UW-UNLV Q&A swap

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer swap with Mark Anderson, who covers UNLV football for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Anderson answers five questions Gagliardi gave him about UNLV, and then Gagliardi answers five questions Anderson had about Wyoming.

Look for Q&As with writers who cover the opponents of the University of Wyoming football program every Friday.

Question:┬áThis will be UNLV’s final home game but will it be the final home game for coach Bobby Hauck, who is 6-30 in nearly three full seasons?

Answer: No, Bobby Hauck will return next season. Athletic director Jim Livengood said two weeks ago he had seen enough progress, despite the record, that warrants sticking with Hauck.

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UW football Media Monday

Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen called it a “statement drive.”

The Cowboys didn’t score on the 13-play drive, and the longest play was eight yards.

But UW ran out the final 6:48 of the game in its 45-31 win over Colorado State last Saturday with 12 runs and only one pass.

It capped off an offensive effort for the Cowboys where they ran for 228 yards and threw for 240.

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UW football Media Monday

He was humbled by the experience, sorry that it happened and grateful to be back.

Wyoming coach Dave Christensen was all of that Monday, which was his first time talking to the media since he was suspended by UW last week for the Oct. 13 tirade after the Air Force game. Christensen returned to work Sunday.

“Not being able to coach this football team was probably the most difficult pill I’ve ever had to swallow,” he said.

“These players mean the world to me. There’s no one else to blame for what happened except for myself. I also ask for forgiveness and an opportunity to move on and make the best of a bad situation.

“I’m sorry for it. I regret it and now I’m gong to move on.”

For more on Christensen’s return and his comments, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and also log on to www.wyosports.net.

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UW goes inside to simulate Fresno heat

Wyoming’s first practice of the week to get ready for its road game at Fresno State Tuesday was held in its indoor practice facility.

There was a storm brewing over Laramie as practice started, and the wind was blowing pretty good. But that wasn’t the reason.

The reason was weather UW expects to face at Fresno, even with a 8:30 p.m. start (7:30 p.m. in Fresno). The weather forecast is for high of 85 degrees, which should be in the 70s during the game. Humidity levels are expected to be near 50 percent.

Heaters were turned up in the indoor practice facility Tuesday to make it feel warm and stuffy. Christensen said he hoped to get it up to about 80 degrees.

UW will practice indoors Wednesday.

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Media Monday wrap for UW football

The Mountain West won’t hand down any punishment to Wyoming sophomore quarterback Brett Smith for being ejected in last Saturday’s 35-28 overtime loss at Nevada. Smith was ejected from the game midway through the fourth quarter after getting his second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Coach Dave Christensen also won’t be disciplined by the MW for his comments after the game on Smith’s second penalty. This is what he said: “He’s running off the field and is three yards from the sideline and takes his helmet off and he gets kicked out of the game? That’s unbelievable. The (official) said he swore. Do we think people don’t swear out there? That’s remarkable you can have that kind of impact.”

Smith talked candidly about the game Monday, and apologized for being emotional after the game. For more on that, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and to see the video interview go to www.wyosports.net or check back here to the blog.

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UW media Monday wrap

The big news, or biggest topic everyone wants to know about hasn’t changed. Sophomore starting quarterback Brett Smith is still doubtful for Saturday’s game at Idaho after his head injury against Toledo on Sept. 8. Junior Colby Kirkegaard is listed as the starter, followed by true freshman Jason Thompson and then Smith.

However, coach Dave Christensen said there’s a possibility that all three could play, and that he won’t name a starter until game time Saturday at Idaho, which is 3 p.m.

So, Smith-Watch 2012 will continue for at least another week.

Want to know how Kirkegaard graded out on film after his first start of his career last week against Cal Poly, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, or long on to wyosports.net.

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