Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen announced Tuesday morning that Defensive Coordinator Chris Tormey has been let go from the Cowboy coaching staff. Christensen named first year defensive line coach Jamar Cain as the interim replacement.
The UW defense has had a tough go of it throughout the season, particularly in recent weeks where they gave up over 50 points in consecutive games versus CSU and San Jose State, and had a bad outing five weeks ago in an upset loss at Texas State 42-21.
The defense has mostly struggled under Tormey since he arrived before the 2012 season and before he was named to run the position, where Christensen will have his third defensive coordinator during his tenure.
Marty English was relieved of his duties as the Pokes coordinator after the 2011 season and demoted to UW linebacker coach, and then left for Colorado State. He is now the Co-Defensive Coordinator for the Rams.
"I hope we don't keep doing what we're doing," said Christensen after the shootout loss to San Jose State on Saturday. "We have to get better at what we're doing."
Cain is inexperienced as a D-Coordinator after serving at Cal Poly as defensive line coach and helping lead the school to a share of the Big Sky conference title in 2012.
Cain appears to have youthful energy that the Pokes hope can jump start the defense down the stretch and help get the program over the hump into a bowl game.
"I felt that we needed to make a change at this time to give our football team and the young men on it the best opportunity to win our remaining four regular-season games," said Christensen. "The last two weeks, our defense has not performed up to the expectations of our coaching staff, our players, nor our fans."
Wyoming has a bye this week and then will hit a tough stretch of games, including three of the best teams in the league with two on the road.
The Cowboys are 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the Mountain West Conference. UW has four regular-season games remaining against Fresno State (at home on Nov. 9), at Boise State (on Nov. 16), vs. Hawai'i (at home on Nov. 23) and at Utah State (Nov. 30).
UW Football Adds Bill Young
University of Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen announced on Friday that Bill Young, a former defensive coordinator at Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC, Kansas, Miami (Fla.) and Oklahoma State has been hired as a Defensive Quality Control staff member with the Cowboy Football program. Young will join the Cowboy staff on Monday.
Young has coached in 19 bowl games during his career, most recently in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl with Oklahoma State. In 2007 as the defensive coordinator at Kansas, Young was one of five finalists for the Frank Broyles Award, which is presented each year to College Football's Assistant Coach of the Year.
One of the other five finalists that year was Christensen, who was the offensive coordinator at Missouri at that time.
"I am extremely excited to have Bill Young join our program. I believe he will be a valuable asset to our staff as we prepare for the stretch run this season," said Christensen. "I have coached against Bill, and I know first hand what an outstanding defensive coach he has been over his career.
"The NCAA sets limitations on how many coaches you can have on your staff, and what duties those coaches may be involved in. As a quality control staff member, Bill will be involved in assisting our coaches in analyzing opponents and making suggestions as we develop game plans. We are excited to tap into his many years of experience as we enter the final four games of the regular season."
Young will be paid $12,000, plus lodging and a courtesy car during his contract, which is set to run through the end of the 2013 season.
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