Salaries for college assistant football coaches

USA Today came out with a data base of assistant coaches salaries at the Football Bowl Subdivision level for the 2013 season.

Here is the link:

It’s interesting to look at this and see Wyoming ranked last among Mountain West schools in total money paid to assistants at $925,044 for this past season. That figure will go up to $1,085,000 next season as UW added $160,000 to the assistant coaching pool for newly hired coach Craig Bohl.

However, UW athletics director Tom Burman said Sunday UW wasn’t the lowest in the league because it depends on what schools count as part of their assistant coaching staff. Some can include a director of operations, recruiting coordinator and a video director. This data base does not, at least not all of them.

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Young ready to help UW defense any way he can

Bill Young, Wyoming’s new quality control staff member in football, got to Laramie Sunday and was quickly put to work.

“I was up at 3:45 a.m. (Monday morning) because Jamar is a worker,” Young said with a laugh about interim UW defensive coordinator Jamar Cain.

The uniform combination for Wyoming's home game with Fresno State Saturday, which UW is promoting as a "white out" game. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

The uniform combination for Wyoming’s home game with Fresno State Saturday, which UW is promoting as a “white out” game. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

Part of the reason Young was up that early is because UW practices during the morning hours this season. The long-time defensive coach and defensive coordinator at the college level attended UW’s Monday morning practice.

So what exactly does a quality control staff member do?

First, Young is not a full-time staff member. NCAA rules allow colleges to have nine full-time assistant coaches. Even though UW fired defensive coordinator Chris Tormey last week, it promoted graduate assistant Dwain Crawford to full-time status for the rest of the season to help cornerbacks coach Renaldo Hill with UW’s defensive backs.

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Thoughts on the firing of defensive coordinator Chris Tormey

The decision was made late Monday night, and the word came out early Tuesday morning that Wyoming defensive coordinator Chris Tormey was fired.

I am not surprised this was done, but I didn’t think it would happen now. Christensen hasn’t been a guy that has fired coaches during the season since he’s been at UW. But if there was a time to do it, perhaps it was now since the Cowboys don’t have a game this week.

Here is the statement Tormey sent me via email Tuesday afternoon about the decision:

“After a promising start to our season we clearly struggled on defense recently. While there have been a variety of factors that have played into it, as defensive coordinator I am ultimately responsible for what happens on the field on game day. I have accepted Coach Christensen’s decision and thanked him for the opportunity. I will miss the players that I have coached and recruited during my time here. They are a tremendous group of young men. My hope is that the Cowboys will finish strong this season and enjoy much success in the future.”

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VIDEO: Cowboys Coaches Clinic: Chris Tormey

This is the eighth of a season-long series of video interviews with University of Wyoming football coaches, and how they teach and coach certain aspects of the game. This one features defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Tormey.

Tormey has safeties Darrenn White, Xavier Lewis, Tim Kamana and B.J. Hendrix go through some drills, and also features graduate assistant Dwain Crawford.

Check back to this blog on week’s Wyoming has a game for this feature.

VIDEO: Chris Tormey

Wyoming defensive coordinator Chris Tormey talks about the defense’s struggles in last week’s 42-21 loss at Texas State and the first of two bye weeks for the Cowboys this week during this interview done on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 in Laramie, Wyo.

Can Wyoming’s defense improve after last week’s game? See WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s column in Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and at

Unbalanced offense not good for UW

For the first time this season Wyoming’s offense was not balanced, and the results showed in a 42-21 loss at Texas State last Saturday.

There were other factors on defense that led to the loss, too, but I will address those later.

UW had a season-low 64 yards rushing, compared to 292 yards passing. It also ran 29 run plays and 48 pass plays.

Texas State’s defense had a lot to do with that, and also the fact UW trailed by double-digits much of the second half and needed to throw the ball to try and get back into the game.

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UW-Texas State what they are saying

Quotes and comments from the University of Wyoming’s 42-21 loss at Texas State Saturday night.

— “Pathetic.” — from @MarkMstacy via Twitter.

— “Refs, weather and not much effort. Doesn’t look good for (the) Pokes tonight.” — from @johnywyo via Twitter.

— “Wow. Wyoming getting butts whipped with ZERO effort.” — from @beaufodacious via Twitter.

— “You should write a ‘choose your own journey’ story about what you think will happen in this game and publish it.” — from @WyoNationDotCom during the 3 hour, 28 minute weather delay.

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VIDEO: Chris Tormey

Wyoming defensive coordinator Chris Tormey talks about the challenges for his defense this week heading into its Mountain West opener at Air Force, and also the challenges of his defense being on the field more this season based on the team’s faster-paced offense. The interview was done on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 in Laramie, Wyo.

Read Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to, for how UW’s fast-paced offense could be putting more pressure on the defense.

Rain does not stop Cowboys at practice

There was rain early and late.

But it didn’t stop the Wyoming football team from practicing outside at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium Tuesday morning.

“There was no lightning and we have to play in it,” coach Dave Christensen said.

UW does not have a game on its schedule this season indoors, and it played a little bit in the rain in last Saturday’s 42-10 home win over Idaho. The forecast for Saturday’s home game with Northern Colorado calls for a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms, with a high of 67 degrees.

Some other news and notes from practice:

–Sophomore center Rafe Kiely split reps with the No. 1 offense with junior starter Albert Perez. Redshirt freshman guard Chase Roullier took most of the snaps at left guard for senior Tyler Strong, who was in a red, no contact jersey. Perez and Strong are expected to start against Northern Colorado.

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