Another day, another set of links. Including updates on Boise State baseball, Fresno State, and Colorado State basketball.
The process is easy enough, deciding on a catchy name, find a location, and fill out some forms. However, the real challenge is getting sponsorship and making sure you end up on TV, usually with ESPN, and of course getting conference tie-ins so teams actually play in the bowl game. It all comes back to the money.
Gary Van Tol, the Bronco’s baseball coach gave an update. He still has no stadium, no staff, no real team, and a temporary office, but is as up beat as ever. He’s managed to corral 13 commits even though they won’t play until the 2020 season. He only has 2 open weekends remaining on his inaugural season schedule, and likes his chances in getting assistant coaches and transfers at the end of the season.
Jim Bartko, who was fired about 7 months ago, is speaking out, saying he was forced out of his position as Athletic Director at Fresno State. He had big goals when he took the job in late 2014, but his biggest impact was hiring Jeff Tedford before last season. This story may not be over.
New coach Niko Medved has gotten rave reviews thus far, although he hasn’t coached a game yet in Fort Collins. But, he has gone through the program, personally experienced the highs and lows, and is ready to embrace the challenge of rebuilding the program. He’s already developed relationships with the current players and got some hands-on experience with recruiting in convincing those players not to transfer. His track record also illustrates that he can turn programs around.
On the horizon:
- Later today: A comparison of recruiting in the MWC
- Thursday: A look at MWC NBA draft prospects
- On Friday: The latest MWC Roundtable looks at Boise State’s NY6 chances.
- On Friday: Friday Night Lights takes a look at