Sports By Brooks is reporting that the Wyoming job is Billy Kennedy‘s if he wants it. Last night, when rumors began to swirl about the opening in Wyoming, Kennedy told WPSD Local 6, quote, “It’s that time of year. Lot of speculation. Happy to be in Murray.”
I wouldn’t expect Kennedy to say anything but that until he accepts a new job, but the Wyoming job isn’t exactly a “great” opening. It is a better conference (Mountain West) but Wyoming barely competed last season, going 3-13 in the conference that features San Diego State and BYU. (Only TCU was worse) Wyoming hasn’t to the tournament since 2002, and 1988 before that. In fact, multiple coaches have already turned the job down. Kennedy was an assistant at Wyoming, but only for a year, in the 87-88 season.
Murray fans are used to their coaches leaving after just 3 or 4 years, but I’m not sure if Kennedy would leave this season for this job. There’s no doubt another strong season or two at Murray would put him in a great position to move upward, maybe even to a “BCS” conference. (Mick Cronin left for Cincinnati before Kennedy came to Murray, and in the 90’s Mark Gottfried left Murray for Alabama, so there’s precedent)
Even if he doesn’t take this job, expect Kennedy’s name to come up often over the next few summers for openings. He’s one of the most consistent “small” school coaches in the nation.