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Long retires, McDonald goes pro, basketball stuff

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Aztecs’ Rocky Long to resign; Brady Hoke will be head coach

The big news of yesterday. Long brought San Diego State football to new heights after replacing Brady Hoke in 2011, who oddly enough will now replace Long. What’s next for Long? Can the Aztecs keep the positive momentum going? Will double-dipping with Hoke work? Unknowns ahead for Aztec football.

Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald to forgo senior season and enter NFL Draft

The title says it all: Hawaii’s McDonald is NFL bound. Despite platooning at times, McDonald had over 4,000 passing yards in 2019 and helped Hawaii usher in another era of run-and-shoot success. This is a bit of a blow to the 2020 Warriors. McDonald goes out a champ after slaying Brigham Young in the Hawaii Bowl in December.

No. 7 San Diego State beats Wyoming 72-52 to stay undefeated

This might not be the best version of Wyoming Cowboys Basketball, but playing in Laramie is never easy. San Diego State wasn’t tripped up this time around, as the 7th-ranked Aztecs remain undefeated. How long can the conference darling stay undefeated?

Grading the Mountain West’s newly hired head football coaches

I think the college football carousel is over? Maybe? Nevada Sports Net’s Chris Murray grades the new coaching hires for Mountain West football. Thoughts? With Rocky Long retired and Cole McDonald NFL bound, it suddenly feels like the 2020 West Division is wide open.

Jessup the record setting guy

On the Horizon:

  • Coming Thursday: Boise State season recap.
  • Coming Thursday: Tropical Bowl Player Preview.