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Week 0, boxing, and winter/spring practices?

NCAA Football: Georgia State at Air Force Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve got lots of links today, so let’s cut to the chase:

Hawaii continues its Week 0 game tradition.

In a way, the Rainbow Warriors kind of kick off the college football season, like the Lions and Cowboys playing on Thanksgiving. They will be playing a week before the season officially begins, this is part of an exemption they were granted given their difficult travel schedule and it allows them to avoid having to play 13 games in 13 straight weeks. While last year they opened against UMass, this season will be a bit different as it will be a conference game against Colorado State. And the winner will be #1 in the conference for a few weeks before other MWC matchups take place.

Boise State football player enter the boxing ring.

As part of their offseason conditioning program, the Broncos are incorporating some boxing training. For each player, it is great for improving their footwork. The article also highlights how position groups can benefit:

Pitman said “the linemen really liked it,” noting improvement in hand placement and hand-eye coordination. For running backs, pass blocking can be improved. Linebackers can use the lessons in getting off blocks. Receivers and cornerbacks have to keep or get off press coverage. For all, boxing improves shoulder strength, vital at any spot.

They also do yoga and focusing on post-practice recovery.

Where was every FBS coach 10 years ago?

This is a really cool article that tracks where each coach was a decade ago. It’s worth reading the entire list, both to test your memory and see if you can find former MWC coaches and assistants scattered around the nation. Some noteworthy tidbits: 10 years ago, Air Force HC Troy Calhoun was the HC of Air Force. Rocky Long was the HC at New Mexico, and Bryan Harsin, Brent Brennan, and Nick Rolovich were at their current schools as assistants or coordinators.

The Rebels get a nice gift

Aldo and Dawn Madrigrano donated $1 million to the new football stadium project. The entire thing is expected to cost $28 million and they report having $23 million already. The stadium is expected to open up in 2019.

Spring Practices starting during Winter?

A few teams in the MWC are already beginning their spring ball practices. New Mexico has been at it for a few weeks already (despite their coach being suspended) and now Air Force, SJSU, SDSU and Utah State are following suit. While no one is against football activities going on in February, it does seem early for “spring ball”. (Edit: find out why in tomorrow’s edition)

On the horizon:

  • Later today: our weekly MWC Recruiting Roundup
  • Later today: part 10 in our Recruiting Breakdown Series featuring Wyoming
  • From yesterday/today: Game recaps from MWC MBB action over the weekend. (Fresno State, Wyoming, SJSU, with Nevada and New Mexico posting later today)