Speculation became reality Sunday afternoon with the news Wyoming fired football coach Dave Christensen after five seasons.
Did it surprise any of you?
But where does UW go from here in its search for a new coach? Where do you think it should go?
Since 2000 it has gone in a lot of different directions:
–Vic Koenning replaced Dana Dimel in 2000. Koenning was Dimel’s defensive coordinator and was given his first head coaching job after Dimel took a similar position at Houston.
–Koenning won five games in three years, and was replaced by Joe Glenn in 2003, who won national titles at the Division II level (Northern Colorado) and at Montana (FCS).
–Glenn was around for six seasons and took UW to one bowl game. But he was fired after the 2008 season and replaced by Christensen, one of the nation’s top assistants as the offensive coordinator at Missouri.
So does UW go in one of those three directions for its next coach? Perhaps go after a coach at comperable or smaller level FBS school? What about a guy that has been a FBS head coach but has not been in coaching for a year or two?
What about someone none of us have ever heard of?
I think athletics director Tom Burman needs to explore all those options, but also must do it fast as stability needs to be reestablished with the new coach and the current group of players — not to mention to get started putting a recruiting class together.
See Monday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and wyosports.net for more on Christensen’s firing, as well as some reaction from players. There also will be a story on some probable names that will surface during the search and a column on how and why things didn’t work out for Christensen at UW.
In the meantime, would love to hear your thoughts about this, and who you think should be the next UW coach.