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Fri April 1, 2011
Shyatt addresses the media and says he wanted to come back
By Bob Beck
Laramie, WY – Wyoming's new basketball coach says he is excited about returning to coach the Cowboys and wants to make things right with fans, especially those who are upset with him for leaving after only one season. Larry Shyatt also believes Wyoming will be able to turn things around after a 10 and 21 season. Shyatt says he loved his most recent job, as the Associate Head Coach at Florida where the Gators won two national championships, but when he noticed that Heath Schroyer was fired earlier this year, he considered returning to Wyoming where he led the Cowboys to a 19-9 record and an NIT birth, before leaving after that season to be the head coach at Clemson. Shyatt has not concerns about returning for a second stint in Laramie. "No awkwardness on my part, but I do understand at that time that there was some feelings hurt and believe me we regretted that and that was one of the reasons we chose to return."
Some have suggested that it's difficult to recruit good players to come to Laramie. Shyatt says he expects no such problem.
"I don't see any paramaters that hurt us. We see it as a challenge and to be perfectly honest, in the one year that we were there we had a terrific recruiting class that gave a pretty good 3 or 4 years."
Shyatt says his first objective is to meet with the current players this weekend. Then he'll determine what needs the Cowboys have, and fill them.