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Mountaintop View 5-31-18

Nevada inks a huge deal, plus Aztecs football and Lobos baseball.

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

Welcome to the Thursday edition of the Mountaintop View. Enjoy the view and the reading.

Wolf Pack ink a huge deal with Adidas.

Nevada athletics and Adidas have signed a deal through the 2024-2025 season. They will get uniforms, shoes, apparel, and other accessories. This new deal is a huge win for Nevada and helps put them on the map more in the athletic world.

Aztecs base defense could become the new trend across CFB.

This SBNation article references the San Diego State 3-3-5 defense as the trend that is gaining popularity in college football, either in sub-packages and base defenses. The scheme basically frees up the back 7 of the defense to make plays in space. The key is the dime rover or “robber” in the Aztec scheme, a versatile player who can hit in space, match the TE or spy on the QB. He basically functions as a speedy LB or big safety.

Lobos looking to extend baseball coach.

Even with all the budget turmoil in the New Mexico athletic department, it looks like they are trying to find money to extend baseball coach Ray Birmingham. He’s 63 and has been there for 11 seasons. Both parties seem to want to get the deal done, so it should only be a matter of time.

Nevada Mail Bag.

Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette Journal answers questions such as: Does Nevada have big time athletic budget, how does Musselman succeed at the social media hype, and the future of the Martin twins.

On the horizon:

  • Later today: Casey and Mike examine the Bronco careers of Zavior Hoxie and Dylan Sumner-Gardner, as well as wrap up the series.
  • Friday: Our weekly round-table takes a look at which MWC football coach is most likely to be on the hot seat this season.
  • Friday: In the debut of the Friday Night Lights Series, a look at the football program of Mayfair HS in Lakewood CA.