Happy Christmas Eve! We had a full slate of MWC hoops over the weekend and also had another team playing in a bowl game. Whether you’re off of work or counting down the hours until the day ends, take the time to do some reading to start off your day.
Hawaii looked like the team traveling thousands of miles Saturday night. Their offense, nor either quarterback, were able to get on a roll. McDonald was pulled with one minute left in the first quarter in favor of Cordeiro. McDonald would go back in at some point in the second half, but Cordeiro would be in again as well. The Warriors allowed a bowl record in sacks and they did more than their fair share in setting the combined bowl record for penalties in the game.
Last offseason was a defining one for Rolo and the Hawaii program. They went back to its root in the run-and-shoot offense. He met with Air Raid guru Mike Leach as well as Dan Hawkins, to get his perspective on forming the foundations of a successful program. The story of meeting with Leach is a good one. Rolo credits those two convos as key as anything about their successful season.
Boise State has two of the top 5 listed here. They mentioned how QB Hank Bachmeier, the only player in the Rivals top 250 players to sign with a Group of 5 school, thrives on competition and could be poised to take advantage of an opportunity. They also highlight ATH Casey Kline, who played quarterback and linebacker in high school. They state how Kline could play linebacker or their hybrid STUD position, but figures to make an impact regardless.
You probably saw former and current Aggies tweeting this out last Friday but long time equipment manager Steve Wiley passed away at 67. Sounds like he was an iconic member of the program. He had roles of driving the equipment to road games and most recently, handing flag to players to carry when they ran out to the field.
Learfield Director’s Cup features 4 MWC teams in top 55.
Teams ranked in Top 55 of Learfield Directors' Cup Standings— Mountain West (@MountainWest) December 21, 2018
Mountain West: 4️⃣
Rest of G5 combined: 2️⃣ pic.twitter.com/rlDsA4hczz
On the horizon:
- Later today: The latest MWC Recruiting Roundup, which is much quieter than the past month.
- Later today: Taking the Temperature: New MBB rankings are out.
- Later today: Our December recruiting series continues, with today’s post looking at Fresno State.
- Coming Tuesday: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Bowl Week 2, looking at how SDSU and Hawaii faired.