Today was another action packed day in the search for Wyoming Basketball’s next leader. Early this morning a UW plane left Laramie for Eugene, Oregon to interview former Metro State national champion coach and current St. Johns assistant Mike Dunlap. Dunlap is a personal favorite of mine because I think he would utilize a high tempo offense with a pressure defense that would use Laramie’s altitude to our advantage. He is a solid X’s and O’s coach who can recruit and is the ideal man to lead Wyoming out of the black whole we are in.
Then late this afternoon once AD Tom Burman returned from Oregon, he released a letter to the fans through the Wyoming print media. You can take a look at the letter HERE courtesy of the Casper Star. I don’t have a major problem with what Burman says in this letter but I do believe it was unnecessary. Telling the media basically to back off to retain the privacy of the search is not the best of moves. I understand his desire to want to release something to the public as UW fans are becoming restless due to the length of the search and all he needed to do was release a statement that said something to the tune of: “The university is working very hard to fill the head basketball coach position with someone who we believe can restore the tradition of Wyoming basketball. I thank you the fans for following this process closely as it shows you are the best fans in America. We hope to finish up the search shortly and introduce a coach the state of Wyoming can be proud off”. Now how hard would that have been?
If privacy is such a key issue to Burman, why fly a UW plane and hold interviews in places where the interviewee can be reasonably deducted? If his goal was truly to keep the identity of the interested coaches a secret why not hold these meeting’s in third party locations like most universities do? Taylor could have been interviewed in Atlanta and Dunlap in San Fransisco or Seattle and who exactly Burman was interviewing would have remained somewhat of a mystery.