Thursday, July 23, 2009

Texas game to sell out

In what has been called the biggest game in University of Wyoming football history, a sellout is expected when the Cowboys host the Texas Longhorns on Sept. 12.

Only 150 season tickets remain available for purchase to the 2009 Wyoming football season. They are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are expected to be sold out by Aug. 1. Fans who want to assure themselves a seat in War Memorial Stadium to the Wyoming-Texas game are encouraged to contact the UW Athletics Ticket Office as soon as possible to purchase season tickets. There will likely not be any single-game tickets available for the Texas game.

Single-game tickets for Wyoming’s other five home games versus BYU, TCU, Weber State, UNLV and New Mexico will go on sale Monday, July 27.

Tickets may be purchased by going online at: or by calling (800) 922-9461.

In addition to the excitement generated by the Texas game, the hiring of new Wyoming head football coach Dave Christensen and a home schedule that includes two other teams, BYU and TCU, that joined Texas in the final BCS Top 25 rankings from last season has resulted in a new school record being set for season tickets sold at Wyoming.

A total of 7,837 season tickets had been purchased for the 2009 Wyoming Football season as of Thursday, July 23. The previous Wyoming season-ticket record was 6,887 season tickets sold in 1999.

“It has been exciting to see the response from our fans,” said UW Athletics Director Tom Burman. “Soon after signing the deal with Texas, I know there was some concern that Texas fans would be buying up tickets to this game, but it has been Wyoming fans who have driven the growth in our season-ticket numbers this season.”

Less than 2 percent of 2009 season tickets sold through the UW Athletics Ticket Office were purchased by fans who could be identified from the state of Texas. The University of Texas was provided 3,800 single-game tickets to sell to their fans per the original contract between the two schools.

Season-ticket renewals for the 2009 Wyoming football season began on Jan. 16. The process in which tickets were made available to fans follows.

1. Season-ticket holders from the 2008 season were given the opportunity to renew their season tickets first, beginning on Jan. 16, 2009. As previous season-ticket holders, they were also given an opportunity to purchase the same number of single-game tickets to the Texas game as they had season tickets. For example, a 2008 season-ticket holder renewing four season tickets was also given an opportunity to buy four single-game tickets to the Texas game.

2. Season tickets were made available to anyone wishing to purchase new season tickets, beginning on Feb. 2.

3. At the end of May, Cowboy Joe Club members were given an opportunity to order additional single-game tickets to the Texas game at a price of $55 per ticket. These single-game tickets were in addition to the season tickets already renewed or purchased by Cowboy Joe Club members.

4. The orders of single-game tickets to the Texas game by Cowboy Joe Club members are still being processed based on Cowboy Joe Club donation level, CJC priority points and availability of tickets. Cowboy Joe Club members will be notified in the near future regarding their requests for single-game tickets.

Additional bleachers are being added to the north and south endzones for the Texas game only to help meet the demand. Approximately 1,700 bleacher seats are being added to the south endzone, and approximately 840 bleacher seats are being added to the north endzone.

Single-Game Tickets
Due to the overwhelming demand, the UW Athletics Department will not have any single-game tickets for the Texas game available for sale at this time.

The only single-game tickets that may go on sale the week of the Texas game would be if University of Wyoming students do not pick up all of the tickets allocated for them to that game. A total of 7,000 tickets are allocated for UW students to each Wyoming home game. They are available on a first-come, first-serve basis to eligible UW Students.

In order to pick up a ticket to the Texas game, eligible UW students will have to show their UW student I.D. at the UW Bookstore Buy Back Windows in the lower level of the bookstore, which is located in the Wyoming Student Union. Those Texas single-game student tickets will be available for pick up Mondays through Fridays from Monday, Aug. 24 to Friday, Sept. 4. Eligible UW students do not have to pay for tickets. No guest tickets will be available to students for the Texas game. Eligible UW students will have to bring that game ticket and their UW student I.D. to the game on Sept. 12 to gain admittance.

If there are unused UW student tickets remaining after Friday, Sept. 4, then those tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, Sept. 7, beginning at 9 a.m. at a cost of $55 per ticket.

