Heath Schroyer asked for a midseason evaluation from his boss, and it wasn't good. Wyoming was 8-15 with only one win in Mountain West Conference play.
"I was concerned about the negativity surrounding the program," Wyoming athletic director Tom Burman said today.
"Halfway through the league when you’ve won one game, and you're not competitive in others, you start to make some decisions."
So with seven regular-season games left in his fourth season, Schroyer was fired.
What isn't known is how things might have gone for Schroyer had he operated with a healthy roster.
His best player, Afam Muojeke, had season-ending surgery in January on a torn meniscus in his left knee. The talented player wasn't the same after season-ending surgery the previous year on a ruptured patellar tendon in the same knee.
In all, seven Cowboys missed at least one game this season due to injury, for a total of 46 games missed.
"I thought we played well," Schroyer said of last week's competitive losses to BYU and Colorado State. "We just came up a liitle short. I was really happy with how our guys competed.
"I feel like we are getting better, and that’s encouraging."
Schroyer made those comments Monday during the weekly coaches teleconference, apparently unaware he was about to be fired. By the afternoon, he was saying goodbye to his players as associate head coach Fred Langley was installed as the interim.
During the call, he also happened to throw his support behind San Diego State coach Steve Fisher for coach of the year.
"He was given a lot of time," Schroyer said, noting how those first few years at San Diego State were filled with struggle before things really got rolling.
It wasn't so long ago after the 2009 season when Schroyer won 19 games and Burman extended his contract by two years, raising his salary to $160,000.
"I thought we were going in the right direction," Burman said.
But Schroyer won only four conference games after that, forcing Burman to make a change that would have happened at the end of the season anyway.
Time had run out.