Wyoming, Glenn part ways after six years, one bowl berth

After weeks of speculation, the tenure of Wyoming head coach Joe Glenn has come to an end.

Wyoming athletics director Tom Burman announced Sunday that the program was parting ways with Glenn after six seasons.

"We felt that after six seasons under coach Glenn the Wyoming football program was not making the kind of progress we had hoped for," Burman said in a statement. "We had hoped that after six seasons, we would be competing for a conference championship. That has not happened.

"I want to thank coach Glenn for the way in which he has represented our athletics department and our university over the past six years. There is no finer man, no finer person than Joe Glenn. He has been an outstanding ambassador for Cowboy and Cowgirl athletics, the University of Wyoming and the state of Wyoming. We will always be grateful to him for his service."

Glenn finishes his Wyoming career at 30-41 (15-31 in Mountain West Conference play), including a 4-8 (1-7 MWC) record this season to finish eighth in the conference after being picked to finish fourth and even contend for the conference championship.

The Cowboys had just two bowl-eligible seasons, though they were only invited to a bowl during the 2004 campaign. They finished 7-5 with a Las Vegas Bowl win.

Glenn's contract ran through the 2010 season and Wyoming will pay him $316,000 for the remaining two years of his contract.

Burman said that a national search for Glenn's successor would begin immediately.

Wyoming has contracted the firm Neinas Sports to assist in the search for the next coach. The contract is for $35,000 plus expenses, the school said.

Early names for Glenn's replacement include former Michigan State coach John L. Smith and Missouri offensive coordinator Dave Christensen.

Graham Watson is an ESPN.com football blogger. She can be reached at gwatson.espn@gmail.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.