Posted December 01, 2013

Wyoming’s Dave Christensen officially out as Cowboys coach

Coaching Carousel, Dave Christensen, Mountain West, Wyoming Cowboys
(Nati Harnik/AP)

Dave Christensen’s Cowboys went 5-7 in 2013, with losses in five of their last six games. (Nati Harnik/AP)

After starting the season 4-2 with an almost-upset of Nebraska in there, Wyoming’s football season collapsed. The team lost five of its last six games, and the lone win came in overtime over 1-11 Hawaii. Even with talented quarterback Brett Smith and injuries ravaging other Mountain West foes, there would be no bowl game. Now a day after the regular season ended for the Cowboys, it seems as though Dave Christensen’s run at Wyoming is also over.

Football Scoop originally reported that Christensen was meeting with athletic director Tom Burman on Sunday, and that meeting allegedly won’t bring good news, with Football Scoop and later USA Today’s Dan Wolken reporting Christensen was stepping down. In five years with Wyoming, Christensen went 27-35 and led the Cowboys to multiple bowl games.

Wyoming made it official just after 5 p.m. ET.

In an attempt to fix the situation down the stretch, the Cowboys fired defensive coordinator Chris Tormey after a two-game stretch in which Wyoming lost to Colorado State and San Jose State by a combined score of 103-66. The team allowed an average of 46.75 points in the games post-Tormey’s firing. SB Nation’s Steven Godfrey visited Laramie in November and wrote about the state of Wyoming athletics. Notable was the review of both the basketball and football programs ordered by new president Bob Sternberg.

Per Godfrey: 

“There were a lot of heads in the sand. People thought certain things were acceptable, and they were wrong,” Sternberg tells me Sunday afternoon. “You can talk about the altitude and the cold and the distance from a particular airport, but the reality is that we’re not where we want to be. It’s not like this is the first year football hasn’t been where we want it to be. It’s a trend.”

The Cowboys decided to stop that trend, and it’s not clear where Christensen will be in 2014.

6 comments
Cougarblue
Cougarblue

Wyoming is not one of the plush jobs in college football. I have been told, although I can't prove it personally, that while Laramie isn't the end of the earth, you can see it from there. Its also my understanding that every ten years they check the earth's inner temperature with a rectal thermometer, from just outside the place. The old saying was that the coaches loved the city but their wives and children HATED the isolation and over time would work on their hubbies to get out. If the Wyo AD has a brain in his head, he'd have Jim Leavitt, ex-coach and founder of the South Florida program, #1 on his speed dial. The man works miracles, had his squad in the top 25 and the top 10 often, before being thrown out like week old coffee grinds in a player claims abuse case. He, as the Pirate before him have done their years of penance and now it's time to get back into coaching. Ordinarily the school has tapped the Big Sky which hasn't worked out well re: Joe Glenn and Christenson. The school doesn't have great attendance but other than Boise St and Fresno the balance of the conference averages 17,000-22,000 for home games and this isn't the SEC or even the children's table at the SEC, so a new guy can win quickly vs mediocre competition. The entire 12 teams did not have even one win, at season's end over a non-conference FBS team having a winning record. If not for the FCS, Idaho, Army, New Mexico St and UTEP, the 12 teams didn't beat anybody.

dandogwood
dandogwood

So glad this loser is out of football at Wyoming

dandogwood
dandogwood

Christensen is a jerk who cussed out the Air Force Coach and is a loser. glad to see this piece of dung fired at Wyoming. No team should want this low belly crawler on their staff. Good riddance  to a terrible man.

Cougarblue
Cougarblue

Whoops, the man was not from the Big Sky, however many before him were, my mistake

MattRowland
MattRowland

@dandogwood One instance makes you a bad person? Dave was nothing but class when he was Missouri's offensive coordinator.