2009 Ticket Prices
1. Season tickets -- $168.00 per ticket
2. Family Plan (Four Tickets) -- 100.00 per ticket
3. Cowboy 3-Pack -- 72.00 per ticket (For three home games, excluding the Texas game)
4. Single-Game Adult Tickets* -- 28.00 per ticket (For Adults)
5. Single-Game Youth Tickets* -- 14.00 per ticket (For Children ages 3-18)
*There are not currently single-game tickets available for purchase by the general public to the Texas game. If they become available the week of the game, the price for the Texas single-game tickets would be $55.

Tickets may be purchased by going online at: or by calling (800) 922-9461.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Cowboys picked last in preseason poll

UW's John Fletcher

Individual preseason team

LAS VEGAS -- First year Wyoming head football coach Dave Christensen has plenty to shoot for this year and a little to prove as his team was picked last in the 2009 Mountain West Conference media poll.

TCU was predicted to capture the title in a poll of media members. The Horned Frogs finished second in the MWC in 2008, compiling a 7-1 mark against league opponents en route to an 11-2 overall record and a seventh-place ranking in both the final Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls.

The Cowboys, meanwhile, received just 46 points from the voting. Individually, Wyoming senior defensive end John Fletcher was the lone Cowboy picked to the preseason team.
"In regard to the preseason poll, we know that it comes down to proving ourselves on the field," Christensen said. "What I know is I have been impressed by how hard our players have worked ever since our staff arrived in Laramie. They have done everything that has been asked of them during spring drills and during the summer conditioning program.

"I like our kids. I like their work ethic and their attitude. We have 20 seniors on this team who have provided great leadership throughout the spring and summer. We can't wait for practice to start on Aug. 6, and we look forward to taking the field in War Memorial Stadium on Sept. 5 against Weber State."

Fletcher has earned second team All-MWC honors each of the past two seasons and was named to both the Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award Watch Lists during his junior season. He was voted one of four UW team captains entering his senior season. Fletcher ranks No. 10 on Wyoming's career sack list with 17.0 total sacks.
TCU returns four starters from a defensive unit that led the nation in rushing defense while ranking second in scoring defense in 2008. The Horned Frogs are led by all-MWC performers Jerry Hughes (DE), Jeremy Kerley (PR/KR), Rafael Priest (DB) and Marshall Newhouse (OT). Seven starters return on offense for TCU, which ranked among the top 25 nationally in scoring and rushing offense a year ago. The Frogs garnered 15 first-place votes and had a total of 207 points.

BYU was chosen second with 190 points and six first-place votes. The Cougars posted a third-place finish (6-2) in Conference play in 2008 and ended the season with a 10-3 mark overall. BYU returns four starters from an offensive unit that ranked among the top 20 nationally in scoring, pass and total offense last season. Eight starters also return on defense for the Cougars.

Defending MWC champion Utah was picked third with 179 points and three first-place votes after posting the nation's only undefeated record (13-0) last season en route to capturing its fourth MWC title (8-0). The Utes, who finished with top-5 rankings in both the final Associated Press (No. 2) and USA Today Coaches (No. 4) polls, enter the 2009 campaign with the nation's longest active overall and bowl win streaks at 14 and eight games, respectively. Utah returns four starters on offense and eight on defense.

Air Force was chosen fourth with 130 points, followed by UNLV (5th - 108 points), Colorado State (6th - 107 points), New Mexico (7th - 60 points), San Diego State (8th - 53 points) and Wyoming (9th - 46 points).

The annual media days continues through Wednesday at Green Valley Ranch near Las Vegas.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Novacek to be inducted Saturday in College Football Hall of Fame

Former Wyoming great Jay Novacek, right, will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame with former Dallas teammate Troy Aikman.

It has been a year of ceremonies leading up to the final celebration for this year’s class of inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame. The final celebration is the annual Enshrinement Festival taking place in South Bend, Ind., on Friday and Saturday.

One of the greatest athletes in University of Wyoming history, Jay Novacek, will be honored this weekend as one of 15 inductees into the 2008 College Football Hall of Fame Class.

CBS College Sports Network will televise the Enshrinement Show live on Saturday from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m., Mountain Time. Check your local cable provider for the CBS College Sports Network station on your cable system. DIRECTV customers will be able to watch on Channel 613, and DISH Network subscribers can tune to Channel 152 to watch the live show.

The 2008 College Football Hall of Fame Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Class was inducted at the National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 9, 2008, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

This weekend’s enshrinement event gives fans a chance to interact with the inductees through a variety of events, including: a block party in downtown South Bend on Friday; a parade and autograph session on Saturday; and the Enshrinement Dinner and Show on Saturday night.

