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Catch up on the biggest news the past few days.

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Welcome to Friday and the links are jammed packed. It was a busy news week in the Mountain West Conference and College Football in general. We have some of the biggest stories all in one compact post for you today.

The redshirt rule passed!!!

This proposal had many coaches and fans in its corner. So much upside as players can get a taste of college football while preserving their eligibility. It will help when injuries pile up and coaches can try players out to see if they are ready. Look for freshmen to make an impact in small packages of players, certain situations, and get time on special teams. MWCConnection will go in-depth on this in the next week or two.

Also, it is not less restrictive for player’s transferring.

Another rule that benefits players passed yesterday. Players now do not have to have coaches grant them their release in order to transfer. Seemingly every year a story comes out about a program not allowing a player to transfer and they lose the opportunity to catch on with a new school. Now conferences can limit in-conference transferring, and the NCAA will put make tampering a steeper violation in efforts to keep that from getting out of control. But overall, this is a good thing as long as it is kept from going out of control.

If you like bowl season, they got three more coming for you.

As expected, the new bowls passed and will begin in 2020. The bowl at Wrigley figures to be quite a popular. Also, it sounds like the bowl in Myrtle Beach will feature a Group of 5 school, but the MWC wasn’t one mentioned. The third one could end up in Charleston South Carolina! And the MWC is mentioned as a possibility for that, but mainly because it can add a bowl. They also mention a new Arizona State bowl, where its champion may start going.

NCAA continued to be busy, approved a Hawaii football clinic.

The NCAA must’ve been in a really good mood this week, because they were saying yes to everyone. The Rainbow Warriors benefitted from this, as colleges are usually not permitted to hold a camp on the campus for high school players of that high school. However, due to the volcano, the camp had to be moved and this ended up being the destination. The article is worth the read to see the ever-quotable Rolo make a reference to How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The Spartans have a new baseball coach.

Congrats to Brad Sanfilippo, who was promoted from within the program.

On the horizon:

  • Later today: Be on the look out for the MWC Roundtable, the latest Friday Night Lights, and an article or two about recent events from the MWC.
  • Coming next week: A brand new series is rolling out starting on Tuesday. Zach will be contributing weekly with: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. You’ll have to wait to find out what it will be about.
  • Coming soon: Be on the lookout for a more in-depth discussion on the benefits of the new redshirt rule and how it will come into play this season.