Get To Know Utah State’s New Athletic Director Diana Sabau

Get To Know Utah State’s New Athletic Director Diana Sabau What to expect from the new Aggies AD Contact/Follow @MWCwire New era of Utah State athletics Diana Sabau has been introduced as Utah State University’s new Athletics Director and she is …

Get To Know Utah State’s New Athletic Director Diana Sabau

What to expect from the new Aggies AD 

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Diana Sabau has been introduced as Utah State University’s new Athletics Director and she is ready to “create comprehensive excellence” in Logan.

In an introductory press conference on August 10th, 2023, the world got its first glimpse of the new-look Aggie leadership team. Elizabeth “Betsy” Cantwell, Utah State University’s brand-new University President introduced Diana Sabau as the new Athletics Director.

Cantwell, the university’s 17th president, put her confidence in Sabau saying “Before I introduce Diana I want to say that in my mind she is the leader for this moment. There are many challenges that await her and that await us. All you have to do is look at what’s happening in conference realignment to know that we are at a very interesting moment in history… She has the skills, she has the experience… I’m really proud that who we are and what we represent as an Aggie Athletics community has attracted someone like Diana Sabau.”

Of her criteria during the search, Cantwell said “In particular (we) looked at what is going to take to elevate USU Athletics into the next realm. And that’s really where I know Diana and I are focused.”

Cantwell also gave some insight into the logistics search process, saying that the search committee, chaired by Brian Steed, Utah State Executive Director for the Janet Quinney Lawson Institute for Land Water and Air, presented her with five finalists on the very day she was sworn in as president. Before the president’s remarks, Steed said “Going into this search I recognized that this would be a monumental task.

There is tremendous interest in Aggie Athletics here in the valley as well as across the nation and we knew there was going to be a lot of interest in this… the entire search committee was very impressed by the depth and experience of our pool of candidates and we attribute that, obviously, to the great reputation Aggie Athletics has throughout the nation and the strength of our school just generally… we were able to attract just an incredible talent, an impressive skill, and talented leader to join our Aggie family.”

Included in a university press release, is a congratulatory message from Gloria Nevarez, commissioner of the Mountain West Conference, who has also known Sabau for some time.

“Congratulations to President Cantwell and Utah State on recruiting Diana Sabau as their vice president and director of athletics,” Nevarez said. “She is an outstanding communicator, innovator, team player, and above all else the consummate servant leader. A terrific hire for USU and the Mountain West.”

When she took the floor, Sabau quickly outlined her vision for the future of Utah State athletics and affirmed her commitment to student-athletes, the community, and winning with integrity. 

“Our student-athletes will always be at the forefront of my decision-making because we are here for them and they are here to make our community proud… together we will graduate our student-athletes so that they will be successful in the career paths that they chose… Together, we will create comprehensive excellence through all that we do in athletics… Together we will give back to the community of Logan, to cache valley, and beyond… Together, we will win with integrity, through our core values, creating a source of pride for all students, fans, and those who live and are part of Aggie Nation.”

She also promised to make winning an integral part of the department’s ethos. “I am a competitor, so of course, we are going to invest in winning.”

As she prepared to close, she offered an optimistic and enthusiastic rally, “Utah State athletics has a strong foundation and I can’t wait to be a part of how we elevate that and show the world: we are Aggies. Let’s go! Go Aggies!”

Sabau has an impressive resume and comes from a strong administrative pedigree.

Prior to taking the job, Sabau was deputy commissioner and chief sports officer for Big Ten Conference. Sabau oversaw the administration of all 28 conference-sponsored sports and was tasked with keeping the Big Ten Conference focused on serving the health, safety, well-being, and academic achievement of the student-athletes.

Sabau’s responsibilities included managing affiliate memberships, competition, scheduling, championships, sportsmanship, officiating, and awards and she had departmental oversight of football administration, basketball administration, hockey administration, Olympic sports administration, and officiating administration.

She also served as a key conference liaison to all the Big Ten coaching groups and administrators, including the Administrator’s Council, Senior Woman Administrators, ADs, bowl partners, coach’s groups, Sports Management Committee, and the NCAA.

