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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Video: Nick Carlson and Luke Ruff

Wyoming senior center Nick Carlson, left, and senior safety Luke Ruff talk about their careers to this point, and how they want to end them during Mountain West Football Media day functions Tuesday in Las Vegas.

You can also see this video and the complete story on these two on WyoSports.net. See the complete story, and how MW coaches reacted to the NCAA’s punishment on Penn State … along with other conference news and notes … in Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.