LARAMIE -- For good reason, Mike Dunlap and Blaine Taylor have made the most headlines.

Wyoming officials have already made trips to visit each of them about their open men's basketball coaching position.

But it wouldn't be surprising if UW athletics director Tom Burman made another call Saturday night.

While Dunlap, Taylor and several other rumored candidates saw their seasons end in the early rounds of the postseason last week, one candidate was still busy working.

He might even be the most likely candidate to help Burman achieve his self-imposed deadline as he attempts to make a hire before next weekend's Final Four.

You may recognize the name, because he's been here before: Larry Shyatt.

The Florida Gators top assistant saw his season end in an overtime loss to Butler early Saturday evening, seemingly freeing the one-time, one-year Wyoming coach for a quick chat -- if the parties hadn't touched base already.

Shyatt may not be UW's top choice right now, but he's certainly qualified and would likely be more ready than the others to make a decision.

With the coaching carousel continuing across the country and the names of Taylor and Dunlap seemingly gaining attraction at other schools, UW's top two candidates may be prone to waiting to see how things sort out through, and after, the Final Four.

I haven't seen Shyatt's name mentioned for the high-profile openings that are out there, but UW surely still has him on their list.

Shyatt, who will turn 60 years old next month, hasn't commented on his interest in the position, but several sources close to him or the process have told me that he is interested.

After serving as UW's head coach for the 1997-98 season, leading the team to 19-9 mark and the National Invitation Tournament, Shyatt left to take the head coaching position at Clemson.

He was there from 1998 until 2003 and has been an assistant to Billy Donovan since.

UW fans remember him for a solid season as well stocking the cupboard for winning campaigns after he left, but they also remember him for a messy breakup.

Shyatt became the target of a UW lawsuit when he left for Clemson, breaking his five-year contract. The sides eventually settled with Shyatt cutting a check for $286,000.

Has enough time passed that UW supporters would forget that past?

If he returned the Cowboys to their winning ways, stayed for more than one season and helped Burman achieve his goal of making a hire this week, all should be forgotten.

And while Taylor and Dunlap may still be the top targets now, Shyatt's name may be the one to remember.

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