Mountain West Waiting For ACC Move About Cal, Stanford, Others

Mountain West Waiting For ACC Move About Cal, Stanford, Others Patience is the key for adding teams Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire Gloria Nevarez The Mountain West is just waiting in the weeds for when the remaining Pac-12 schools will be …

Mountain West Waiting For ACC Move About Cal, Stanford, Others

Patience is the key for adding teams

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Gloria Nevarez

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The Mountain West is just waiting in the weeds for when the remaining Pac-12 schools will be available to add to the conference.

The latest is that the ACC is not likely to add Cal or Stanford, it reportedly came up one vote short, per Sports Illustrated.

The schools that reportedly said no were Florida State, Clemson, North Carolina, and North Carolina State.

Cal and Stanford to the Mountain West always seemed unlikely with Oregon State and Washington State a better fit. With the ACC lifeline not going anywhere, the Golden Bears and Cardinal might now be a realistic option for the Mountain West.

There is still a lot to figure out, including the AAC wanting all four remaining Pac-12 schools.

Mountain West commissioner Gloria Nevarez is being cautious and taking her time.

“A lot still needs to be researched and decided by folks outside of the Mountain West, but until then, we feel really good about where we are and who we are,” Nevarez said Thursday via The Athletic. “We have a really strong brand, and we’re ready for anything.”

This is a great stance to take because things are changing a lot and the Mountain West doesn’t necessarily have to do anything, but adding any of those four would boost the league.

The conference is also open to members who don’t participate in all sports.

“We certainly have precedent for that because Hawaii is an affiliate football-only member currently,” Nevarez said. “We’re open to everything. Nothing is being shut down at this point.”

Being open to everything, including teams that don’t participate in all sports is just good business.

Time will tell if any of this happens since realignment is changing by the second.

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Could The Pac-12, Mountain West Merge? Maybe

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It’s complicated

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The Mountain West is in an interesting spot as the rest of the four Pac-12 teams in Cal, Stanford, Washington State, and Oregon State. There are a number of options we weighed out.

The simple and less messy solution is for all 16 to come together but how is the multi-million question?

The answer could be a merger per Mark Zeigler of The San Diego-Union Tribune. His sources are saying that the Mountain West could dissolve in name only to remove exit fees which would be $34 million per team to join a new league for the 2024 season.

This would allow for the Pac-12 to keep its NCAA Tournament credits, the bump in College Football Playoff money for being in an autonomous conference, and have a more valuable name.

Who knows if that status would stay, my gut says no with the new members.

With the Mountain West going away in name only, they too can transfer its NCAA Tournament credits to the new league. Those are quite a bit since San Diego State made its deep run to the national title game this past year.

This move has been discussed with the higher-ups this weekend, but one troubling wording that is used is “move most or all members” from the Mountain West to the Pac-12.

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This should be an all-or-nothing deal. These four left-behind Pac-12 schools are in a tough spot and know what it is like to be left behind for dead. To do that to a few Mountain West schools would be beyond cruel.

Yes, there are some teams that haven’t played well in the money sport in football, but leaving behind struggling teams would be mean.

This new conference should keep everyone together and go forward. I guess it would be the Pac-12 despite 16 football and 15 basketball members. Maybe the league can get a boost and try to bring in Gonzaga to make this league a good one for college basketball.

No one should be picky at this point. The four Pac-12 teams can’t hold their nose up at playing or traveling to certain schools.

It would take nine out of the 12 Mountain West schools to vote for this move to avoid exit fees.

However, Zeigler reports that the founding members of the Mountain West are safe but the trio of San Jose State, Nevada, and Hawaii might be in trouble.

The Warriors have stadium issues as Aloha Stadium was unfit and it is taking a lot of time to get a new stadium. San Jose State football did recently win a conference title in 2020 and has been much more competitive but there have been years they have been just downright awful. Nevada is lacking resources and a commitment to football despite having a pretty good history.

Keeping everyone together seems like the smart choice.

TV contracts would be the next item to figure out with CBS and FOX and see if they would provide an increase through the life of the contract that runs through 2025-26.

