#120CowboyTough, 54 Days to Kickoff: A `Star' Among Us

July 9, 2013


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A `Star' Among Us

One of UW's most distinguished coaches in history, William H. `Lone Star' Dietz had a stellar career. After a stint as an assistant with legendary coach Pop Warner, he coached football and baseball at Wyoming from 1924-26. Under his guidance, two UW players earned all-conference honors for the first time in school history - in 1924 Oscar `Swede' Erickson and Franklin De Forrest were All-RMAC honorees.

Dietz had coached Washington State to a Rose Bowl win in 1916, and when he was hired at Wyoming, he took over a program that had gone 0-8 the previous year. His first season, UW went 2-6, but in 1925, the Cowboys were 6-3 with wins over Colorado Mines, Montana State and Northern Colorado. Over three seasons, he was 10-13-2. Dietz was inducted into the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame in 2012, the program's first coach to receive the honor.

About the #120CowboyTough Countdown

The 2013 season will mark the 120th anniversary of Wyoming Cowboy Football. To commemorate that anniversary, we will be counting down some of the great memories and moments from Wyoming football history over the next eight weeks leading up to the Cowboys' season opener at Nebraska on Aug. 31.

The 2013 "Countdown to Kickoff" will take Wyoming fans through Cowboy Football history chronologically. The first week will highlight some of the memorable moments from the period from the first season in 1893 through the 1940s. Then each successive week, the countdown will recall great moments from the 1950s, `60s, 70s, 80, 90s, 2000s and the current decade.

Our countdown will only touch on some of the greatest moments, but we encourage you, the Wyoming fans, to share your favorite memories through the official University of Wyoming Athletics Twitter (@wyoathletics) and Facebook pages (Wyoming Cowboys). Fans are encouraged to use #120CowboyTough when sharing their memories.

Enjoy the countdown, and we look forward to seeing you in War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 7 for the home opener versus the Idaho Vandals.