All quiet on search for UW’s new football coach

One word to describe the search for a new football coach at the University of Wyoming — quiet.

Jeff Tedford

Jeff Tedford

Former California coach Jeff Tedford emerged as a candidate earlier this week, but there is no word on the progress or interest between Tedford and UW. Numerous phone messages left for Tedford by WyoSports have not been returned.

Ted Gilmore

Ted Gilmore

A source told WyoSports that former UW player and assistant coach Ted Gilmore expects to get an interview, but that has not happened yet. Gilmore is the receivers coach for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, and also has been an assistant coach at the college level at Kansas, Houston, Purdue, Nebraska, Colorado and USC.

Gilmore drew interest from UW after it fired Joe Glenn after the 2008 season.

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UW football coaching search: Day 3

Bruce Feldman, senior college football columnist from, 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.”

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UW football coaching search update

As the second day of Wyoming’s search for a new football coach concludes, one person seems to be emerging as a solid candidate.

Former California coach Jeff Tedford.

Jeff Tedford

Jeff Tedford

Sources tell me that UW has made contact with Tedford, 52, and at least initially there is some interest from him.

Tedford coached Cal fro 2002-12, and is the school’s record-holder for most wins with 82. He was 82-57 there and 5-3 in bowl games. His 2006 team won the Pac-10 title. Tedford also was the offensive coordinator at Oregon before landing the head job at Cal. He also coached at Fresno State and the in the Canadian Football League.

Former Kansas coach Mark Mangino’s name is gaining momentum among fans right now. He is an assistant coach at Youngstown State and has said he wants to get back to being a head coach.

Two names that appear to be out of the running is North Dakota State coach Craig Bohl and Colorado School of Mines coach Bob Stitt.

Still early in the process, but it appears the leader in the clubhouse is Tedford.

What do you think, folks? Would this be a good hire for UW if it comes to to that?

Burman talks about UW football coaching search

Wyoming athletics director Tom Burman talked to the media for about 20 minutes Monday about the firing of football coach Dave Christensen Sunday, and the process of finding a new coach.

Here are some notes and quotes from his news conference:

–Burman said he didn’t know until Sunday that he would fire Christensen, but also looked at the last four or five games and how the team competed. UW lost five of its last six games and lost four of them by between 28 and 38 points.

–Burman said as of now he won’t hire a search firm, and “likely won’t even bring candidates on campus” for interviews. He said there won’t be an official search committee, but will draw help and feedback from staff members in the athletics department. Burman also said he has reached out to former UW coaches and administrators who “we trust,” such as former football coach Joe Tiller.

–Burman said it would be ideal for the next coach to have college head coaching experience, but it won’t be a “deal-killer” if that’s not the case.

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Christensen fired as UW football coach

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).

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