UW officials travel to Virginia, perhaps to meet with Blaine Taylor

2011-03-22T16:37:00Z 2011-03-22T19:46:58Z UW officials travel to Virginia, perhaps to meet with Blaine Taylor Casper Star-Tribune Online
March 22, 2011 4:37 pm

Just back from the airport, where Wyoming athletics director Tom Burman, president Tom Buchanan and associate athletics director Matt Whisenant landed in a plane bringing them back from Virginia.

According to flight records, the private aircraft left Laramie this morning for the Newport News/Williamsburg Airport, landed for approximately 2.5 hours -- 90 minutes longer than its scheduled stop -- and returned just before 4 p.m.

I spoke briefly with Burman as he trudged through the nasty wind to his car and he merely laughed when I mentioned that he told me Monday night that he wasn't going to Virginia.

As he has since the beginning of the search, he declined to go on the record regarding who he may have visited or how close he was to a hire.

Speculation is that the UW trio visited Old Dominion coach Blaine Taylor. Taylor has been there since 2001, compiling a 188-105 record with six straight postseason appearances. They lost to Butler to open the NCAA tournament this year, their third trip to the Big Dance in six years.

Taylor also coached for six seasons at Montana during the 1990s, going 141-66 with one trip to the NCAA tournament.

While the trip by three top administrators seems to indicate that Taylor -- if that's who they visited -- is a top candidate, a source close to the program indicated that a deal is not imminent, also stating that while the search could end this week, it seems more likely to drag into the next.

Burman told me Monday night he hopes to have the search completed before the Final Four.

Taylor has also been part of rumors surrounding the open position at Utah.



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