Daily Hike, June 12: Cole Fagan Out at Air Force
Lots of Mountain West Conference news slips through the cracks, but we have you covered.
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It isn’t often that surprising headlines emerge in the middle of June, but here we are with what you need to know to get caught up:
Mountain West football: Non-conference first looks [MW Wire]
We’ve begun to roll out our first previews of Mountain West opponents, so if you haven’t thought too much about the start of football season yet, now’s a good time to start:
- Colorado State: Western Illinois and Toledo
- Fresno State: USC
- Nevada: Oregon and Purdue
- New Mexico: Sam Houston State
PODCAST: Air Force preview [MW Wire]
The offseason previews roll on with the Falcons, where optimism abounds if lingering seasons-long issues can be resolved.
Examining the Air Force offense [MW Wire]
What makes a Utah State fan? [MW Wire]
Another of our new writers, Sam McConkie, introduces himself by talking about the influence that Utah State athletics has had on him.
Cole Fagan removed from Air Force football roster [Colorado Springs Gazette]
Don’t expect a great deal of explanation from the program beyond the initial statement, at least for the foreseeable future, but Air Force will now have to replace its leading rusher from 2018.
Another ranking of Mountain West head coaches [Athlon]
You may have read our own recent ranking of the Mountain West’s coaches — it definitely generated a lot of discussion on Twitter — so be sure to go yell at Steve Lassen, too, especially for ranking Jay Norvell even lower than we did!
What does Fresno State’s slick new marketing campaign actually mean? [Fresno Bee]
The Bulldogs’ newest effort to get people out to Bulldog Stadium and the Save Mart Center certainly generated a lot of hype, but Marek Warszawski contends that it may not hold much sway among people the athletic department needs most.
Wyoming loses a few football players to transfer [Casper Star-Tribune]
For a team in transition after three straight years at .500 or better, losing players hurts.
An anchor in the Nevada coaching community passes away [Nevada Sports Net]
Our condolences to the friends and family of Mike Bradeson.