Wyoming center Adam Waddell doesn't exactly think coach Heath Schroyer was treated fairly by some fans during a 10-21 season that saw leading scorer Afam Muojeke go down with a season-ending knee injury.
And in giving a strong vote of confidence to Schroyer, the Wyoming native Waddell also made clear his frustrations with the fans, especially the ones who could be heard from the stands going off on the coach, according to the Laramie Boomerang.
"I really feel that coach has taken a bad rap, and I don't think it's fair. I don't think people get to see what's going on behind the scenes, and they don't see what happens away from the court. I just really wish that people would step back and give us a chance and look at all the improvements."
Waddell said some of the stuff that is hollered from the stands and the things he hears and reads take a toll on a team.
"It's hard for us to turn the cheek and just say what people out there are saying doesn't really matter," Waddell said. "They were just yelling obscenities at the coach when he was doing all he could with what he had last year."
It was only in 2009 when Schroyer's team won 19 games, and he was awarded a two-year contract extension. But Schroyer is only 15-33 in Mountain West Conference play during his three seasons, along with one win in conference tournament play.
Fans haven't taken all this well. After the season, Robert Gagliardi of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle wrote about "an obvious disconnect between the program and fans."
Criticism of Schroyer has come from every angle: recruiting, scheduling, coaching style, the way he dresses, the way he acts on the bench and around his players during games.
Heck, I’ve even heard people be critical of the way Schroyer looks. They say that the way he and assistant coach Fred Langley dress and slick their hair back makes them look like a couple of mafia guys from back East.
Yep, it's gotten personal, with one fan setting up a Facebook page that declares, "Fire Heath Schroyer, Hire a good coach."
Of course, a bounce-back season and consistent winning would cure everything. Right?