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Mountaintop View 8-27-20

Surprise, more COVID headlines.

NCAA Football: Air Force at Colorado State Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

Air Force guard Nolan Laufenberg named second-team preseason All-American by Associated Press

Football this fall, no football this fall, still positive to see Air Force offensive lineman Nolan Laufenberg receive top accolades from the Associated Press in the form of being named second-team All-American. It’s a preseason award, but since there is no season for Air Force or anyone else in the Mountain West, Nolan can go ahead and call himself an All-American.

Lawsuit from family of late lineman says former New Mexico football coach Bob Davie ignored player’s plea for help with depression

I swear to you, MWC Connection reader, I’m trying to find positive news. This, however, is very noteworthy and sad. The allegations in this article are serious, and I sincerely hope the justice system finds the appropriate answer to it all. RIP Nahje Flowers.

A month later, Gary Van Tol still ‘crushed’ by Boise State’s decision to disband baseball program

It’s been more than a month since Boise State became one of the first athletic departments at the FBS level to cut athletic teams as a result of the pandemic. Gary Van Tol talks to the Idaho Press-Tribune about how difficult it has been.

Bucks Call for Justice for Jacob Blake After Refusing to Play Game 5 vs. Magic

This isn’t Mountain West athletics related, but it doesn’t feel right to completely ignore it. The Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their playoff game against the Orlando Magic in protest of the Jacob Blake shooting that’s dominated headlines. Teams from MLB, MLS, and the WNBA also followed in protest (apologies if I forgot anyone). Historic day in the sports world.

Don’t get your hopes up, folks

Loud sigh

Paywall, but apparently Air Force might play two games this fall?

The clock is ticking

On The Horizon:

Coming Today: Bowl History: The Las Vegas Bowl

Coming Today: Simulating the Season (Game #2)

Coming tomorrow: Hawaii State of the Program

Coming tomorrow: MWCConnection Roundtable: Thoughts on the new NCAA guildelines?