Wyoming fires offensive coach

Updated: November 24, 2007, 5:49 PM ET
Associated Press

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Wyoming, which struggled offensively this season, has fired offensive coordinator Bill Cockhill, head coach Joe Glenn announced Saturday.

"I appreciate Bill's past contributions to our program, but I feel that it is time to change the direction of our offensive staff," Glenn said in a statement released by the university.

"We will conduct a national search for a new offensive coordinator beginning immediately," he said. "Wyoming Football has a great tradition, and a great history of exciting offensive football teams. With that in mind, I'm confident we will be able to attract outstanding candidates to take over as offensive coordinator for our football program."

Cockhill had one year remaining on his contract at a base salary of $123,000 per year.

Wyoming's offense entered this weekend ranked No. 107 in total offense out of 119 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision teams.

UW was averaging 322.3 yards per game entering its season finale at Colorado State on Friday and was averaging 18.6 points per game to rank No. 109 in the nation in scoring offense.

Wyoming, which lost to CSU 36-28, concluded the season with a 5-7 overall record and a 2-6 Mountain West Conference mark.

The best performance by the Wyoming offense in the five years under Cockhill's direction was 2004, when the Cowboy offense averaged 26.5 points per game and 369.8 yards of total offense. That season, Wyoming posted a 7-5 record and captured the 2004 Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl Championship, defeating UCLA 24-21.

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