The attention this week has rightfully been on signing day, but believe it or not there are bowl games this weekend! On Friday, Utah State will take on Kent State of the MAC in the Frisco Bowl. Read above for a preview on the Golden Flashes.
Rumors have turned into reality as New Mexico football filled the void left by the recently fired Bob Davie. Arizona State defensive coordinator and UNM alum Danny Gonzales has taken the Lobos job. Gonzales has coached under Rocky Long and Herman Edwards, and being from New Mexico was a big factor. Considering how other Mountain West coaches currently at their alma mater (Harsin, Rolovich, Calhoun, etc.) are doing, can’t blame the Lobos for making this move.
While the Colorado State, UNLV, and even New Mexico openings ruled the headlines, Fresno State’s coaching search felt a bit more covert. Maybe that’s because the hire was obvious. Former Fresno State offensive coordinator and Indiana offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer has returned to Fresno after only a year away to takeover after Jeff Tedford’s surprise exit.
Contract details for Gonzales
Danny Gonzales is the Lobos new football head coach. His agreement is for 5 years, $700K; the base is $400K and $300K is media, apparel, etc. Still working on the contract that will most likely include incentives. pic.twitter.com/oxkhFbciro— Steve Virgen (@SteveVirgen) December 18, 2019
I don’t typically plug our own stuff, but our very own Mike Wittmann puts in a ton of work on the recruiting front for the MWCConnection. Please give our signing day coverage a look.
A few more signees will likely trickle in today. But here are the majority of the Mountain West 2020 classes from the December signing period.— Mike Wittmann (@Mike_SBN) December 18, 2019
Class of 2020 December Signing Day Tracker https://t.co/elJgbHHwxY via @MWCConnection
On the Horizon:
- Thursday: The Boise State Vegas Bowl preview
- Thursday: Our “Recruiting Road So Far” series kicks off. Each post will look at what each team accomplished during the initial signing day and what work needs to be done before the second one in February.
- Coming Friday: The second post in the “Recruiting Road So Far” series.