Here are the comments from Van Pelt and Ryen:
From Russillo, who pointed out that the origin of the Dax Crum bit came when Crum was starting for UW two seasons ago: "At first I just thought it was a
different name, his story was interesting and I was rooting for a comeback. So I
started following him a little. ...
"I have never had the intention of making fun of the team" and feel terrible if the players feel that way. I know that Austyn is the starter and he had a great season, we like Wyoming. That's it. I don't know a ton about Wyoming football, I'd be lying if I said I did, but we kind of adopted the team. I love the helmet, I think you have
a great coach, a lot of fans have told us that they love seeing the helmet on
our set and I thought it would be cool to show some support for a program that
doesn't get any national publicity."
I think it does help to have the helmet on the show fairly often. I have watch the SVP show on ESPNU on weekdays that I have off and I love seeing the Wyoming helmet there. If they would actually mention Wyoming or any Mountain West School once a week that would be great. It drives me nuts they spend some much time talking about Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, USC, Texas etc...
From Van Pelt: "We have gotten a ton of love from
the Wyoming coaches,
specifically Coach Christensen who sent a note that they seemingly enjoyed their
status, along with Idaho, as the helmets on our desk during the show.
..." The irony here is, we KNOW who [Carta-Samuels] is. I watched him in
several games last year and he (and the whole team) were great in the bowl win
Van Pelt also mentioned that he wanted to interview Carta-Samuels at some point during the season. I would love to have either member of the show come to Laramie and actually experience a game in person.