Sunday, November 30, 2008

Reports: Christensen to be named UW football coach

According to various local and national sources, Missouri offensive coordinator Dave Christensen will be named the head coach of Wyoming. Christensen would replace Joe Glenn, who was fired at the end of the season after six years at the helm.

According to, the Casper Star-Tribune and the Laramie Boomerang, Christensen flew to Wyoming with his wife Saturday night after Missouri lost to Kansas in Kansas City. He arrived in Laramie on a University of Wyoming private plane. He spent the night in Laramie and met with school officials. He returned to Columbia on Sunday to attend a Missouri senior banquet but is expected back for a press conference, which is said to be scheduled for Monday.

Christensen has been a coach on Gary Pinkel's staff since starting at Toledo in 1992. He served as an assistant coach at Idaho State and the University of Washington. Christensen also played at Washington in 1980-82.

In 2007, Missouri's offense scored a school-record 558 points and ranked in the top 10 in the nation in scoring offense, passing offense and total offense. Christensen was a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award last season, which is given to the nation's best assistant coach.

Under Glenn, Wyoming finished 30-41 (15-31 in Mountain West Conference play), including a 4-8 (1-7 MWC) record this season to finish eighth in the conference after being picked to finish fourth and even contend for the conference championship.

The Cowboys had just two bowl-eligible seasons, though they were only invited to a bowl during the 2004 campaign. They finished 7-5 with a Las Vegas Bowl win.

Nebraska wide receiver coach Ted Gilmore, a former Wyoming player and assistant coach and former Wyoming assistant coach John L. Smith were also candidates for the position.

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