Then there is the Pac-12 Networks, it might be best if they just go away but use the infrastructure for streaming games like the Mountain West does.

There is still a lot to go through and figure out. A merger will take time but principle talks about what is next should be going on right now because we are one year away from all of the changes in the recent realignment fiasco.

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What’s Next For Mountain West, Pac-12 Leftovers

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What will the Mountain West do?

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Future members from the old Pac

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We have been somewhat quiet on the latest wild realignment news that has shown the downfall of the Pac-12. Partly because it has not really involved the Mountain West.

Also, this latest round of realignment it sucks to lose a conference and these giant 16-plus leagues aren’t great for the sport. I was around during the failed 16-team WAC that was a blip on the radar. Will these last longterm, probably not.

As for where things stand in the college football world if you have been under a rock.

The Pac-12 is on life support, at best. The teams that do not have a current home are Oregon State, Washington State, Stanford, and Cal.

There have been some rumblings that Stanford and Cal could get a look from the Big Ten but that seems unlikely at this point.

The Mountain West has rarely, if ever, been in a position of strength regarding conference realignment. That may change now as these last four schools from the Pac-12 need some help.

There is value in the Pac-12 name so keeping that brand could be valuable but if any Mountian West schools were to leave for the 2024 season there is that huge buyout.

That is what San Diego State was trying to avoid when asking for an extension when they were looking at joining the band formerly known as the Pac-12.

If we are being honest, the Pac-4 can’t be choosy, and getting any teams into their league is likely impossible. So, what are those schools going to do and what can the Mountain West do?

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Add All Four

The easiest transition would be for the Mountain West to take all four schools and have a 16-team football conference and a 15-team basketball conference.

This would be great for new commissioner Gloria Nevarez to have these programs, especially Stanford which has one of the best athletics programs in the country, if not the best.

If this happens, would CBS and FOX come in and renegotiate a TV deal that is currently worth about $4 million per year? With more inventory that is a possibility, plus FOX wouldn’t be paying for Pac-12 starting in 2024 so there could be some cash lying around.

Now, it wouldn’t be that much but it should increase with more inventory and if we still believe in markets playing a role, the Mountain West would own the Bay Area and a little bit of the Pacific Northwest.

Market rankings nationally

6. Bay Area (Stanford, Cal, San Jose State)

16. Denver (Colorado State)

20. Sacramento-Modesto (Fresno State)

21. Portland (Oregon State)

27. San Diego (SDSU)

30. Salt Lake City (Utah State)

40. Las Vegas (UNLV)

Not bad but not great. However, Utah State doesn’t really draw viewers in Salt Lake City with the University of Utah and BYU around. Also, Colorado State shares the state and is overshadowed by Colorado. The same goes for Oregon State in the Portland market.

Having these four schools would create something new for the conference and perhaps get a media rights deal of around $10 million per year, maybe?

The Mountain West Joins The Threads App

The brand-new social media platform from Meta debuted yesterday and the Mountain West Conference made its presence known on day one.

The Mountain West Joins The Threads App

The brand-new social media platform from Meta debuted yesterday and the Mountain West made its presence known on day one.

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A new frontier for everyone.

There’s little doubt that Twitter is the number-one social media website for all things sports, but a number of recent highly-publicized missteps by Elon Musk have given competitors like Mastodon and Bluesky an opportunity to challenge for the throne and our attention spans.

The newest platform, Threads, was unveiled to the world yesterday by Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg and nearly every team in the Mountain West wasted little time making their presence known in unique ways.

Air Force, for instance, took the opportunity to remind everyone which military academic actually runs college football:


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Colorado State, New Mexico, and San Jose State decided to keep their introductions simple:


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Hawaii leaned on tried and true tradition to announce its arrival:


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Nevada and UNLV, on the other hand, already found a way to bring their Silver State rivalry to a new stage. The Rebels have already set the bar for other teams in the Mountain West to match:


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Utah State has embraced the audiovisual aspect of the new platform:


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Last but not least, the Mountain West Conference itself found its way onto Threads, as well:


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Not every Mountain West program is represented on Threads yet — Fresno State and Boise State are only nominally present at the moment while San Diego State and Wyoming are absent — but it appears that a lot of people across the Mountain West are interested in finding out whether this new venture has staying power.

