New Year’s Resolutions For Each Mountain West Team
What are teams wanting to achieve this year
We could all use some work
Let’s be clear, most of anyone who makes a New Year’s resolution will probably stop in like a month or two. This means the next few weeks will be gyms extremely packed, the health section at your local grocery store and probably some people at your local book store vying to read more each year.
In the Mountain West football lens, we will take a look — with some lovely fun — about what each team wants to do to better themselves over the next 12 months.
These are some of most common resolutions (thanks, Google) so we will go with some of these.
- Exercise more
- Lose weight
- Get organized
- Learn a new skill or hobby
- Live life to the fullest
- Save more money / spend less money / invest
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Travel more
- Read more
So… what Mountain West team needs at least one of these resolutions to be better next year.
There are three teams that fall under this category with Hawaii, Wyoming and Nevada.
Hawaii has a lot of issues with whatever Todd Graham is doing to the program with how it is being run. There have been massive transfers, including his son and also an upcoming state Senate hearing regarding the football program.
Wyoming and Nevada have both lost a lot of talent in the transfer portal but with different reasons. For the Wolf Pack, it is because they have a new head coach and so many players went from Reno to Fort Collins to follow Jay Norvell since he is now the head coach at Colorado State.
As for the Cowboys, it is less clear why players are leaving but they have lost a lot with both quarterbacks in Levi Williams and Sean Chambers, running back Xavian Zallady, and many more. The next season for Wyoming will be a rebuild mode at a lot of positions, oh did we mention that Craig Bohl put a ‘help wanted’ post for its next quarterback?
Save more money and invest
This is clearly for Nevada football. A big reason that Jay Norvell left Reno to be the head coach of Colorado State. The Wolf Pack don’t necessarily need to save more money because they are not big spenders.
However, they need to spend smarter and invest in this football program. Norvell was the lowest-paid head coach in the league at $625.000. New head coach Ken Wilson will make $950,000 but that is still eighth in the conference. The pay bump seems more of a public relations move but the Wolf Pack not only needs to up coaches’ pay but invest in facilities such as an indoor practice facility that is non-existent.
Any team that did not go bowling last year and that includes UNLV, New Mexico, San Jose State, and Colorado State. Of this group, it looks that the Spartans are the closest to getting back to a bowl game. They did pick up Hawaii transfer quarterback Chevan Cordeiro via the transfer portal.
Colorado State is the next closest with Norvell and his tag-a-long former Nevada players. Plus, the Rams were actually close to a bowl game last year if not for some hiccups and unexpected losses.