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Crime, media deal, MBB games, heels, pass-rushing.

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Happy Monday everyone! We are two short weeks from MWC Media Days and with it our Kickoff Week here at MWCConnection. Until then, take a look at what’s coming your way down below.

Crime impacting Lobos’ baseball team.

If you follow New Mexico baseball, the name Colton Onstott may sound familiar to you. Or maybe it doesn’t, since he didn’t spend the 2019 season with the team. In November of last year, after the annual intrasquad scrimmage, he was robbed at gun point at a gas station. Understandably living in fear since his personal information was stolen from him (as well as his car, not to mention the trauma of being held at gun point), Onstott was given his release from the program and transferred to Southeast Florida College, where he played this past season. It is unfortunately the latest in a series of crime impacting the baseball team over the years. Most serious was the fatal shooting of pitcher Jackson Weller in May.

Future of the MWC hinges on new media deal?

In a lot of ways, yes. Should kickoff times or national exposure be prioritized? Digital streaming or traditional television? These are the questions Craig Thompson, school ADs and school Presidents need to decide on in the coming months. The AAC got lots of money to have lots of games on ESPN+, which fans will have to pay for. Does the MWC decide they are good with ESPN+ games as well? Or worse, what if ESPN isn’t interested in having them?

Nevada adds a game with Texas Southern.

If there’s one thing that is constant about offseason basketball news, it’s that non-conference games are announced on the regular. Three former Wolf Pack coaches or staff and one former Wolf Pack player are now part of the Tiger’s program, so this game will have some emotional ties behind it. Nevada now has two games to fill in order to complete this season’s schedule.

Spartans in heels.

Under Brent Brennan, and with the help of Tobruk Blaine, the Spartan’s football program has been a pioneer in the MWC when it comes to educating its players on issues of women’s right and introducing them to related experiences. Last year they had a survivor of sexual assault speak to the team. This year, they walking the walk by participating in the annual YWCA event “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes”. Seeing football players attempt to walk in stilettos will inspire a few laughs, but their the event is also inspiring as it raises awareness about domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

Galeai isn’t messing around on the pass-rush.

MWCConnection expresses their deepest sympathies to all who knew Scheyenne.

On the horizon:

  • Later today: A new MWC Recruiting Roundup, full of the latest offers and recruiting info.
  • Coming Tuesday: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly continues with a look at the best and worth of the 2018 season.
  • Coming Wednesday: A new Peak Perspective post. The MWC Has a Rivalry Problem.