Threads is available now through the Google Play Store and Apple Apps.

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Tyson Degenhart Talks About His Expectations For Boise State

A feature story on Boise State forward Tyson Degenhart.

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Tyson Degenhart Talks About His Expectations For Boise State

An Interview With Boise State Forward Tyson Degenhart

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Degenhart discussed his previous two seasons and his expectations for next season at Boise State

Since Boise State forward Tyson Degenhart joined the program in 2021, he emerged as a team leader and one of the top players in the Mountain West. As Degenhart enters his junior season, he is aiming for another successful season at Boise State.

Degenhart recently sat down with the Mountain West Wire for an interview about his recruitment process, previous two seasons, expectations, and more. Growing up in Washington state, Degenhart stood out as one of the best players in the region. By playing AAU basketball in elementary school with Boise State head coach Leon Rice’s son, Kade Rice, Degenhart formed an early connection with Boise State.

At a basketball camp prior to his junior year of high school, Boise State offered a scholarship to Degenhart. Ultimately, Degenhart committed to Boise State. When asked about his relationship with Coach Rice, Degenhart praised his head coach.

“He’s just a great dude to be around. He totally understands the players’ side of things, while also understanding the coaches’ side of things,” Degenhart said. “He’s been a great guy to be at the helm of our program, and a great guy anyone would want to play for.”

Boise State’s coaching staff also received praise from Degenhart for their offseason work. This offseason, Rice has been away from the program while he is working as an assistant coach for the USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team in Hungary. Boise State assistants Mike Burns and Tim Duryea have led the team through offseason workouts.

Based on the last two seasons, Degenhart has been successful playing for Rice and Boise State. Last season, Degenhart was the team’s scoring leader with 14.1 points per game. Degenhart was an All-Mountain West First Team selection in 2022-2023. He spoke about his improvements as a sophomore:

“I played a lot better in the post,” Degenhart said. “Just adding that to my game when I posted up, I knew I could score one way or another, whether it was me scoring or kicking it out to a teammate. That has just really helped our offense with such great shooters like [Marcus Shaver Jr.], Chibuzo [Agbo], Max [Rice], and Naje [Smith].”

The Broncos finished the 2022-2023 campaign with a 24-10 record and reached the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. Boise State had an early exit in the NCAA Tournament with a loss to Northwestern. In the same tournament, fellow Mountain West school, San Diego State, reached the Final Four and national championship for the first time in program history. Degenhart was asked about watching San Diego State represent the conference throughout the tournament.

“It wasn’t necessarily a surprise [to see San Diego State go on a tournament run], but it was one of those things that was super cool for our conference to have a team that we play against twice a year to make it to the national championship game,” Degenhart said.

Degenhart complimented the success of San Diego State’s Darrion Trammell and Lamont Butler in the Elite 8 and Final Four. He highlighted San Diego State’s recent history under former head coach Steve Fisher and current head coach Brian Dutcher. The Broncos split the season series with the Aztecs last season.

For Boise State to return to the tournament for a third straight season and have similar success that San Diego State had, Degenhart will need to have another strong season. Degenhart outlined his personal goal for next season.

“My personal goal is to be Mountain West Player of the Year,” Degenhart said. “I was first-team last year and we still have a lot of great players in the league like Isaiah Stevens coming back, Lamont Butler, and Jaelen House. As long as I take care of business and help our team win, that could definitely be on the table.”

For next season, Degenhart’s role will slightly change. With the additions of transfer forwards O’Mar Stanley and Cam Martin, Degenhart is expecting to leave his position as the starting center and return to playing power forward in the starting lineup. As a power forward, Degenhart plans on expanding his mid-range game and working on his three-point shooting.

Boise State is returning several key players for the 2023-2024 season, and the team will be expected to compete for a Mountain West Championship. Degenhart believes that this team can make a postseason run.

“We are not going to cap anything, but we can make it to the Final Four, As a team, if we can get that first win out of the way and forget about us not winning a game in the tournament, we are a second weekend team. Everyone believes that.”

