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Longtime assistant Bill Young joins the Wyoming staff

Former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young has joined the Wyoming staff. (Photo: Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman)Three days after announcing that defensive coordinator Chris Tormey had been let go, Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen announced the addition of longtime defensive assistant Bill Young to the Cowboys’ staff.

Young, who was defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State until January, will serve in a defensive quality control role.

According to a press release, Young will earn $12,000 and will be provided lodging and a courtesy car through the end of the 2013 season.

“I am extremely excited to have Bill Young join our program,” Christensen said in a statement. “I believe he will be a valuable asset to our staff as we prepare for the stretch run this season.

“I have coached against Bill, and I know first hand what an outstanding defensive coach he has been over his career.”

Christensen said that Younng will be involved “in assisting our coaches in analyzing opponents and making suggestions” as the staff develops game plans.

In addition to his stint with the Cowboys, Young’s 37-year coaching career has included stops as a coordinator at Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC, Kansas and Miami (Fla.).

Photo credit: Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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Wyoming fires defensive coordinator Chris Tormey

Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen has fired defensive coordinator Chris Tormey effective immediately.

Chris Tormey spent the past two seasons as Wyoming's defensive coordinator.

Chris Tormey spent the past two seasons as Wyoming’s defensive coordinator.

Christensen made the announcement Tuesday morning. Defensive line coach Jamar Cain will serve as interim defensive coordinator.

“I felt that we needed to make a change at this time to give our football team and the young men on it the best opportunity to win our remaining four regular-season games,” Christensen said in a release.

“The last two weeks, our defense has not performed up to the expectations of our coaching staff, our players, nor our fans.”

On Saturday, the Cowboys lost to San Jose State 44-41, after leading 23-7 in the second quarter. The Cowboys lost to Colorado State 52-22 on Oct. 19.

Tormey had been Wyoming’s defensive coordinator for the past two seasons. He will be paid through his contract, which expires in December.

Tormey’s 33-year coaching career includes nine seasons as a D-I head coach, at Idaho and Nevada. He joined the Wyoming staff after spending the 2011 season as Washington State’s linebackers coach.

Cain is in his seventh year as D-I assistant and joined the Cowboys staff this spring. He was previously an assistant at Cal Poly where he was part of a Big Sky Conference title in 2012.

Wyoming (4-4, 2-2 MWC) has a bye this week.

Photo credit: Alan Rogers, Laramie Star-Tribune

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