MWC notes: Glenn knows chances dwindling
That's how Wyoming's Joe Glenn described his future as the Cowboys' football coach on Tuesday.
The likeable leader (except among some Utah fans) of the Cowboys is on the hotseat with his team having gone 2-5 this season, and he knows it.
Saturday, he will have some company, as beleaguered San Diego State coach Chuck Long takes his 1-7 Aztecs to Laramie (noon, mtn.). Both teams are looking for their first conference win.
But while Glenn will learn his fate after five more games - "My boss and I have decided that they'll make that call at the end of the season," he said - SDSU's Long at least knows he has through the 2009 season to get it turned around.
Last week, after that 70-7 loss to New Mexico, SDSU Athletic Director Jeff Schemmel said Long will stay at least through next season, his fourth. Long, who makes $716,000 per year, is 8-24 since taking over in 2006 for Tom Craft.
Schemmel said Long deserves a break because he has had to work around an unusually high number of injuries this year, and he inherited a program beset with academic problems. Besides, the cash-strapped program probably can't afford to pay two coaches at once, and Long's contract doesn't expire until then.
The Aztecs have lost 10 of their last 11 games, dating back to last year.
Glenn's tenure has been more up and down.
"We needed to go to a bowl game," Glenn said with an uneasy laugh after noting his uncertain situation. The prospects of that are highly unlikely, even if the Cowboys win their next five games.
Some folks close to the program think a loss Saturday to the Aztecs would seal Glenn's fate, but he hasn't been one to speculate.
"I can't even kind of get into that," he said. "All I can do is go do my job every day with the most positive outlook I can possibly get, and give to my job and to my coaches and to the kids. Really, I don't control that part of it. . . . You can't really concern yourself with the finish line until you get there."
More bulletin board stuff?
There may be more intrigue to the game than just the battle to stay out of the MWC cellar. Glenn told reporters after the TCU loss last week that it will be nice for Wyoming to finally be able to play a team its own caliber and one that it can beat. Informed of that statement Tuesday, Long seemed genuinely interested.
"You use anything you can get with your football team," he said. "You try to get all that bulletin board material you can."
Sound familiar, Ute fans?
With Wyoming now having lost to No. 17 BYU (44-0), No. 10 Utah (40-7 ) and No. 12 TCU (54-7), Glenn was asked which nationally ranked team is the strongest.
"Flip a coin," he said. "That's all I can tell you. Where the game is [being] played, probably would be huge . . . but I don't think I could put one over another."
However, Glenn cautioned that Utah's game at New Mexico won't be easy.
"If you had an upset special, that might be one," he said.