by Keith Kelley–3 Nov ’16
The Wyoming football team is sitting 6-2 overall and 4-0 in the Mountain West Conference. That’s a far cry from where they’ve been the last two years. With the Cowboy’s success, come rumors about their head coaches’ future. Craig Bohl’s name came up in a Lincoln, Nebraska newspaper, as a possible replacement at Purdue. Bohl says he will not address rumors on employment. But if the emotion he showed during last Saturday’s ground-breaking of the new High Altitdue Training Center were any indication, he’s happy to be in Laramie and looking forward to the building something special.
“Those tears that I shed, I’m not going to apologize about those tears…..that came from my heart. When you’re passionate, sometimes tears come out. I think about people in our state, you know, last year there were a lot of nay-sayers that were out there. I can tell you the McMurray family never wavered. Governor Mead never wavered. And there’s a whole countless group of other people. And I’m firmly convinced that there’s greatness here.”
But the price to keep Bohl in Laramie may go up, as he is in year three of a five-year deal. University of Wyoming Athletic Director Tom Burman says they are aware of what they may need to do.
“We’re going to do everything in our power to pay Coach Bohl a competitive rate, and make him comfortable so he wants to finish his career at the University of Wyoming. I know Coach Bohl’s number one concern will be his assistant coaches, and we’ve got work to do there.” Burman adds, “There are people that could say ‘no Tom, you can’t because of this, this and this’. And I’m just going to keep knocking on the doors, and saying ‘we have to, we have to, we have to’, and figure out a way to get it done.”
Wyoming host Utah State Saturday night in Laramie. Kickoff at War Memorial Stadium is set for 8:15 pm.