Levi Williams and Sean Chambers are absent.
Brewing problems in Laramie?
The Wyoming Cowboys’ season-ending win over Kent State in the bowl game was short-lived as scores of Wyoming players decided to enter the transfer portal.
This includes Wyoming quarterbacks Levi Williams and Sean Chambers. Something must be happening in Laramie with the staff because a mass exodus looks like a big deal and likely means something up the food chain is a problem.
This is also the first full offseason without transfer restrictions for a first transfer, meaning players can transfer and not sit down this coming year. This also includes travel within the conference, which has been seen with a good number of players from Nevada heading to the state of Colorado.
Wyoming is in a unique place with the official Twitter account essentially advertising a new quarterback, and featuring a photo of former Cowboy star and current Buffalo Bill Josh Allen.
– Wyoming Cowboy Football (@wyo_football) December 24, 2021
Bohl’s post says he and his team saw this coming to keep the quarterbacks moving on. They signed a quarterback at Caden Becker early in the signing period, so there’s that.
“The landscape of college football is changing with the single transfer rule and NIL. Our staff have anticipated this movement and have a clear vision to navigate these uncharted waters. After a successful early signing day, Cowboy Football will fulfill the need to sign a quarterback through the transfer portal or junior college.
“We think this is a great opportunity for a transfer quarterback to come in and have an impact on our schedule. We saw this before when we brought Josh Allen into the program, and we’re excited for the next chapter of Cowboy Football.
That’s a heck of a Zip Recruiter ad Bohl uses to entice a young quarterback to come to Laramie. It’s not the worst idea in the world to publicly say you want a quarterback, but Bohl needs to change his ways, as former Cowboys backer Brian Hill said.
I love the transfer portal. It forces the coaches to stop being dictators or you lose your talent. No more lying to teens just to get them to sign. https://t.co/8ozguCOw1L
– Brian Hill (@ Heezy2Liv5) December 24, 2021
Seeing the value in the transfer portal goes both ways. Bohl and his team need to be more open and honest with the players and the era of the dictator coach is also over. Coaches need to adjust their style so that they can be mean, angry and aggressive when needed, but also be understanding of the players on their roster to keep them from getting up and leaving the program.
Bohl must see it differently now after making that comment before playing at Utah State where he was pretty much against the transfer portal.
“The state of Utah has really flipped their list through the transfer portal, it’s not our MO. We are a development program ”, Bohl said. We just operate differently, there are a lot of ways to skin a cat, but… I think it’s always important to have a relationship with the coaches in high school. I think it’s important to find talent in the state here in Wyoming and develop guys. “
Bohl is right and wrong in this statement. Building a squad from transfers and junior level players like the majority of their roster is difficult and not really manageable. Somehow, Bill Snyder managed to do it well in Kansas State, but Bob Davie struggled after the JUCO players in New Mexico were a failure.
There are a few blatant things Bohl said out loud that he probably didn’t want to. Name, picture, and likeness are going to be a factor for kids who enroll in college. Wyoming being in a smaller state without a ton of money or super rich alumni. It could be a problem if there is a few extra bucks these players could earn elsewhere.
However, there are many colleges in small towns like Laramie, Wyoming, and players should be aware that they are not guaranteed to get some sort of deal.
Maybe the Cowboys need to find a way for an entity that sponsors the team to make some other kind of deal that goes to the players rather than the school itself.
Although this money would not go to the school to build facilities or improve the program in this way, but it would help keep talent and improve the team, which in turn could increase the sale of tickets with people going to games and buying school supplies that could offset this donation or even exceed the usual amount.
The rules with NIL are very vague things like that could be done or even team-wide agreements that BYU and Miami have with local businesses that pay their tuition to all athletes, whether they are. scholarship holders or not. This could be an option in Wyoming.
The easiest change might be for coaches to be more honest when recruiting and the coaching staff cannot run the program like it is in the military. There needs to be some tweaking in the way the staff treat their players and that can go a long way even if the players don’t make a few bucks with an NIL deal.