Christopher Smith

Wyoming Expected To Tab NDSU's Bohl

Created on Dec. 07, 2013 10:15 PM EST

Wyoming sent out an email Saturday afternoon touting a press conference and major announcement to come Sunday.

They weren't kidding.

For a while, national reporters played a game of "Clue" on Twitter, announcing who wouldn't become the next Wyoming head coach, before CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman dropped this bit of news Saturday night.

If Feldman's sources are accurate, the Cowboys will hire North Dakota State coach Craig Bohl, which many would view as an outstanding hire and more akin to a lateral move.

Wyoming, while a member of the Mountain West Conference, is at the bottom of the league in terms of resources. Meanwhile, NDSU is the No. 1 seed in this year's FCS playoffs in an attempt to win three consecutive national championships. The team advanced to the quarterfinals Saturday with a 38-7 win against Furman and will be a huge favorite against unseeded Coastal Carolina.

The Bison are 7-3 against FBS competition with Bohl as coach, winning their last four games against teams in college football's biggest division against Kanas, Minnesota, Colorado State and Kansas State with Bohl as coach. An assistant coach at Nebraska from 1995-2002, during which time the Cornhuskers won two national championships, Bohl is 101-32 at NDSU.

Wyoming fired coach Dave Christensen last Sunday after a 5-7 finish. Christensen went 27-34 overall, but this season in particular stung as the team started 4-2 and failed to qualify for a bowl game.

Bohl will inherit senior quarterback Brett Smith, who has 76 career touchdown passes, 20 career rushing touchdowns and threw for more than 3,300 yards this season.

If Bohl indeed is the new head coach, it's a boon for Wyoming, which is a tough sell to recruits. Bohl's experience at North Dakota State, which has become dominant at the FCS level, but doesn't pull in four-star recruits like Boise State or Fresno State might, should help with player development.

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