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Mountaintop View 7-11-22. Realignment discussions, Craig Thompson, rumors, Aloha Stadium, Sandra Douglass

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It’s Monday and we are back at it! Football news is always plentiful even in the off-season. Through it all, coverage is still coming your way today in the form of the latest news around the internet and original content later today and all of this week.

How will realignment alter the Group of 5?

Will realignment trickle down to the G5? Chris Vannini dives into the question. Consolidation seems inevitable and any team will say yes to a P5 invite. He says Boise State is the top option due to their brand and San Diego State checks off the most boxes all around, although academics are an issue for both. SMU is projectable, while Fresno State is eager, and UNLV has the market, but none are the total package. Also, either the MWC or the AAC could look to add from struggling P5 conferences.

Craig Thompson talks about realignment.

Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson is no stranger to criticism, but he doesn’t shy away from making public comments on big topics like conference realignment. This radio interview is worth a listen. He acknowledges some MWC schools have been targeted (to some degree) by other conferences and knows it’s how this thing goes.

How much stock to put in realignment rumors?

Matt Brown examines the rumor mill to help all of us out. He reminds us the pool of people actually in these conversations is extremely small. Trust those who have a good track record of breaking news. And keep in mind many may say they know if it helps recruiting or increases hype about a program.

New Aloha Stadium is a go.

Wolf Pack alumnus making history.

On the horizon:

  • Later today: A new MWC Recruiting Roundup with the latest news, offers, and commitments.
  • Coming Tuesday: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: West Division Recruiting
  • Coming Wednesday: Peak Perspective: Categorizing the players who departed in the transfer portal.