Novacek, who was a consensus All-America tight end at Wyoming in 1984, still holds the NCAA record for highest average gain per reception in a single season by a tight end, averaging 22.6 yards per catch in 1984. The native of Gothenburg, Neb., also placed fourth in the decathlon at the NCAA Championships his senior season, earning All-America honors in track and field.

During his college career from 1982-84, Novacek had 83 receptions for 1,536 yards and 10 touchdowns, while playing in a wishbone offense.

Novacek will be one of 13 former college players and two former college coaches inducted into the 2008 College Hall of Fame class. He will be inducted with his former Dallas Cowboy teammate Troy Aikman (UCLA, QB, 1986-89).

The other players being inducted are: Billy Cannon (LSU, HB, 1957-59), Jim Dombrowski (Virginia, OT, 1982-85), Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern, LB, 1993-96), Wilber Marshall (Florida, LB, 1980-83), Rueben Mayes (Washington State, RB, 1982-85), Randall McDaniel (Arizona State, OG, 1984-87), Don McPherson (Syracuse, QB, 1984-87), Dave Parks (Texas Tech, SE, 1961-63), Ron Simmons (Florida State, NG, 1977-80), Thurman Thomas (Oklahoma State, RB, 1984-87) and Arnold Tucker (Army, QB, 1944-46). The two coaches being inducted in the 2008 class are: John Cooper (Tulsa, 1977-84; Arizona State, 1985-87; Ohio State, 1988-2000) and Lou Holtz (William & Mary, 1969-71; North Carolina State, 1972-75; Arkansas, 1977-83; Minnesota, 1984-85; Notre Dame, 1986-96; South Carolina, 1999-2004).

Novacek was inducted into the University of Wyoming Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993 -- its inaugural class.

He went on to win three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys at the conclusion of the 1992, ‘93 and ‘95 seasons. Novacek was twice named All-Pro (1991 and ‘92), earned All-NFC honors three times (1991, ‘92 and ‘95) and played in five Pro Bowls (1991-95).

He joins one other former Cowboy player and three former Wyoming coaches as members of the College Football Hall of Fame.

Eddie “Boom Boom” Talboom was inducted posthumously as a tailback in 2000. Talboom played for the Cowboys from 1948-60.

Former Cowboy head coach Bowden Wyatt was inducted posthumously as a player (Tennessee) in 1972 and then was inducted as a coach (Wyoming, Arkansas, Tennessee) in 1997, becoming only the third individual at that time to be inducted as both a player and coach -- the other two being Amos Alonzo Stagg and Bobby Dodd. Wyatt was the Cowboys head coach from 1947-52.

The other College Football Half of Famers from the University of Wyoming are former head coach Bob Devaney (Wyoming-1957-61, Nebraska), who was inducted in 1981; and former Cowboy head coach Pat Dye (East Carolina, Wyoming-1980, Auburn), who was inducted in 2005.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

UW football to switch to Nike

2009 Wyoming team captains, from left, junior running back Darius Terry, senior defensive tackle John Fletcher, senior center Russ Arnold and senior outside linebacker Weston Johnson.

The Wyoming Cowboy football team will be wearing Nike uniforms for the first time in school history when the 2009 season kicks off. The Nike brand is the most recognizable equipment brand in sports.

“We are excited to be with the No. 1 apparel company in sports,” said UW head football coach Dave Christensen. “The design and quality of the uniforms is the best available, and from a recruiting standpoint it gives us one more advantage in being able to tell the young men we are recruiting that we are wearing the very best.”

The Cowboys will have four different color combinations that they will wear during the season -- two color combinations for home games and two for road games. At home, the regular combination the Pokes will wear will be a brown jersey with gold pants. For special home games, the Cowboys will also have the option of wearing a brown jersey with white pants. On the road, when UW plays on artificial turf, it will wear white jerseys and white pants. When playing on natural grass on the road, the combination will be white jerseys and gold pants.

“Young people today grow up very conscious of the sports apparel they wear and the sports equipment they use,” said UW Athletics Director Tom Burman. “Nike is not only a company that has an outstanding reputation for the highest quality equipment, but it is the brand that recruits desire. We are happy that we were able to partner with Nike to get this new deal worked out for Cowboy football.”

Wyoming football will also wear Nike shoes and use Nike footballs beginning in the 2009 season.