dan Hawkins, Schultz, Crowton, and Erickson. It was a pretty extensive search looking for just the right fit, and could have included contact with Anae...and others not mentioned. In the end, Kyle offered the job to a man with a bazillion years of experience, 2 national championships, and a history of quick turnarounds at more than 1 PAC-12 school. Erickson probably wasn't behind a position coach from the New Mexico Bowl Champs on Kyle's wishlist.
Clearly, Roscoe's interpretation of the events in question make more sense, and Kyle's pants are ablaze with the hellfire of his vicious false witnesses.
Now, some folks have tried to talk me out of it, by saying both could be simply taking advantage of semantics. Roscoe said Utah made a "Strong Push" for Anae. Perhaps in his mind, the following exchange constitutes a "Strong Push."
Anae: Buenas Ding Dong Diddly Dias
Kyle: Hi Ricky
K: Whatever. Listen, we're looking for a new offensive coach if you know anyone good. Probably a decent paycheck involved.
A: How dare you!!!! Get thee hence, Satan. I'll not succumb to your wily temptations.
K: (Sigh) Just have them send me a resume.
A: Near-er my God to thee....Near-er to thee....
On the other side, perhaps Kyle did say "Please, Ricky, Please" many many times, but never used the actual word "Offer." It's all semantics, and in the end, it just begs one question:
Are we really this desperate for Sports Radio topics in this market?
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