‘This is my own deal now and I understand that the buck stops with me’

University of Wyoming’s Craig Bohl and Montana State’s Brent Vigen have coached many football games together from Fargo to Laramie, but this Saturday, the two will look across the sidelines and try to outmaneuver the other.
Published: Sep. 1, 2021 at 7:21 PM CDT
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LARAMIE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - University of Wyoming Head Football Coach Craig Bohl and Montana State Head Football Coach Brent Vigen have spent the last 18 seasons on the sidelines together, including the last seven in Laramie, but this Saturday will be the first time the two coaches look across the sidelines and see one another.

Vigen had been Bohl’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in Laramie since arriving from Fargo, but he took the head coaching job in Bozeman earlier this year. His first test as a head coach comes against his old team and mentor after Montana State opted out of the 2021 Spring FCS Season.

“I think going there the emotion is I know those guys are going to be ready to go,” said Vigen. “I know how Coach [Bohl] prepares a team, and I certainly know the team inside and out, so the biggest thing is just getting our guys ready to go and understand we’re going to be playing in a hostile environment, and I think that overrides any personal feelings or whatever that I would have.”

During his Monday press conference, Coach Bohl said there are “tons of storylines” heading into the matchup between the two teams. “Both Brent and I enjoy a great relationship that goes back many years, but when the game gets going, it’s going to be about the players,” said Bohl.

The fact that his first game as a head coach is against the University of Wyoming in Laramie is “an interesting twist more than anything,” said Vigen.

It is Vigen’s first time being a head coach at the collegiate level. He had been an associate head coach for his last four years in Laramie in addition to his duties as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

“My experience coordinating and having the responsibility that I have had the last dozen years has prepared me in some ways for sure,” said Vigen. “I know seeing Coach Bohl and how he’s handled a whole number of things in all our time together has prepared me, but this is my own deal now, and I understand that the buck stops with me.”

He said he’s looking forward to leading a group that hasn’t played in a competitive game since 2019. “Saturdays in Laramie in September is what college football is all about, and I know we’re all looking forward to it.”

The game kicks off Saturday at 2 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.

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