Top 10 stories of ’20: The call Halliburton never received tops our list
LARAMIE -- If our analytics tell us anything it's this -- you like breaking news and raw emotion.
Alijah Halliburton not being selected in the 2020 NFL Draft definitely brought the latter. We sat with the Cowboys' former safety in a Denver hotel room as he and his family celebrated a day that was supposed to change their lives forever.
It did. Just not in the way anyone had hoped.
The Aurora product never saw his name pop up on the television screen. His cell phone didn't ring. There was a rollercoaster of emotions that April afternoon in the Mile High City. There still is today.
We recently caught up with Halliburton and asked him if his dream of playing professional football is a thing of the past. It isn't. He is staying in shape and still checking that phone -- no matter what league calls.
Here is the feature from that day with Halliburton: "The call that never came."
When Allen Edwards was fired after the Mountain West Tournament, all eyes were focused on Athletics Director Tom Burman and the Cowboy basketball program. Who would be the next guy? Now, we know. Jeff Linder is that guy and the Cowboys are currently 6-1 in non-conference play. Feel free to ignore our other four candidates.
After months of speculation, Allen Edwards was fired after leading the Cowboys to an overall record of 60-75 over the last four seasons in Laramie. The Cowboys, who went 9-24 overall in 2019-20, finished strong in Las Vegas, making it to the semifinals of the conference tournament, but it wasn't enough.
I think we all remember when this story broke. The 124th season of Cowboy football was put on hold Aug. 10 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All Mountain West athletics were postponed with no clear answer on when things might resume. The MW became the second Group of Five conference to call it quits, joining the MAC.
This selection is still being debated today. Think about it -- Wyoming has had some great football players wear the No. 73. Our selection, Conrad Dobler, snuck a victory in our online poll, too. He beat out current Washington center Chase Roullier, then UW Hall of Famer Jerry Durling, Chase Johnson and current center Keegan Cryder. If you love Dobler, make sure to check out the link to stories about him inside this feature. It's worth it.
This one hit home for a lot of reasons. Like most, Dave Walsh has been the lone "Voice of the Cowboys" in both football and men's hoops my entire life. In late August, Walsh decided to step down on the basketball side after 36 seasons. Don't worry, folks, he's still in the booth at War Memorial Stadium.
The Clemson Tigers, who will be playing for a spot in the National Championship game Friday against Ohio State, were set to host the Cowboys next fall in South Carolina. Turns out Dabo and Co. would rather take on fellow powerhouse Georgia instead. How much do they want to play the Bulldogs? See that number in the headline. The game would've been a fun one, but that kind of money couldn't have come at a better time for the UW Athletics Department.
Alijah Halliburton wasn't the only Cowboy sweating out the NFL Draft. Logan Wilson was another Wyoming player who figured to hear his name called during that April weekend. He did. In the third round. Wilson is now a Cincinnati Bengal. Still, the stress leading up to that day was rough on everyone in the Wilson clan.
Well, this one is fresh. Just two weeks ago, Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl was alerted to the fact that quarterback Levi Williams had been receiving threats via social media. To say Bohl was unhappy to hear that would be a gross understatement. See for yourself.
I'm all about being transparent on this site. I love interacting with fans, being open and honest, and speaking my mind about certain topics. This one wasn't easy for me. After COVID-19 struck, my parents lost both of their Pine Bluffs restaurants. It truly was/is like losing a family member. The outpouring of love and support I received is still overwhelming. That's what I love about this site the most -- it can be like extended family.