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Making The Rounds: 8/8/2010

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Utah ranked in the USA Today Coaches' Preseason Top 25, released this week.

The 2010 Utah football team is tied for No. 24 with West Virginia in the USA Today Coaches' Preseason Top 25, released today. It marks the third time in school history that the Utes have cracked the USA Today Coaches' Preseason Top 25.

Runnin' Utes to face Butler in Diamond Head Classic.

The University of Utah men's basketball team will take on NCAA runner-up Butler in the first round of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, Wednesday, Dec. 22 in Honolulu. The Utes and Bulldogs tip off at 9 p.m. MT live on ESPNU.  The winner of Utah vs. Butler will take on the winner of the Florida State vs. Hawaii matchup on Thursday, Dec. 23, live on ESPN2.


NCAA denies BYU's waiver request regarding the transfer of former USC linebacker.

BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall announced Friday that an NCAA waiver submitted on behalf of junior linebacker Uona Kaveinga was denied.  BYU has submitted an appeal. The waiver asked that the USC transfer be allowed to play this season without having to sit out a year after his transfer.

BYU to hoop it up on national television.

BYU basketball coach Dave Rose announced the 2010-11 schedule today, which features matchups with Arizona and UCLA, a trip to the South Padre Island Invitational and a nationally televised game at San Diego State on CBS.


TCU seventh in Preseason Coaches Poll.

The TCU football team is seventh in the preseason USA Today coaches' poll, marking its highest preseason ranking since 1956 when it was also seventh.  It's the sixth time since 2000 that TCU has been ranked in the preseason. Last year's No. 17 preseason ranking was TCU's highest appearance in a preseason poll since 1960, when it was 11th. The previous four occasions saw the Horned Frogs no higher than 20th in a preseason poll.


Frogs feeling the heat.

The Horned Frogs' first practice of the 2010 season Thursday afternoon had all the hallmarks of previous August openers under coach Gary Patterson. And the coach, for the most part, was pleased.   "It wasn't bad," Patterson said. "It was hot. Some people cramped up. That's the way it is every year."  The two-hour, 24-period practice was a typically fast-paced collection of drills. Considering the heat index, which hit 108 degrees at 5 p.m.   That won't change much next week. The forecast calls for temperatures in the high 90s all next week.

Air Force

O-line is starting to gel.

The new-look Air Force offensive line looks good so far.  There hasn’t been too much for the coaches to evaluate, considering Saturday was the first day of full pads practice. But they could learn some about the line when the team was in shoulder pads and helmets for three days, and that group, which is replacing all five starters, did fine during the first week of camp.  "I’ve been pleased," said Clay Hendrix, who coaches the offensive line. "I feel good about the group, I really do feel good about it. We came back in great shape."


University of Wyoming to add suites to War Memorial Stadium.

An exciting new facility project, offering University of Wyoming Football fans the advantages of indoor, luxury seating, will begin construction in the spring of 2009 and will be named the Wildcatter Stadium Club & Suites at War Memorial Stadium.  A total of 12 individual suites along with a stadium-club area that will contain 250 indoor seats will be added to the upper east side of War Memorial Stadium and will be named after the many successful "Wildcatters" of Wyoming. A Wildcatter is a person who displays the strength and courage to risk drilling oil or gas wells in areas where there is no guarantee that oil or gas will be found.   The new facility project is scheduled to be completed for the start of the 2010 football season. The project is funded with private donations and matching funds appropriated by the Wyoming State Legislature.


Runnin' Rebs TV schedule announced.

The Runnin' Rebels will play on television at least 23 times this season and of those appearances that are set, 11 will be shown on the The Mtn., four on CBS College Sports, another four on VERSUS and one on ESPN2. The ESPN family of networks will be televising the 76 Classic over Thanksgiving weekend in which the Rebels will open up against Tulsa at 8:30 pm on ESPN 2 on Thanksgiving Day. 

Colorado State

ESPN Regional Television announced CSU's first-round matchup and tournament bracket for the inaugural Cancun Governor’s Cup, to be held Dec. 22-24 at the Poliforum Benito Juarez in Cancun, Mexico. 

Colorado State faces off against Appalachian State in the final game of the opening round, Dec. 22 at 6:30 p.m. MT, with the winner advancing to the second round to take on the winner of the Ole Miss vs. Texas State matchup.  That second-round game will be broadcast on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m. MT on Dec. 23.  The championship game is slated for a 7 p.m. MT tip on Dec. 24, and will be televised live on ESPN2. 

San Diego State

Brady Hoke is looking to establish the run in 2010.

"It's as important as anything we do. We look at the two games we didn't finish where we had the opportunity to finish a year ago and we couldn't run the clock out. How we look at an offense here, your offense has to control the ball. I know one thing from playing on the defensive side of the football and coaching on the defensive side of the football, when somebody can run the ball at you, it's demoralizing. We couldn't finish games, couldn't get the third-and-one in a couple situations that would have meant we have another possession and we are going to keep the football longer. The other thing an offense has to do though, when you get behind, you better be able to strike fast by throwing the football over the top (of the defense.) If we can do the things that we expect up front with our offensive line, and we get the back that we want, then we are going to be a much more balanced and effective football team."  -Brady Hoke from Aztec Media Day

New Mexico

Defense shines Saturday at Lobo training camp.

The Lobo defense had three interceptions during the second half of practice Saturday to highlight the third practice of training camp. UNM continued with its split squads at the UNM practice fields in 90-degree heat. The Lobos wore shoulder pads and helmets for the first time as the intensity level continued to rise. New Mexico will be off Sunday but returns to the field Monday at 2:30 p.m.  

"This was our first day in shoulder pads and I thought it went well," said Lobo head coach Mike Locksley. "Today was the first day that the defense got the best of the offense. We hope to take advantage of our day off tomorrow and use our time wisely. We need to get off our feet tomorrow and recover before our final split practice Monday."