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NCAA Basketball: Nevada at Colorado State Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Did CSU hire the wrong former Tim Miles assistant as its basketball coach?

Folks, it’s always take season, and Kelly Lyell of the Coloradoan is bringing the heat by stating the obvious: Utah State made a better hire for their vacant basketball coaching position than the Rams did. The Aggies are looking at a potential NCAA Tournament berth, and the Rams...aren’t. That said, it’s too early to say who will be the better coach long term. Craig Smith, however, is way out in front to start that race.

Who deserves to be the Mountain West player of the year?

Spoiler: it’s Utah State’s Sam Merrill, who has posted a 37.1 minutes per game, 22 points per game, 3.9 rebounds per game, 4.4 assists per game, and 1.1 steals per game stat line to this point.

Preston Williams fails to impress at CSU football’s pro day

Preston Williams wasn’t at Colorado State for long, but he was a menace to defenses in his brief stint with the Rams. That unfortunately didn’t show at his Pro Day on Wednesday. Williams wasn’t allowed to participate at the NFL combine due to a 2017 arrest. Time will tell if any of these factors weights heavily on his pro career.

Source: LSU hires former New Mexico defensive coordinator to analyst role

Kevin Cosgrove, who was slated to be New Mexico’s linebackers coach in 2019 after accepting what was sort of a demotion, will instead be joining LSU’s staff as an analyst.

Here’s what to watch for at Wyoming’s Pro Day

Wyoming’s pro day will be Thursday (yeah, today). What do the participating Pokes need to do in order to improve their draft stock? Read what Davis Potter has to say about the topic.

Mandel’s Mailbag: Has Boise State lost its magic? (subscription)

You’ll need a subscription to read this one, but Stewart Mandel tackles the question of whether Boise State has lost its Cinderella role to UCF in recent years. Without totally spoiling his answer is...yes, and no. He also places some high expectations for the Broncos when they travel to Florida State in Week 1 this fall, which surely won’t jinx them at all.

March Madness: ESPN’s Joe Lunardi updates his bracket

What do you think, Wolf Pack and Aggies fans? Lunardi has Nevada falling to the 6-seed, playing Arizona State in Tulsa. He also has the 10-seed Utah State Aggies playing 7-seed Cincinnati in Columbia, South Carolina. I don’t think the Bearcats would be keen on dealing with the Mountain West in March again.

Best in Class: Boise State’s 2019 haul is No. 1 in G-5 history

What’s that? You thought football recruiting talk was done? Well, it never really is. The accolades for Boise State’s 2019 football recruiting class continue to pile up.

On the horizon:

Thursday: Stats Corner: Ripping down the NET, Boise State special teams preview