Can’t say it was surprising to hear Wyoming fired Heath Schroyer.
But the timing was surprising as UW pulled the plug on Schroyer late Monday afternoon.
Athletics director Tom Burman told me last season at about this time, and as recently as a couple of weeks ago he would wait until the end of the season to make a decision on Schroyer, or at very least evaluate where things stand.
It’s safe to say that Schroyer would have been fired at season’s end if the team continued its losing ways. UW is 8-15 overall, 1-8 in the Mountain West and has lost six straight. Even if UW won out I don’t know if that would have saved Schroyer’s job.
But something happended recently to change Burman’s mind to let Schroyer go now. What that was remains a mystery. Maybe he will tell us during a teleconference Tuesday at 11 a.m.
What do you all think of the timing of this firing? I know many of you have expressed that you wanted it done sooner than later? Now that it’s done, what do you think?
I tried to get a hold of numerous players tonight, but all I got was voice mail. Will be interesting to see how they react here on out.
I liked Schroyer and liked what he tried to do. His best years were supposed to come with strong sophomore and junior classes. Injuries derailed some of those goals, and perhaps poor judgement and decisions as well by Schroyer and even Burman when he extended Schroyer two years back to a five-year contract after a 19-14 record in the 2008-09 season.
Burman has fired three coaches with three years left on contracts — Schroyer, former men’s hoops coach Steve McClain and football coach Joe Glenn. Not a good precedent to set, but in Schroyer’s case Burman hired him.
Fred Langley will coach the team the rest of the season. He’s been Schroyer’s top assistant since both arrived in March of 2007. How do you think he will do? Do you think he can get this team to play any better?
Funny thing is, despite home losses to No. 7 BYU and Colorado State last week by a combined 10 points, UW played some of its best basketball in those games — at least defensively. The after-the-game handshake between Schroyer and CSU coach Tim Miles was longer than normal with some dialogue, and Miles came out and defended Schroyer to the media saying Schroyer needed more time with all the injuries he’s had to endure.
Perhaps the CSU game was the do-or-die game — beat your rival at home and live to see another day, or lose and hit the road.
But if that was the case, then why would Schroyer be on the Monday MWC coaches teleconference like normal? Schroyer was on the call and it was business as usual. There was no hint in his voice that something like this was going down.
Several names have been thrown around as possible replacements for Schroyer. See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle www.wyomingnews.com and Laramie Boomerang www.laramieboomerang.com for some names I believe UW should and will look at, and for more analysis on this firing.