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Shyatt 1997-98

Former Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt talks to Antone Lostetter during a game in the 1997-98 season.

Larry Shyatt is coming back to Laramie.

The former Wyoming men's basketball coach and, most recently, Florida assistant was hired this afternoon as the 21st men's basketball coach in school history, the Star-Tribune has learned.

Multiple sources confirmed to the Star-Tribune that the deal with Shyatt was finalized. The school also sent out a release at 3:05 p.m. to announce the hire.

"I've spent seven great years at the University of Florida helping to build a championship-caliber program, and this is one of the only places I would have considered leaving for," Shyatt said in a prepared release. "I'm excited about the commitment of the administration, and the passionate fan base I remember at Wyoming, and I can't wait to meet, work with and develop a great relationship with the current team."

The university said Shyatt signed a five-year deal that will pay at least $645,000, including incentives.

Shyatt will meet Sunday night with the current Cowboys team, the Star-Tribune has learned.

An in-house search committee interviewed multiple candidates Wednesday in Atlanta, including Shyatt, Kansas assistant Joe Dooley and College of Southern Idaho head coach Steve Gosar, a former Wyoming player and graduate assistant. The committee consisted of athletic director Tom Burman, president Tom Buchanan, associate athletic directors Matt Whisenant and Kevin McKinney, Wyoming women's hoops coach Joe Legerski and former UW hoops standout and NBA player Reggie Slater.

The in-house search committee also met Wednesday with Kansas assistant Joe Dooley, Shyatt's top competition, and College of Southern Idaho head coach Steve Gosar, a former Wyoming player and graduate assistant.

But Shyatt was the heavy favorite entering the meeting, the Star-Tribune reported Wednesday.

"We are thrilled to bring Larry (Shyatt) back to the University of Wyoming," Burman said in a prepared release. "He did a great job in his one season at UW, taking us to the NIT, and the players he recruited to Wyoming paid dividends for our program throughout their careers. Over the past seven seasons, he has had the opportunity to sit next to and coach with one of the premier coaches in America in Billy Donovan.

"One of the things that impressed our committee in our interview with Larry was how bad he wanted to be back at Wyoming."

Burman remained in Atlanta through today to negotiate the deal, which should bring UCLA assistant Scott Duncan and Shyatt's son, Jeremy, an assistant at North Florida, to Laramie.

Since 2004, Shyatt has served as Donovan's top assistant, helping lead the program to back-to-back national titles in 2006 and 2007.

The two-month-long coaching search included face-to-face interviews with Old Dominion head coach Blaine Taylor, a former player, assistant and head coach at Montana, and St. John's assistant Mike Dunlap, who has deep roots in the region after coaching Division II Metro State and serving as an assistant for the Denver Nuggets.

A report in the Twins Falls (Idaho) Times-News reported on its website today that Gosar will return to CSI.

"We get an opportunity to defend that title we worked so hard for," he said.

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