In addition to being a standout college basketball player, Degenhart recently added podcast host to his resume. He recently started “The Tyson Degenhart Show” where he interviews notable figures in Boise State Athletics. He partnered with Idaho Central Credit Union to start the show.

After his basketball career is over, Degenhart wants to transition to a career in broadcasting as a play-by-play announcer, color commentator, or host. Degenhart has been busy with preparing for the upcoming regular season and pursuing interests outside of basketball.

Before the end of the summer, Degenhart and Boise State will take a trip up to British Columbia to play three exhibition games against Trinity Western University, University of the Fraser Valley, and Thompson Rivers University in July and August. These three games will be played in Vancouver and Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

Letters Between San Diego State, Mountain West Revealed

Letters Between San Diego State, Mountain West Revealed The exact text is revealed Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire Sure looks like SDSU asked out The letters that San Diego State and the Mountain West have exchanged are now revealed in their …

Letters Between San Diego State, Mountain West Revealed

The exact text is revealed

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Sure looks like SDSU asked out

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The letters that San Diego State and the Mountain West have exchanged are now revealed in their full texts, per public records requests.

The first letter has one word doing a lot of heavy lifting with “intends”in regarding its future with the Mountain West. The full line is “intends to resign.”

Here is the full letter from June 13, via The Athletic.

San Diego State president Adela de la Torre goes with a big swing by saying “given unforeseen delays involving other collegiate athletic conferences beyond our control.”

Basically, blaming the Pac-12 for not getting their stuff together. Plus, to reconsider the exit fee since San Diego State earned the conference $10 million in NCAA Tournament credits for making it to the title game.

The Mountain West came out swinging basically saying that the wording in the letter triggered an exit. That includes not getting $6 million that is due soon and also not receiving any media rights money this upcoming year.

Mountain West commissioner Gloria Nevarez replied with confirmation that on June 13 as San Diego State’s “Notice Date,” was an official notice of resignation from the conference.

It mentioned the exit fees which is approximately $17 million since this was before the June 30th deadline to leave the conference before that penalty doubles.

Nevarez also wrote that she would convene the Board of Directors to review SDSU’s waiver requests over exit fee and dates. That was being generous since she could have told the Aztecs these are the rules.

San Diego State responded again in a letter to the league on June 15 with these comments and backtracking.

“First, our letter dated June 13, 2023 was not the official notice of resignation from the MWC pursuant to Bylaw 1.04(a). As plainly set forth in that letter, its purpose was twofold: to request a one-month extension of time under which we could formally provide our notice of resignation, and to ask for the opportunity to discuss the exit fee.

“Second, because SDSU has not already resigned from the MWC, the formal Notice Date, as defined in Bylaw 1.04(a) has not yet occurred. As such, no such payments due to SDSU from the conference for the previous year should yet be withheld and applied to any future exit fee at this time.”

The end of the letter asks for a special deadline extension.

June 16th was the final correspondence that is currently available via open records requests.

Nevarez and the board came back with a hard no on negotiating an extension that would lessen the penalty for leaving the Mountain West.

“We write to inform you that the Conference will not approve any waiver of any requirement under the Bylaws of the Mountain West at this time.”

The conference has a deadline of June 30 for San Diego State to avoid exit fees skyrocketing to about $34 million. That day will be huge for the Mountain West, Pac-12, and San Diego State.

Once the calendar flips to July 1 it will be interesting to see how the end of the week goes for the Aztecs and if there is an announcement from the Aztecs or the Pac-12.

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What Should Mountain West Do Once San Diego State Leaves?

What Should Mountain West Do Once San Diego State Leaves? Should the Mountain West add teams? Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire Maybe staying pat is an idea. Don’t kid yourself Mountain West fans, San Diego State is on its way out of this …

What Should Mountain West Do Once San Diego State Leaves?

Should the Mountain West add teams?

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Maybe staying pat is an idea.

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Don’t kid yourself Mountain West fans, San Diego State is on its way out of this league to join the Pac-12. At least that is what has been reported for the last few months.

The only issue now is when the Pac-12 will invite them and how much the Aztec’s payout to the Mountain West will be.

