How's everybody doing today? Certainly a busy week for UW athletics. Who's got the first question?
Hey, Pokes. I wasn't overly concerned. Wyoming had some trouble to JSU's halfcourt trap midway through the first half, and that threw them off their rhythm a bit. It's also clear they're still adjusting to the new foul rules. But they won the rebounding battle and got to the free throw line, big keys for this team.
Brett and DC have been very close in the past. I think Brett still likes DC, but his confidence is clearly lacking. Brett admitted after the last game that his confidence is low right now. It's possible that he's losing faith in DC, not sure. But Brett is certainly not in a great place right now. He takes losses so hard, and he blames himself for a lot of it. He needs a win badly.
I think there's a good chance DC loses his job if they lose to Hawaii, though it still wouldn't be till after the season. And by the way, this could be the most dangerous 0-10 team in the history of sports. But as for Bohls, that could be difficult. I think people are forgetting that very few people probably want to come to Wyoming right now, considering the EXTREME turmoil in the president's office.
At this point, firing DC would certainly be warranted. But who are you going to get to come in? Potential coaches see a lower salary, one of the smallest budgets in the Mountain West, a geographic location that makes it difficult to recruit, and no current support in the president's office. It'll be a very difficult pitch.
I think chances are, if they fire DC they'll get someone few people have heard of -- a young, passionate coach with lots to prove.
I think the main reason for that is that very few good things have happened in the last month. What has there been to show fire about. If you guys remember, he was very animated and excited after the two rushing TDs against New Mexico. Right now, his confidence is wavering. If he has a good game against Hawaii, I'd guess you'd see a LOT of fire. Like a damn breaking.
I agree about the team being woefully underfunded. If you look at the numbers from the report re: the amount the university has spent on athletics compared to other universities, it's ridiculous. And the money thing isn't Burman's fault for the most part. He's said publicly that they need more money to be great. The issue right now is that there is no confidence in the Board of Trustees, who have failed in multiple presidential searches. And in turn, the state legislature hasn't been very generous with UW. It's a mess, James.
I can't see Burman going, even if he probably deserves it. And here's the key reason: who's going to fire him? The only person with that power is the president, and UW doesn't currently have one. There's no permanent person above him to enforce that. McGinity certainly won't, he just wants things to calm down right now.
I'll even use caps this time. IT'S A MESS. And while the athletics part is disappointing, the university has some major issues right now that extend far beyond sports. It's disappointing.
I agree, I just think there's got to be a breaking point somewhere. If UW loses to Hawaii, finishes on a 6-game losing streak and goes 4-8 for two straight years, it'll be very hard to ignore that. But with that said, Burman has in the past put all his eggs in the DC basket. If he fires DC, he is definitely admitting his own mistake.
But even so, with that said, there's no one there right now to get rid of Burman. So I wouldn't be surprised if DC stays or goes. It's in Burman's hands.
I'm expecting it to be a defensive display. Ohio State is a great, disciplined defensive squad, and they're top scorer is only averaging just over 13 points per game. The team that hits a few 3's and avoids fouls will probably win. It'll be an uphill battle for the Pokes, but not impossible.
I certainly think he could have done a better job, James. However, the facility upgrades he hast started is a huge positive for the programs, and he has had to raise a lot of money to get that underway. So he has accomplished a few big things since he's been here. I think his biggest weaknesses have been in iffy hires.
With the recent renovations to the WAR, the building of the indoor practice facility, the construction of the indoor golf facility and the future A-A overhaul, that's a big-time move for the program. It's probably Burman's biggest plus in his time as AD.
No doubt. It's an embarrassing for UW nationally. Look at all the deans that stepped down, all because of a president who is no longer here. Nothing like this has happened in UW's history. It'll affect sports, but it'll also affect a lot more.
Personally, I know he wants another chance to get back into coaching, but I never got the sense he was considering staying at UW. However, I know that he and DC have played each other a lot in the past and they have a lot of mutual respect. If DC stays, there's an outside chance Young could be the guy. If DC is fired, I see no way Young stays on board.
Ha, at least that would give a boost for UW's national attention. And while he can't coach, Kiffin has always recruited well. The negatives, of course: he's a horrible role model, and he can't coach.
I think that's realistically what UW would need to do if Christensen stays, because for his sake they need to win RIGHT NOW. And with so few defensive players that they've used this year, that's indeed an indictment of the HS guys they've recruited. Plain and simple, they haven't recruited defensive players well at all.
Stanton was a big JC find, and I think Tyran Finley would also have been a player had he not gotten hurt. They want to find 8 more of those guys that can put a band aid on the problem immediately.
Yes and no. We knew he'd be a starter and big contributor this year. But he's shooting above 50% from behind the arc so far. I don't think anybody would predict that. Shyatt loves his attitude and basketball IQ as well. I didn't think he'd lead the team in scoring, but if he keeps shooting like this it's hard to see the numbers dropping.
As for him looking uninterested, I think he has made a concerted effort to control his emotions since the AFA outburst, and rightly so. I think he wants to be a head coach and to win. But if he's fired, I think he'll take an OC job before he becomes a HC somewhere else. And there is a lot of respect for him across the country. He'd be able to get a OC job at a fairly major program very quickly.
James: I laughed at that comment. I LOVE your attitude. It's hard to judge Barnes right now, since he put up big numbers last year in HS but has only played two years. However, Sellers will play a fair amount this season, and he's certainly not a skilled big man. So if Barnes is an athletic kid and a fast learner, which he seems to be, I could see him breaking the rotation at some point next season.
Can't argue with that. I'd say Shyatt's most recent class is his strongest since he's been here, so there could be some good days ahead for Wyoming basketball. #gowyo
I think the NIT is a legitimate possibility. This is such a young team that I don't see them making a run at the top of the conference, but they should surprise some folks. I think they'll play better in conference this year. And plus, there are some other programs that are much worse this year.
See: Air Force, CSU. And San Jose State and Nevada both won't be very good as well.
Hard to say. My colleague at the CST, Jack Nowlin, has covered the ladies more than I have so far, so he'd probably have a better idea. But I haven't heard any word of a possible return.
I'll have to check on that. I know Shyatt said the class is complete now, but I don't know how it'll all shake out. It was presumed that the three guys they signed will be scholarship guys though, obviously.
Very well. They were picked in the preseason to finish second in the conference, and I can see that happening. If they can get scoring from others beside Woodward -- like Marquelle Dent, who had a huge game recently -- they could make a nice run.
Yep, the wrestling team keeps chugging along. Have to give them a lot of credit for topping Boise on the road on Friday. I heard they showed clips of the wrestling match during the football game, but the clips ESPN showed made it look like BSU won. Typical.
Any last minute questions? We've got about four minutes left.
You too, Pride. Thanks for stopping by, as always.
All right guys, that's all the time we have. Thanks for jumping on the chat, as always! See you next week.