John Wristen may have coached his last football game at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Wristen will meet with officials at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti on Thursday.
“I’m supposed to fly out there on Thursday morning and meet with them on Thursday and Friday,” Wristen said Tuesday night. “I don’t know much about it … That’s why I need to go check it out.”
Wristen said that he wasn’t “actively looking” for another job, but that officials at EMU reached out. He said he talked with EMU Athletic Director Heather Lyke on Sunday night.
“They said ‘we saw what you’ve done’ and wanted me to come and check it out,” he said.
Wristen has been courted in the past. Four years ago, he was a candidate for the Northern Colorado job, only to remove himself from consideration. This is the first Division I head coaching job Wristen has interviewed for since he arrived at CSU-Pueblo.
Wristen was hired in 2007 to help CSU-Pueblo, his alma mater, resurrect its football program in time for the 2008 season. In six seasons under Wristen, the ThunderWolves are 54-15 and have won three consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships. They also have not lost a regular-season game in three-plus seasons.
The Pack, however, lost in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs again this year. CSU-Pueblo is 1-3 in playoff games in the last three seasons.
EMU struggled under English, who was fired in November. The Eagles were 2-10 this season, 1-7 in the Mid-American Conference. Eastern Michigan drew just 20,255 in five home games this season (4,051 average).
English made a reported $350,000 per year. Wristen makes approximately $100,000 annually at CSU-Pueblo.
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