Bruce Feldman, senior college football columnist from CBSSports.com, said via his Twitter account (@BFeldmanCBS) Wednesday night that Colorado School of Mines football coach Bob Stitt didn’t make Wyoming’s top three because athletics director Tom Burman told people he is concerned about winning the press conference with his new hire.
Not sure if that means Burman doesn’t think Stitt would be good with the press or be a public-relations hit with the fans, or the fact Stitt coaches at a NCAA Division II school.
However, when Burman talked to the media Monday, he was asked if it would be good to find someone that had a more dynamic personality with the fans than former coach Dave Christensen.
“You would always like to have people that are as good with (public relations) as possible, but there are highly successful coaches around the country that coach in front of packed stadiums that are not the most socially successful people,” Burman said. “That should be part of the equation, but the most important part is to find a coach that can put a product on the the field that people want to see.”
If UW has narrowed its choices for its new coach down to three, things are awful quiet in Laramie about who they are.
Former California coach Jeff Tedford still appears to be in contention. However, there are some possible hang-ups and one could involve another Mountain West school.
Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter’s name is popping up as a possible candidate for some jobs, including Wake Forest. Tedford played at Fresno State and was an assistant there, and is deeply rooted in California. He may want to wait to see how that plays out before making a decision on Wyoming — or any other job. There even has been some chatter about Tedford being a candidate at Washington.
Efforts to contact Tedford Wednesday were unsuccessful by WyoSports.
Oakland Raiders receivers coach and former Wyoming player and assistant coach Ted Gilmore, Sam Houston State coach Willie Fritz and former Kansas coach Mark Mangino appear to be other candidates for UW as of now.