Dec 8, 2004 wire reports

OGDEN, Utah -- Former Utah coach Ron McBride is taking over as the coach Weber State.


The 65-year-old McBride was introduced as coach of the Wildcats on Wednesday after two seasons as an assistant at Kentucky.

"This is a dream come true for me," McBride said. "I love the state of Utah and have missed being here. This is the job I want and Weber State is an ideal situation for me."

WSU athletic director William J. Weidner said McBride is a proven winner who brings 40 years of coaching experience to the job.

"Coach McBride possesses all of the qualities that one would look for in a successful head football coach," Weidner said.

McBride was hired at Utah in 1990 and spent 13 seasons with the Utes before being fired after the 2002 season and replaced by Urban Meyer.

McBride went 88-63 with Utah and led the Utes to six bowl games.

McBride replaces Jerry Graybeal, who resigned last month after a 1-10 season, the worst in school history.

The Associated Press News Service

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