UW's Glenn not buying bye week
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Wyoming football coach Joe Glenn said he would rather see his team playing a game this weekend.
Instead, UW (1-4 overall, 0-1 Mountain West Conference) has one of its two bye weeks this week.
"I'd like to keep playing, but we'll use it to the best and make the most of it," Glenn said Tuesday.
The Cowboys return to action at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at Utah State at Romney Stadium in Logan, Utah. UW will try to snap a four-game losing streak and a 14-game slide in games played away from Laramie dating back to the 2001 season.
The last time UW won a road game was at Utah State, 43-42 on Sept. 22, 2001.
Glenn said he was pleased that his defense played better in a 33-17 loss at Boise State last Saturday. Despite giving up 33 points and 470 yards of total offense, the Cowboys' run defense held the Broncos to 155 yards.
UW entered the game allowing 264.2 rushing yards per game. Boise State senior running back David Mikell, who came in averaging about 126.3 yards per game, was held to 79 yards on 27 carries.
"If there was a positive to take from the game, we played run defense well for the first time in some time," Glenn said. "We played a little bit better defense in the long haul. If you can't stop the run, which we've had trouble doing the last couple of games, you're in trouble. We came away with a feeling of accomplishment on defense."
Glenn also emphasized the combined record of the teams that beat UW this season is 15-3.
"It isn't like we've lost to the Little Sisters of the Poor," Glenn said.
Many UW coaches will be on the road this weekend recruiting.
Meantime, Glenn may have a personnel matter to deal with. Senior punter Luke Donovan, in an interview after the Boise State game, was critical of some teammates.
"We don't feel very good about it," said Glenn, who added that he found out about Donovan's comments Tuesday morning. "We try not to do our laundry outside our family. We'll address that with him."
When asked if he was aware of such frustration among his players, Glenn said no. Glenn also said he will continue to not address his players immediately after games, and wait until the day after for the kids to calm down emotionally and after he had a chance to look at the game film.
Glenn said he's done that for nearly 30 years as a head coach.
Glenn also was critical of the reporter who quoted Donovan in the Casper Star-Tribune.
"When you have a kid that's very emotional after a game and saying some things that's coming from frustration and emotion, leave the kid alone," Glenn said. "I'm sure he regrets saying some of the language that he used in talking about his teammates. If I was a veteran writer or somebody who cared about kids, I'd leave him alone and let him cool off before I interviewed him."
Ron Gullberg, Star-Tribune sports editor, said the reporter handled the situation professionally, noting that the reporter sought out a second opinion from linebacker Tyler Gottschalk about Donovan's comments.
"It is completely appropriate to talk to players at the NCAA Division I level after games, especially senior players," Gullberg said. "And Luke Donovan was interviewed well after the game. On top of that, the reporter didn't just take Donovan at his word. The reporter sought out Tyler Gottschalk, a senior co-captain, to respond to Donovan's remarks.
"We stand by our reporting on the University of Wyoming football program."
Donovan's comments and Glenn's reaction Tuesday are the first significant signs of frustration on the team this season.
"Losing is always tough. I wouldn't have this job if things weren't in pretty rough shape," Glenn said. "We're here, and we're doing the best we can.
"We're not there yet. We're trying. We're going through some tough times, but adversity will make you tougher in the long haul."
This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index
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