University of Wyoming officials, including school president Tom Buchanan and athletic director Tom Burman, are meeting with current Florida assistant coach Larry Shyatt in Atlanta today with the coach, according to multiple sources, expected to be named the school’s basketball coach as soon as later this evening.
(Shyatt has been on Florida’s staff since ‘04)
The plane being used by Buchanan and Burman is expected to return to Laramie at around 10pm local time tonight and I’ve been told it is likely Shyatt will be on the plane - with an introduction as head coach to follow.
The 60-year-old Shyatt previously served as head coach of the school from 1997-98 and at Clemson from 1998-2003. He has been an assistant at Florida since 2004.
Wyoming has been without a head basketball coach since Feb. 7, when I broke the news of Heath Schroyer’s termination. The subsequent search is now in its eighth week with multiple coaches having previously turned down the job.
Shyatt has been on Wyoming’s radar from the beginning but the coach previously told school officials that he would not meet with them until Florida’s run in the NCAA tournament had concluded.
In 1998 Wyoming sued Shyatt when he broke his contract with the school to take the Clemson job. Shyatt settled the suit with a $286,000 payment to the school.