San Diego State is asking the league for a one-month extension on having to pay either nearly $17 million or $34 million. Ideally, San Diego State would like to play less.

There is no real incentive for the Mountain West to do that as the league gets nothing out of it.

So… what should the Mountain West do under the assumption that San Diego State is going to leave the league?

We will provide a list of options that could be what the Mountain West could do. There are plenty and likely thousands of combinations to choose from.

Do Nothing

This honestly might be the best option. The NCAA does not require 12 teams to host a football conference title game so that money maker is still on the table.

Being out West, the options to add an FBS school are very, very slim. There is UTEP and New Mexico State and neither of those sound like great ideas.

The Mountain West media rights deal is coming up fairly soon at the end of the 2026 school year between CBS and FOX. That means negotiations are likely to begin about two years out which is next spring.

The conference can start negotiating to see what is out there for the league about a year from now. That can give the conference time to see what teams they may or may not want to add.

The value of adding teams in their geographical footprint aren’t there so maybe staying at 11 football and 10 basketball schools for the time being is a good option.

Take Some Western Schools

As mentioned, UTEP and New Mexico State are the only two FBS teams in the area. Neither are great at football but at least the Miners have a historical tie to New Mexico, Air Force, Wyoming, and Colorado State when they were in the WAC together.

That could help make up for the fact that the Miners football success is actually lacking with just two bowl appearances since 2014.

The Aggies are in much worse shape as they are a drifting independent but there is some history by being in the WAC from 2005-2012 which included about half of the current Mountain West. New Mexico State did go to a bowl game this past year so there is hope.

Adding inventory might be the way to go even if the quality is not there.

Raid The New AAC

The Athletic reported that some of the Mountain West higher-ups were interested in some combination of UTSA, North Texas, or Rice to get a Texas presence.

Those schools were part of C-USA but this year are in the AAC. That is a nice jump in pay for those schools. That pay not be great for long as the American media rights deal with ESPN goes through the 2032 academic year.

The Mountain West will have a new deal in a few years and very well could surpass what the AAC is offering which is around $7 million per year. That is the edge for the conference in pulling in some of those schools.

UTSA and North Texas make a lot of sense as they have or recently had success at the FBS level. Rice on the other hand, has not but the school is in a large metro market with an excess of talent in Houston.

Getting the league to 14 teams and three in a close-ish area would mitigate travel with three Texas schools. Plus, from a competitive standpoint it might be a better fit than any other school combination.

Raid The FCS?

This scenario has many more options but the build up to FBS can take some time, well unless your named James Madison. Options out West will always include Montana and Montana State. That is a fierce rivalry, quality programs, and geographically sound.

However, the last time the Mountain West was looking at them they seemed fine at the FCS level.

Other Big Sky schools that could be an option are Sacramento State, Eastern Washington, Weber State, and dare we say Idaho? This conference is the best in the FCS and has had multiple playoff teams at the FCS level.

As for how many from this league is up for debate, plus do they want to jump higher.

Another school is North Dakota State and one of our writers Michael Daly made his pitch for the Bison.

The Bison would be able to bring NFL Draft prospects to the conference. Currently, there are 17 former North Dakota State players in the NFL. The Mountain West would benefit from a school that generates solid professional players. Former North Dakota State offensive lineman Cody Mauch was one of 10 FCS players drafted in 2023. Mauch was also the first FCS player selected in this year’s NFL Draft.

The question is there for North Dakota State if they want to move up.

Add Basketball Schools

Football is king but maybe go after some basketball schools that can help the league. Adding a hoops school would be in combination with football as well, since that is the sport that brings in the cash.

Grand Canyon makes a lot of sense in that regard. They have a tremendous student section with a ton of support despite the school being so young.

This could be an easy add, and with how much money it has perhaps a football program could be started down the road.

Plucking a school or two from the West Coast Conference like St. Mary’s or San Francisco could add depth to a solid league. We could mention Gonzaga but they’d likely have better offers with the Pac-12, Big 12 or even the Big East. However, the Mountain West should at least ask.

