Weber State’s recent football history isn’t anything to brag about, but the Wildcats are hoping an overhaul to the coaching staff will bring them back into Big Sky contention. Jay Hill was hired away from Utah in December to try and start a turnaround, he was an assistant with the Utes for the past 13 seasons and brought plenty of FBS experience with him. He also brought transfers, eight from FBS schools, most notably quarterback Billy Green from BYU. The Wildcats have struggled the last three years winning just nine games, and five of those came in 2011. Most will remember after the 2011 season when WSU hired John L. Smith, a Weber grad to guide the team, but then left in April to take the Arkansas job after Bobby Petrino was fired. Jody Sears took over and won just two games each of the last two years and was let go after the season.
WSU is not that far removed from being a playoff team, the Wildcats made back to back trips to the postseason in 2008-09, sharing the Big Sky title in 2008, winning a first round game against Cal Poly, before losing to Montana in the 2nd round, then returned in 2009 losing to William and Mary in the first round.