Friday, October 3, 2003
Cowboy coaches hit recruiting trail during bye weekend
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Wyoming coach Joe Glenn and his staff will
hit the road this weekend and leave the players behind.
The coaches are taking advantage of a bye week to hit the
Signing day isn't until February and NCAA rules prohibit coaches
from mentioning recruits' names to the media before they are
signed. But during his weekly conference call Thursday, Glenn spoke
of how he and his staff go about the task.
"The way it works is, say we have a need for two wide
receivers. We've offered 20 kids at this point, and the first two
that take it, got it. We won't worry what order they're in," Glenn
said. "We've offered players at virtually every position on our
Glenn said three prospects have verbally committed to UW.
One is believed to be running back Dennis Void from Bridgeton
(Maine) Academy. According to Rivals.com, Void is 6 feet tall, 212
pounds and runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash.
Alabama, Iowa, Mississippi and Missouri also are recruiting
Void, who attended high school in New York City.
Defensive lineman Rob Hollway of Richfield, Minn., is another
recruit who appears headed to Laramie.
"I committed to Wyoming. Minnesota was my second choice, but
they didn't offer," said the 6-4, 250-pound Hollway in a recent
online article by Rivals.com.
Hollway has played both defensive tackle and defensive end.
Glenn said much recruiting groundwork is laid in the summer.
"We spent virtually the whole month of June looking at film of
(players) that we're interested in," he said.
On another note, Glenn said he wasn't happy that the Mountain
West Conference changed the game time for UW's Oct. 18 homecoming
game with Brigham Young from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
"I think it's not right that we get dictated on our homecoming,
and as much as we need cheeks in the seats and as hard as we worked
to go around the state to promote Wyoming football, they're going
to make it double hard on our people to drive home in the middle of
the night," the coach said.
"The almighty dollar is speaking too loud here. I'm talking
about (10 p.m. starts for) Big Monday in basketball and about our
conference being able to pick up the phone and tell us when we're
going to play our homecoming game just for a buck. I don't think
it's right. It kind of tells us what we are, doesn't it?"
Glenn said he and his staff have addressed the team about
comments made by senior punter Luke Donovan after Wyoming's 33-17
loss at Boise State last week. Donovan was quoted as being critical
of players and coaches after the loss, which was the Cowboys'
fourth straight this season and 33rd in its last 39 dating back to
Wyoming is 1-4 in 2003.
"We had a sit-down meeting with the team. We talked about it,
and we're good to go," Glenn said. "We reminded ourselves on how
we deal with the public. When people ask questions, we want to be
as positive as we can toward our team, toward our opponents and
toward the people doing the interviews."
Glenn and his staff gave the team the rest of the week off after
Thursday's practice. The team will resume practice Monday in
preparation for an Oct. 11 game at Utah State. Kickoff will be at 6
Glenn would have preferred not to have a weekend off in the
middle of the season.
"From a competitive standpoint and the competitive side of me
and the kids, we've got to sit an extra week with this month of
losing, and we want to get back on the horse and get going again,"
he said. "I'm just not a big fan of open dates. Sometimes you
really need them. Health-wise right now, we're in not that big of
need to get healthy.
"I want to play a game and try to get back out there and try to
get a win."