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 recruiting trail.
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 team."
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 2000.
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 p.m.
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."
UW guard Randle declared eligible LARAMIE, Wyo. - Offensive guard Henry Randle, who was ineligible to play in Wyoming's first five games because of academic problems, has been declared eligible to compete for the remainder of the season, the university announced Thursday.
Randle, a senior from St. Louis, has successfully completed work on a communication and journalism independent study course, according to Senior Associate Athletics Director Barbara Burke.
After starting the final seven games of the 2002 season at right tackle, Randle was a projected starter at right guard for 2003. He had started 16 of 23 games for the Cowboys over the previous two seasons.
He transferred to Wyoming from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College following the 2000 season.
Coach Joe Glenn said he hoped Randle could make a contribution to the team this season.
"He's not in shape," Glenn said Thursday. "He needs to work himself back into shape."
Dubois upset over time change LARAMIE, Wyo. - Citing concerns over possibly lower attendance, University of Wyoming President Philip L. Dubois has protested a decision by the Mountain West Conference to move back the kickoff time of the BYU-Wyoming game by three hours.
The game will be played at 4 p.m. instead of 1 p.m. Oct. 18.
"In my letter, I told Commissioner (Craig) Thompson that rescheduling the start of our Oct. 18 game would disrupt homecoming; would have an adverse impact on our attendance; would hurt our efforts to comply with 2004 NCAA attendance requirements by stalling momentum that we're trying to build for the program; and would result in significant revenue losses from ticket sales, concessions, merchandising, and parking revenues," Dubois said.
"Here we have a new coach generating excitement for our football program and we're doing our very best to regenerate fan interest in a Cowboy program that's suffered during the past three years. First we get hit with three home games in November and now this."
BYU and SportsWest, which holds the contract for airing BYU and UW games not selected for the league television package, asked UW to change the 1 p.m. time to either 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. so the game could be broadcast in the Provo area outside the 1-4 p.m. window reserved for ESPN football telecasts.
Dubois declined and offered to make the broadcast available to BYU on a tape-delayed basis, an offer that BYU refused.
Dubois asked Thompson in his letter of Sept. 10 to grant an exception to the conference policy requiring institutions reschedule home games to accommodate local television broadcasts that would not conflict with national and regional ESPN telecasts.
The policy was adopted to accommodate revenue losses for institutions that had lucrative local television packages.
However, Dubois said, the conference policy and rules provide for exceptions when the home institution can demonstrate "serious negative financial considerations" or that rescheduling will have a "serious negative impact on the institution."
Although sympathetic to Wyoming's concerns, Dubois said that Thompson told him no request for a game to be rescheduled has ever been refused, and that setting such a precedent with the BYU-Wyoming game would be unwise.
The conference Executive Committee, comprising presidents from other MWC institutions, agreed with Thompson but indicated that Dubois' concerns deserve a full airing at next June's meeting of the board of directors and as the conference approaches renegotiation of its television package with ESPN.
"We adopted this policy in good faith at the time the conference was founded," Dubois said. "What has evolved over time, however, is that any request for rescheduling a home game must be honored, regardless of the circumstances."
To accommodate Wyoming fans who are unable to travel to Laramie for the later-starting game, UW has arranged for a tape-delayed broadcast on KTWO-TV beginning at 6 p.m.
Dubois estimates that Wyoming typically loses more than 4,000 paying customers when games are scheduled at a nonstandard time such as 10 a.m. or 4 p.m.
Dubois noted that a new NCAA Division I-A requirement that will go into effect next season requiring a minimum average home attendance of 15,000 may even make tape-delayed broadcasts less likely in the future.
"Our fans just flat out need to show up," he said, or UW's status as a Division I-A institution could be endangered as could future bowl invitations.
Thompson and MWC Associate Commissioner Bret Gilliland were out of the office Wednesday and unavailable for comment.
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