One of the conference’s top players is injured, the dreaded vote of confidence for Bobo, and some rare basketball news in your Wednesday links.
San Diego State received terrible news Monday night as it was announced that lead rusher Juwan Washington will miss 6 weeks with a broken collarbone. Washington was a top-5 rusher in the nation, with 150 yards per game, and one of the best offensive players in the Mountain West. The loss is devastating to the Aztecs’ chances in the west division as they begin Mountain West play against Boise State in two weeks.
Nevada has invited NBA scouts to its first ever pro day on Thursday to evaluate its players prior to the upcoming season. Scouts will have the opportunity to observe players and speak with staff about potential prospects. Nevada will be a top 15 team entering the season.
When the Spartan football team met with the San Jose Police Department, they expected to hear a lecture on staying out of trouble. Instead, the SJPD sought input and discussion from the players on topics such as their perception of the police and the role of student athletes as public figures. The meeting is a good example of the productive discussion that is lacking nowadays.
Some Colorado State fans have begun to call for coach Mike Bobo’s firing after a 1-4 start including a loss to FCS foe Illinois State. Athletic Director Joe Parker stood by Bobo; however, citing the program’s long-term trajectory and the attitude Bobo has instilled in the team. To maintain Parker’s support, Bobo will likely have to come up with a few more wins before the year is over.
Two Mountain West teams made the top 10 with Boise State at No. 2 and San Diego State at No. 7. Fresno State, Hawaii, and Utah State placed in the others receiving votes category.