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Mountaintop View 10-30-20

Numbers crunch, Rocky’s return, bubble talk, Bohl extended, APR suspended, defense, spring sports.

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It’s Friday and we are in day two of a three-day span of Mountain West games. Get caught up on the Mountain West news here.

Numbers crunch coming to the next recruiting class?

If transfers no longer have to sit out a season, will that impact recruiting? When it’s factored in that coaches aren’t able to meet 2021 recruits in person, evaluate them in person, or see them play in person. Transfers are in theory more of a known and proven commodity. This won’t impact the blue chip recruits and most MWC schools don’t seem to be following this, but it may impact the type of players who normally round out a class or a see their recruiting pick up late.

Rocky Long talks about his New Mexico return.

Katie Hnida, the former kicker who played football under Coach Long at New Mexico, was instrumental in getting him to return to the Lobos coaching staff. She has multiple stories of his kindness off the field as well as his toughness on the field. Long said he didn’t want to bother chasing money and destination schools and instead wanted to go somewhere sentimental and where he had roots.

The MWC and WCC are considering basketball bubbles.

Craig Thompson said a season bubble is “in their back pocket”. It sounds like it will be used as a last resort option to be used if games start getting cancelled. It sounds like their idea is a series of smaller bubbles. It at leasts sounds like they are thinking ahead.

The Cowboys extend Bohl.

APR suspended, and there could be changes to academic qualifications for student athletes.

MWC teams bringing it on defense.

The MWC announces season formats for spring sports.

On the horizon:

  • Later today: Game previews of Boise State, Utah State, New Mexico
  • Later today: Game Threads: Week 2 Part 2
  • Coming tonight and tomorrow: A slate of MWC games.