Bill Young Back In The Saddle

Former Oklahoma State Bill Young is back in the game as Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen has hired Young as a defensive quality control coach. With the firing of defensive coordinator Chris Tormey on Monday, Young may become the dominant voice in the Wyoming Cowboys defensive meeting room as soon as Monday.

"I am extremely excited to have Bill Young join our program," Christensen said in a news release. "I believe he will be a valuable asset to our staff as we prepare for the stretch run this season. I have coached against Bill, and I know first hand what an outstanding defensive coach he has been over his career."

Defensive line coach Jamar Cain was named the Cowboys' interim defensive coordinator but Young brings a great depth of experience having been a defensive coordinator at OSU, Miami, OU, USC, Ohio State among other college programs along with a stop coaching in the NFL with the Detroit Lions.

The tag of quality control coach is a limiting one but remember what happened earlier this season at the University of Texas where head coach Mack Brown fired his coordinator and bumped up Greg Robinson from a support staff role to commanding the defense.

"The NCAA sets limitations on how many coaches you can have on your staff, and what duties those coaches may be involved in," Christensen explained. "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."

Wyoming opened season winning three of its first four games but the Cowboys have lost three of their last four games and in two of those games the defense allowed more than 50 points.

Young as a quality control coach will only earn $12,000, plus lodging and a courtesy car during his contract, which only runs through the end of the 2013 season.


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