ESPN: Air Force is joining the in on the barage of football games at Yankee Stadium and will take on Army in 2012. Also, Notre Dame is possibly looking at scheduling TCU, but not in 2010 as some suggest. That game, if scheduled, would be a one and down if the money is high enough and might be in either 2011 or 2012.
Kelly Lyell, The Coloradoan: The Rams finally get back safety Klint Kubiak after he had a right ankle sprain that cost him five games and torn ligament in his left knee that cost him two more.
Kubiak was one of the teams leader last year and should be able to help improve a defense that was last in the Mountain West.
Jake Schaller, The Gazatte: Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson at the annual media days was still fighting the fight against the BCS. Thompson believes the league must prove it on the field but had this to say about the BCS:
"If we don’t do well, they’ll say, ‘Yup, see, they can’t do it. They’re not there,’If we do have success, they’ll say, ‘Maybe they’re right, maybe they can play at this level.’ … It is what it is. We know we have to win games."
On the field performance is the key for the Mountain West to have a chance of inclusion to the BCS, but even that may not be enough because the rules for BCS inclusion are so vague. However if the league is able to continue its 2008 success then the BCS will have to include the MWC.
Lya Wodraska, Salt Lake Tribune: The Utes picked up another recruit in Star Lotulelei who is a 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive lineman. He was planning on going to BYU but while at Snow College communication was lost, so Lotulelei ended up at Utah.
"BYU didn't stay in touch with me," he said. "I heard from the Utah coaches, both coach (Jay) Hill and (Kalani) Sitake stayed in touch with me. I'm excited, Utah is close to home so my family will be able to see me a lot."
Looks like Utah was able to snag this recruit from BYU, but it may not have mattered because BYU has only a few scholarships left for the2010 season. That could be why BYU did not keep in touch.
Dick Harmon, Deseret News: The bottom of the Mountain West is looking form someway to catch the Big three -- BYU, Utah, and TCU. Air Force looks to be the closest with the resurgence from new head coach Troy Calhoun.
UNLV and Colorado State are making strides but are still not there. The rest New Mexico, Wyoming, and San Diego State, are hoping that their new hires will be the move that gets them over the top. New Mexico head coch Mike Locklsey believes the difference is not that large:
"Now, having been indoctrinated into the league as a head coach, you see that there is the Air Force Academy, Colorado State, and UNLV is nipping at your heels. New Mexico? I didn't know much about it, but when you look at the run New Mexico's had over the last 10 years, they've won as many conference games as some of the Big Three as we've talked about."
Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union Tribune: The Aztecs have finally reached a ten year deal to keep San Diego State in Qualcomm Stadium. The 2008 season had the Aztecs playing in the stadium without a lease, but Qualcomm allowed them to play the season while working on a new deal.
Qualcomm was weary about a new lease because of they were losing about 30,000 dollars per game, below is the basics for the new deal:
"Under the new lease, SDSU will pay the city about $95,000, including the $30,000 in additional expenses and an estimated $15,000 from the added surcharge. Most tickets will include the surcharge except for student tickets and some others."
This is a relief for the Aztecs, because without this they would have no place to play. The surcharge is going to be just one dollar per ticket to all sporting events to cover the rest of the costs.
Joey Nowak San Diego Union Tribune: Head coach Brady Hoke is doing a great job in recruiting and so far has a verbal commit from four star quarterback Tyler Bray. He also is the fourteenth rated pro style quarterback and is the 229th ranked player in the 2010 class.
His choice game down to San Diego State, USC, and Tennessee and his decision came down to where other top quarterback recruit Jesse Scroggins was going. Scroggins chose USC which made Bray's decision easier. Here is what his high school coach Dace Steele had to say on his choice:
"I think (Bray) felt he had a good opportunity to come in and be productive fairly early in his career at (SDSU). The program is in the right direction, so I was excited for him when he decided that's what he wanted to do."
Even though Bray has said his choice is firm Tennessee is still pursing Bray, because the Vols lost out on the Scroggins sweepstakes.
Mike McGrane, San Diego Union Tribune: http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/jul/23/byu-coach-big-fan-hokes/
Kelly Lyell, The Coloradoan :http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20090723/SPORTS/907230348?FORM=ZZNR4
Jake Schaller, The Gazatte: http://www.gazette.com/sports/mwc-58959-bcs-plans.html
Lya Wodraska, Salt Lake Tribune: http://blogs.sltrib.com/utes/2009/07/linemans-future-goes-from-blue-to-red.htm
Dick Harmon, Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705318639/Other-6-looking-to-catch-MWC-Big-3.html