Two questions came to mind when Wyoming basketball player Austin Conway decided to give football a try were:
Is Conway still on the basketball team after being one of five players cited for drug use by police prior to the Mountain West Tournament? All five were suspended for the rest of the season?
Was his decision based on coach Larry Shyatt stepping down and the hiring Shyatt assistant Allen Edwards?
“Not at all,” said Conway during a recent interview.
I will have more on Conway’s decision to give football a shot in Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and the story also will be posted at wyosports.net.
Edwards was hired on March 21. He’s been on the job for two weeks, and spend a lot of last week at the Final Four in Houston, where most college coaches gather.
In fact, Conway had high praise for Edwards and his promotion to lead the Cowboys’ basketball program.
“When I was being recruited by Wyoming, (current assistant coach) Jeremy Shyatt and coach Edwards were the two guys I could talk to, besides coach Larry,” Conway said. “Coach Edwards is a great guy. He’s very enthusiatic about the program. He has high energy and a high motor, and he demands that out of his players.
“I’ve always been excited going to practice to talk to coach Edwards. Anytime I was talking to him, I was fired up. If coach Edwards could fire up one guy, he could fire up the entire team. There’s been no let off. He said we’re going to hit the weight room, the class room and prepare for next season. If I am on the basketball team next season and speaking on that behalf, coach Edwards is a guy you want to play for.”
I am supposed to talk with Edwards later this week, so look for and update on how his first couple of weeks on the job are going in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and at wyosports.net.