UW football coaching search: Day 3

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.

  • WyoKA

    RG, IMO, Mangino is the best choice. He revived a Kansas program which, in all honesty, is the Wyoming of the Big12. Hard to get recruits there as opposed to Texas, Oklahoma, and even Kansas State among others. The Wyoming fans seem to want him as well, which, for the Wyo AD, Should put him on the top of the list. It seems as though he is who Wyoming fans want. RG; Is he a good enough recruiter to pull it off? I believe he is a good enough coach. But can he get the talent to compete with the likes of Fresno State, Boise State, and San Diego State eventually? I think recruiting prowess should be a huge factor in this coaching hire. Coach must have solid recruiting credentials. Anywho, Mangino is my pick.

  • MJS

    What can you tell me about Willie Fritz. What is his record and where else has he coached??

  • AJordan

    I am sure Burman is out interviewing but do you happen to know where he is and who he has interviewed?

    • rgagliardi

      Not sure where he is at right now, trying to track some flights but can’t narrow it down right now. … As for Fritz, he is 40-14 at SHS in his fourth year. In the FCS playoffs for the third straight year and lost in the title game in 2011 and 2012. Was at DII Central Missouri before this and was 97-47 there.

      RG