It’s Monday and we’re back at it. Stay updated on everything going on in the Mountain West, both news around the internet and what original content is coming your way this week. Also, it’s Kickoff Week here at MWCConnection, and we will feature a different post every day to preview the Mountain West Conference in preparation for the season.
As you may have seen, some division II conferences are planning a football schedule that features seven games this fall and the rest of the games in the spring. Should the NCAA move to the same format for their FBS division? It provides for flexibility and depending on how many games or weeks of the season are cancelled in the fall, it would allow enough time to plan out what the spring would look like. The NCAA doesn’t seem like it will make decisions until it needs to, which is fine. But this should probably be one of their fallback plans.
Nicole Auerbach, who has been doing a great job covering how the pandemic is affecting college football, write about another issue. What happens if teams can’t travel to other states, or at least without a mandatory quarantine? For UConn, that would mean only being able to play two games on this year’s schedule. The AD at Old Dominion said if that happens, playing games only against teams in Virginia would be the option he would want to pursue. Not even conference-only games would save games from this hurdle.
Another day, another watchlist release.
UNLV announces school/athletic budget cuts.
As part of the new reduced Fiscal Year 2021 budget in the state of Nevada, UNLV will see a $50.5 million dollar cut from the original budget.— Alex Wright (@AlexWright1028) July 24, 2020
In regards to athletics, there will be a $1.55 million dollar reduction in state support.#UNLV #UNLVRebels #UNLVfb #UNLVmbb pic.twitter.com/NphYIQ4U4r
Update: There is no update about NCAA Championships.
NCAA Board of Governors kicks the can down the road on a fall championships decision.— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) July 24, 2020
"It is clear that the format of our championships will have to change if they are to be conducted in a safe and fair manner." pic.twitter.com/xHwDXtGh4r
On the horizon:
- Later today: A new MWC Recruiting Roundup, filled with the latest news and offers.
- Later today: MWCConnection 2020 All-Mountain West Preseason Teams
- Coming Tuesday: Another edition of The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Prediction Edition.
- Coming Tuesday: MWCConnection 2020 Preseason Awards and Predictions.
- Coming Wednesday: Building a Program #3: Blending the Coaching Staff
- Coming Wednesday: MWCConnection 2020 Preseason Best Position Units.