‘Our future is bright if people give us a chance’
LARAMIE -- The players have spoken -- they want Allen Edwards to get a fifth season as the head basketball coach at the University of Wyoming.
Less than 24 hours after the Cowboys fell to the eventual Mountain West Conference Tournament champion Utah State Aggies, Hunter Thompson fired of the Tweet above.
He wasn't alone.
Kenny Foster and Kwane Marble, two freshman from Colorado, who were major players in the Cowboys recent run in the league tournament want Edwards back, too.
Marble, who was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging nearly 20 points per game in improbable victories over Colorado State and Nevada and a 89-82 loss to the Aggies Friday night, said "We couldn't have done it without such a great coach to lead us into battle."
Edwards is 60-75 overall during his tenure in Laramie.
The first two seasons at the helm, the Cowboys won 43 games and claimed a CBI championship. Years three and four is where things have gone awry for Edwards' bunch. Wyoming is 17-48 overall the past two seasons. The Pokes are 8-30 in league play. Mass transfers, injuries and inconsistencies have plagued the program the past two seasons.
Wyoming struggled through a 2019-20 season that saw the team finish with just two conference victories. The Cowboys young corps, featuring just two seniors, won four games inside the Arena-Auditorium this season.
Wins at Denver, San Jose State and Air Force were the highlights of a forgotten season. That is until the Mountain West Tournament where the Cowboys stunned the college basketball world, knocking off Border War rival, CSU, and the league's No. 3 seed, Nevada.
They took Utah State to the brink Friday night in Las Vegas, falling, 89-82.
Last offseason, Wyoming athletic director Tom Burman said he needed to see major changes in the program after the Cowboys finished the 2018-19 campaign 8-24 overall and 4-14 in conference play.
After Wyoming blew a 19-point second-half lead to CSU at home in February, Edwards was asked about his future as the head coach at UW.
“We did make drastic changes,” Edwards said. “I’m looking more at character than talent … This is a ‘build job,’ not a win-right-away job. No disrespect to us, but this isn’t San Diego State, UNLV or New Mexico.”
He continued: "When it comes to the administration, It’s not like I’m hiding from them and they aren’t hiding from me.”