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Making The Rounds: A Smart Read, Fiesta Bowl In Trouble Again

This is the (usually lunch time) weekday feature of news and notes about Mountain West and their opponents news. If you have a link or a story you would think works send me a message on twitter @JeremyMauss or email me and I'll give you credit.

9 things and 1 crazy prediction  - Austin American Statesman

The original one-back spread offense | Smart Football
Before the Hal Mumme/Mike Leach Airraid or the Urban Meyer spread-to-run, there was the old, original one-back offense. The man who is considered the father is Dennis Erickson.

PlayoffPAC- Fiesta Bowl in trouble:

The Fiesta Bowl has, since 2007, secured for itself over $1.5 million in exchange for contractually binding schools to pay a fixed price for a pre-determined number of rooms at certain Scottsdale, Arizona hotels. These kickbacks are received under a contract with a local hotel group that will ultimately pay the Fiesta Bowl a total of $8.2 million.

During a thorough review of contracts and other materials, Playoff PAC failed to locate any indication the Fiesta Bowl informed schools of these payments. Public schools participating in Fiesta-hosted Bowl games have lost $4.6 million and paid $8.7 million for meal and loding expenses since 2007.

Boise State practice report: True freshman watch, presser audio, and more - One Bronco Nation Under God
A recap of the Boise State football team's weekend of scrimmages, press conferences, and practice

The Upset: 2011 Preview: Hawaii Warriors Lobo Defense Needs Offense to step it up