Another day, another “hurry up and wait” to hear who the next Wyoming men’s basketball coach will be.
It looked like it would be Larry Shyatt for much of Wednesday, but he didn’t get off an airplane with UW’s in-house search committee late in the night.
But a source close to the situation told me this morning that Shyatt is still the favorite, and a decision could come as early as today. Other local and national reports out there confirm this.
Then again, it might not.
UW’s search committee was in Atlanta Wednesday interviewing candidates. Along with Shyatt, a source told me it also interviewed Kansas assistant Joe Dooley, Old Dominion coach Blaine Taylor and College of Southern Idaho coach Steve Gosar.
Dooley was an assistant at UW for one season. Gosar is a Wyoming native, a former UW player and graduate assistant. Taylor has family in Wyoming and used to coach at Montana.
And we all know by know Shyatt coached UW in 1997-98 and left for Clemson after one season.
UW athletics director Tom Burman didn’t come back to Laramie with the search committee, which includes President Tom Buchanan, associate athletics directors Kevin McKinney and Matt Whisenant, women’s basketball coach Joe Legerski and former UW and NBA player Reggie Slater. (Slater lives in the Houston area and also wasn’t on the return trip to Laramie last night).
McKinney said Burman planned to attend Final Four festivites in Houston this weekend. Perhaps he needed a night to sleep on who he should hire as the next coach. Is it indeciviness, uncertainty or did something unexpectdly happen during the interviews that has made Burman think more about this decision?
Perhaps its a little of everything. One thing is certain, Burman’s not making a hasty decision which at this point is wise.