Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen plans to resign, sources told us Sunday afternoon. He was 27-35 in five seasons in Laramie.
Arriving after the 2008 season, the former Missouri offensive coordinator immediately helped Wyoming jump from a 4-8 finish in 2008 to a 7-6 record and win over Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl. The Cowboys fell to 3-9 in his second season, then bounced back to an 8-5 mark and another New Mexico Bowl appearance, a season that proved to be Christensen's high-water mark with the Cowboys.
Wyoming went just 9-15 over the final two seasons, and closed this season by losing five of its final six games. The Cowboys' only win after October 12 came in a 59-56 overtime triumph over 1-11 Hawaii on November 23. The Cowboys' five wins this fall came against teams with a combined 8-52 record on the year.
Wyoming becomes the sixth FBS school to replace its head coach this season.
As always, we will update with more details as they become available.
Update >>Wyoming has released a statement confirming what we told you earlier today. Here what athletic director Tom Burman had to say about the move:
"We have come to a point where our football program has not achieved at the level of success that we expect, and we know from past experience that we can be successful. It is with that in mind that we move forward in our search for a new leader for Cowboy Football."
"We want to thank Coach Christensen and his family for their five years of service to the University of Wyoming."