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Mountaintop View 5-14-19

Softball, Baseball, Nevada in Paradise Jam

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Happy Tuesday, everyone. As always we have some links to keep you updated on. This week we have some baseball and softball news heading into the postseason and, as always, some offseason hoops news as well.

Ex-Hawaii coach lands in XFL

Former Hawaii football coach, June Jones, has been named the head coach and general manager of the XFL’s Houston franchise. Jones signed his 2 year agreement on Monday and is ready to get to work. This is Jone’s 5th gig since leaving Hawaii after 9 seasons with the program. Jones best season was in 2007 when he led Hawaii to the Sugar Bowl. He has also had stints with the Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers.

Boise State softball acquires at-large bid to NCAA Tournament

The Broncos are heading to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in as many seasons. Boise State, after finishing the regular season 34-14, were one of the last teams into the tournament as an at-large bid. The Broncos will open the tournament against Stanford in Gainesville at 10 AM MDT on Friday. Florida and Boston are the other two teams in the regional.

Fresno State checks into top 25 rankings

We have a Mountain West baseball team in the top 25! Baseball America has ranked the Bulldogs as the #25 team in the country. Fresno State has been on a tear posting a 17-3-1 record in their last 21 games. The Mountain West leading Bulldogs are just one win in their final 3 game series away from claiming the regular season MW title. The Bulldogs now have hopes of winning the 4 team MW tournament later this month and have their sights set on an NCAA tournament appearance as well.

Nevada to play Fordham in Paradise Jam Tourney

This November, Nevada will take on Fordham in the first round of the Paradise Jam preseason tournament. This is the second time Nevada will be participating in the tournament. The Wolf Pack will play three games and the tournament in highlighted by Cincinnati, GCU, Valparaiso, and Illinois State. Nevada will tip-off against Fordham on November 22nd. Fordham ranks as the worst team in the tournament field based on last seasons NET ranking.

Coach Ray Birmingham reaches career milestone

On the horizon:

  • Later Today: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Mountain West Coaching
  • Coming Wednesday: Peak Perspective: Rating recently announced MWC non-conference games.