Wyoming vs. Fresno State football – pregame primer

The final home game for Wyoming is at noon Saturday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium against Fresno State. The game will be televised by AT&T SportsNet (used to be ROOT Sports).

Here is my No. 1 key to the game for the Cowboys:

Josh Allen

Be diverse offensively: On paper, Wyoming is going up against one of the best defenses in the country in Fresno State. The Cowboys need to be creative in what they do offensively. That doesn’t mean come out with a lot of trick plays, or get away from its identity offensively. But depending on the health status of junior quarterback Josh Allen, offensive coordinator Brent Vigen needs to come up with a plan that keeps Fresno State’s defense on its heels. Establishing the run would be a good start, which is key for any game UW plays. Even if Allen plays, limiting the hits he takes is crucial. If junior backup Nick Smith starts or plays, he must be put in situations where he can be successful. Ultimately, UW’s other play-makers, whether that be receivers, running backs or tight ends, must make more plays. Would a trick play or two, or even some different looks or formations work? Perhaps, but the Cowboys also can’t completely reinvent the wheel. There needs to be a balance between the two.

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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 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.”

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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?