Tag:Mountain West
Posted on: October 13, 2010 12:25 pm

Beat reporter reassigned after email to player

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's a tip to all those beat reporters out there who spend their days following a college football team's every move: do NOT write emails to players on the team suggesting that they'd probably be better off quitting the team.  Even if that team is New Mexico.   This is something that Alboquerque Journal beat reporter Greg Archuleta recently had to learn the hard way.

There were rumors that New Mexico running back Demond Dennis had quit the team following a loss to UTEP in which the Lobos' leading rusher only had one carry.  Head coach Mike Locksley said the reason behind it was that Dennis had to concentrate on his academics.

Archuleta, upon hearing the rumors of Dennis quitting the team, then sent the email that cost him his beat.
Archuleta followed the email to Dennis, which ended with "...that's why I'm trying to get a hold of you, to get your side of it. Let me know whether you can help, and I hope everything works out for you. If you have quit, maybe that's a step in the right direction."

Archuleta, asked to give his interpretation of the email, told the Journal: "The context of my comment, 'If you have quit ...,' was never intended to suggest to Dennis that he should quit the team. Based on the information I received, it was reasonable for me to assume Dennis already had quit."
According to Archuleta's editor, Kent Walz, the suggestion that quitting the team might be the best thing for Dennis, whether he intended it that way or not, crossed the line and he reassigned him.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to send an email to Archuleta.  I just want to let him know that while he may not have meant his email to sound the way it did, or lose his job, that this is probably a step in the right direction.  Anything that relieves you of having to watch New Mexico's football team is a step in the right direction.

Though he'll probably miss watching videos of Mike Locksley arguing with student reporters.
Posted on: October 11, 2010 1:18 pm

Boise State could be atop BCS rankings

Posted by Tom Fornelli

No matter what you feel about the BCS system that college football currently uses to help determine its national champion, the fact is that it is that we're all stuck with it -- can you guess how I feel? -- for the time being.  We're also less than a week away from the first BCS rankings of 2010 to be released, as they'll come out on Sunday following this weekend's games.

According to some projections, chaos could be accompanying them.  Well, more chaos than usual.

Jerry Palm runs the website collegebcs.com , and according to his calculations, at the moment the top team in the BCS rankings would be none other than the Boise State Broncos.  Palm's ratings have the top five looking like this:
  1. Boise State
  2. Oregon
  3. TCU
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Ohio State
Yes, that's right, two of the top three teams in the BCS rankings currently come from non-AQ conferences in the WAC and Mountain West.  Ohio State, who is ranked first in both the AP, Coaches and Harris Poll, are in fifth thanks to one computer ranking having them ranked 22nd.

Granted, it's likely this will all change as Boise continues to play its WAC schedule.  Still, the fact that Boise State is ranked so highly now has to make some members of the BCS a bit queasy.
Posted on: August 31, 2010 8:49 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:27 pm

BYU going independent in 2011-12; Is this wise?

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The news that BYU is leaving the Mountain West and going independent in football next season is, to put it mildly, sort of a big deal, and not just for the Stormin' Mormons themselves. BYU's choice of the WCC for all its other sports is yet another blow to the WAC, who had been rumored to be the destination for BYU's other sports. Sure, WAC football wouldn't have been directly affected, but with the conference needing to replace members Nevada and Fresno State, the presence of a high-profile athletic department like BYU's in the other sports would have made the WAC (and, indirectly, its football contingent) more attractive to potential new schools.

But this news really is about BYU, and mainly their liberation from the non-BCS identity that has haunted them since, well, before the BCS even existed. Bitterness over BYU's shared mythical national championship of 1984--featuring a ludicrously easy schedule and capped by a 7-point win over 6-6 Michigan in the Holiday Bowl--has (not unfairly) lingered to this day. Boise State and Utah have faced similar criticisms recently, and those criticisms have only been muted by--as irony would have it--the BCS system's ability to keep them out of national title contention up until now.

By moving to an independent slate, then, BYU can have greater control over its schedule and, more importantly, its television rights/revenue in a crowded but population-light MWC. Whether going independent will have a positive effect on BYU's actual national standing, however, depends on its ability to cultivate long-term scheduling pacts with high-level competition. Notre Dame, Army, and Navy are obvious candidates for yearly play, and we don't see any reason why they can't make a similar deal with Utah.

But past that, whom? BYU managed to spurn both the MWC and WAC with this move, and we can't imagine many schools in those conferences would be eager to schedule a date with the Cougars in the near future. Meanwhile, the Big Ten schools are already upgrading their schedule difficulty by adding Nebraska to the fold (and going to a 9-game conference slate in 2015), and the SEC is allergic to quality non-conference play. We're not saying BYU can't find 12 opponents a year, but they're not picking from a very big pool--especially when it comes to finding quality competition.
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