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Avoiding complacency? UW sports under review

LARAMIE (AP) — University of Wyoming President Bob Sternberg has hired an outside consultant to evaluate the football and men’s basketball programs, a process that has been underway for weeks but is becoming public knowledge after an embarrassing football loss last weekend.

The football team lost to rival Colorado State 52-22 on Saturday. Not since 1922 had Wyoming allowed CSU to score more than 50 points.

“It’s not only about the league play. It’s about our special relationship with Colorado State. So I think that every University of Wyoming fan was very disappointed,” Sternberg said. “But I think it’s modifiable. We need to do better, and I’m optimistic that we will do better.”

He said he’d wanted the football team (4-3 overall, 2-1 Mountain West Conference) to be doing better by this point in the season.

“We’re not, and so it makes sense to get some advice about what we can do to optimize our resources,” he said.

All aspects of the football program are up for evaluation, including coaches, day-to-day operations, facilities and recruiting, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.

Under the Sept. 6 contract agreement, the university will pay Collegiate Sports Associates $35,000 and expect a final report by Nov. 15.

The funding comes out of the president’s budget. Sternberg didn’t seek university Board of Trustees approval but did consult with trustees.

“The bringing in of someone to give views from the outside is not something that is taken lightly in any way,” trustees President David Bostrom told the Star-Tribune on Thursday.

Consultants visited the campus in Laramie on Oct. 2 and 3 and spoke with athletic director Tom Burman, football coach Dave Christensen and men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt.

“I met with them for a few hours, I would say, during those two days,” Burman said Wednesday. “And they met with multiple staff members and multiple constituents across campus and in the community. But as far as how it went, I think it went very smooth.”

Burman said he feels “very confident in how we operate.”

“Obviously, we want to be more successful competitively, but I would be surprised if the report found anything negative in how we operate our programs,” he said.

Christensen and Shyatt declined to comment.


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