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Time for those Friday links

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Ah, finally Friday. Start your weekend off right with some morning (or 4pm at work) reading from around the Mountain West Conference and the college sports world.

College Football has a new replay director.

Dean Blandino will now be in charge of instant replays, effective immediately. Never mind that there are no replays to review in the off-season. He was formerly VP of officiating in the NFL, so there is some prestige in this hire. He has also been a rules analyst during NFL games the past few years.

Is the draft advisory committee doing its job?

The committee exists to help players thinking about entering the draft early make a decision. They do this by evaluating them and giving them a draft round grade. With every year featuring more and more early entrees, is this committee doing what it intends to? The numbers and consensus from coaches seems to be that the evaluations are mostly spot-on with where the player ends up going (or not going). However, the issue is the players aren’t always listening.

Dare you to read this without crying.

Do you like feel good stories about teenagers overcoming the odds? Than be sure to read this one about Idaho senior Scott Matlock. He lost both parents before reaching high school. To quote the article, “football saved him” and now he can fulfill his dream of playing college football when he arrives on campus next January.

Boise State reveals their plans and goals for the future

Read about their athletic goals and objectives going forward. Building a baseball field is certainly a top priority, as is an olympic sports venue/arena, and making improvements to the existing arenas. Next step is actually doing this.

Ranking the MWC head coaches.

Again, these kind of lists have a main goal of providing reading material in the off-season. Take the rankings with a grain of salt, but enjoy reading where your favorite or least favorite coach ended up.