Saturday, June 24, 2006

Bouknight Shines at Panthers Workouts

UW alum Jovon Bouknight seems to be making a positive impression on the Carolina Panthers.

"The Carolina Panthers may have found a hidden gem in undrafted free agent Jovon Bouknight. Signed by the Carolina Panthers on 5/5/06, Bouknight has shown great promise during the offseason voluntary "summer school" workouts. He has shown the ability to seperate from his defenders and demonstrated solid hands when given the opportunity."

Bouknight ran a slow 40 at the Combine and teams stayed away during the draft, but all you had to do was see him play at Wyoming to know he was faster than his Combine time.

Pokes Land Knapton

Wyoming as apparently landed a legacy player from Colorado in LB Gabe Knapton whose uncle Jeff Knapton played in Laramie in the 1980's. Knapton has verbally committed but won't sign a letter of intent until February.

"Knapton, who is projected to play linebacker at Wyoming, had 155 tackles last year as a junior, including 23 in a single game, earning all-state honors. He also caught 12 passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns. As a sophomore, he had 57 tackles and caught seven passes for 101 yards."

Wyoming AD Leaves for Iowa

Gary Barta is now the former Wyoming AD. Yesterday he made official what had been rumored for more than a week when Iowa announced Barta as their new AD.

"Gary Barta attended a press conference on Friday, and instead of his usual brown-and-gold tie, he wore black and yellow. He did not pin a bucking Steamboat to his lapel; he had a small, gold "I" there instead."

Wyoming doesn't seem to be in any hurry to find Barta's replacement.

"Until an interim athletics director is named, senior associate athletics director Barbara Burke will oversee operations in the department. Burke is one of the longest-tenured members of the athletics department but said it's too "premature" for her to think about applying for Barta's position. She did mirror the thoughts of others in the department who think a long search for a new athletics director wouldn't adversely affect Wyoming sports.

'I think we have such great internal staff, I don't think we're going to miss a beat if we don't have anybody here by the fall,' Burke said. 'Scheduling's done, we're moving forward. We don't have any issues like that to deal with. We don't have any positions of magnitude to fill at this point.'

'I don't know that (the search process) will be rushed, but you just don't know.'Buchanan, too, thinks the process of finding Barta's replacement doesn't need to happen overnight.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Justin Williams at Pre-Draft Camp

Star Wyoming hooper Justin Williams spent last week in Orlando at the NBA pre-draft camp. According to the story, Williams is being projected as a 2nd round pick in the upcoming NBA Draft which means he is far from a lock to make an NBA roster.

Williams can take solace in the fact that former WYO star Theo Ratliff has made a nice living for himself in the NBA as a shot blocker which is what Williams brings to the table.

"Williams finished second in the NCAA with 5.4 blocked shots per game last season, and his 11.0 rebounds per game were sixth best in the nation."

Joe Glenn Locked Up Long Term

Wyoming has signed miracle working head football coach Joe Glenn to a long term contract extension.

"Wyoming extended the contract of football coach Joe Glenn through the 2010 season, athletics director Gary Barta announced Tuesday."

Glenn could make as much as $450,000 a year at Wyoming which is sort of amazing. He is worth it though. He has changed the entire mindset of this program and it is key to get him to stay for the long haul so he can actually build a program.

Hopefully the Pokes will take a step forward after falling back a step last year. They have a murderous schedule, but this team is all Joe Glenn's now, no left-overs from the previous disaster.
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