We are at the mid-point of the week and with it comes the latest links pertaining to the Mountain West Conference and college sports in general. Check out what is coming your way today as the links press on.
Say what you want about the transfer portal and one-time exemption, but at least it gives players the power for once. The larger issue, as Nicole Auerbach points out, isn’t necessarily the number of players transferring, it’s the limited amount of landing spots they have. College transfers are lumped in with recruiting classes and therefore count against the 25 player limit per class, meaning teams often have to choose between high school recruits and college transfers for those coveted spots. Currently, there are over 1,000 FBS transfers in the portal. As the Wake Forest coach put it: “They’ve opened the output valve and made it easier for kids to leave. But they haven’t opened the input valve.”
It’s coming, in 18 states, as soon as July 1st in 6 states, but what will it look like? It won’t look great if all states don’t get on the same page, as it will be a major recruiting advantage/disadvantage. It does seem like student-athletes will earn money in some way. While the NCAA doesn’t seem like it will act before next month, the attention turns to Congress to make a clear ruling. Stay tuned.
Mountain West Media Days will be in person!
The Mountain West announces in-person Football Media Days July 21-22 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.— B.J. Rains (@BJRains) June 14, 2021
One change this year? All 12 head coaches on the first day, and players from each school on the second day.
Very excited about this.
MWC Baseball Freshman All-Americans.
Rebel Wade announces retirement.
On the horizon:
- Later today: Peak Perspective: Athletes in Recruitment Interview (AIR)
- Later today: Nevada 2021 position preview: Running Backs
- Thursday: Outside Look at the MWC with Brandon Huffman
- Friday: MWCConnection Roundtable: Thoughts on Playoff Expansion?
- Friday: Friday Night Lights Review S1E16