One other school to look at is Wichita State. The Shockers were on the radar of the Mountain West but the lack of a football team was an issue. The school did a feasibility study and it concluded it would be very expensive to add football (duh!). With the AAC losing big time basketball members Houston and Cincinnati, maybe the Shockers would be OK in going to the Mountain West.

Whatever the Mountain West decides to do it will shape the future of the conference for years to come, so this is kinda a big deal.


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Max Rice’s Final Season At Boise State

What will Rice’s return mean for Boise State?

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Max Rice’s Final Season At Boise State

Looking Ahead To Rice’s Last Year Of Eligibility

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Can Boise State Make A Deep NCAA Tournament Run In Max Rice’s Final Season?

Following Boise State’s first-round exit from the NCAA Tournament, redshirt senior Max Rice announced in March that he would return to Boise State for his final year of eligibility in 2023.

Rice, who has been with the program since 2018, stepped into a leadership role last season. In the 2022-2023 season, Rice was the team’s second-leading scorer with 14.0 points-per-game.

He could have left the program to pursue a professional basketball career, but he decided to stay for one more chance to play meaningful basketball in the Mountain West Conference.

Returning for a 6th year will mean that Rice can play for his father, Leon Rice, for one last full season. This will give Rice a chance to reach the NCAA Tournament for a third-consecutive season.

The previous two seasons saw Boise State lose to Memphis and Northwestern in the opening round of the tournament. With Rice’s presence in the lineup, Boise State will try to win its first NCAA Tournament game. If the Broncos are going to have any postseason success, Rice will be a pivotal part of that run for Boise State.

With several key departures due to graduation, Rice will be an on-court leader in 2023. With another year of experience under his belt, Rice will be in a position to increase his scoring average from last season.

For next season, Boise State will also return Tyson Degenhart and Chibuzo Agbo. Rice, along with Degenhart and Agbo, will be expected to help the Broncos compete for a Mountain West championship. Boise State fans can anticipate seeing Rice as the primary scoring option throughout the season.

In 2022-2023, Rice had 16 games with at least 14 points. With the offense running through him in 2023, Rice will likely have more games with a minimum of 14 points scored.

Rice will be tasked with guiding the Broncos on a deep run in March 2024.

Calling All Writers: Come Write For Mountain West Wire!

Are you a writer with a passion for Mountain West Conference athletics? If so, Mountain West Wire is looking for you.

Calling All Writers: Come Write For Mountain West Wire!

Are you a writer with a passion for Mountain West Conference athletics? If so, we’re looking for you.

Contact/Follow @MattK_FS & @MWCwire

We could use your help.

Hello everyone! Since we started this venture back in 2017, we here at Mountain West Wire have striven to provide the absolute best coverage of Mountain West athletics you’ll find anywhere. Thankfully, our readers have made it all worthwhile, by letting us know what they want while following us on Twitter and Facebook.

Now, we’re looking to get better and we need you to do it.

Mountain West Wire needs more writers to provide coverage of certain teams so, if you’re interested in joining our ranks, please send a cover letter stating your particular interest and prior writing experience, as well as a writing sample of 300 to 500 words, to and Aspiring journalists and writers of color are especially encouraged to submit their work.

This position has a little bit of money involved which is based on page views. Think of it like a few extra bucks for lunch or drinks, keeping in mind that the more you’d like to get involved, the more views you could generate for your work.

In the past, a few of our writers have gone on to bigger and better things with newspapers, radio stations, digital platforms, and other publications. If you want to use this opportunity to brush up on your writing skills and get noticed, we can provide that. If you want to have some fun scratching an itch for your fandom, this is an outlet for that, too.

Our work has been featured on ESPN, CBS Sports, Yahoo!, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY, Rotoworld, and other major publications.

Here are the positions we’d like to fill:

College Football

The gridiron is our bread and butter, so with the 2022 season not too far away, we’d be happy to have you join our ranks and write about the season that never truly ends.

Our current priorities are finding writers to cover San Diego State and UNLV. However, if you have an interest in any teams not mentioned here, we’re also open to that because more coverage is always better.

College Basketball

Hoops season is year-round, as well, so help us cover the unpredictable race to the top.

We’re especially interested in finding writers to cover Air Force, Boise State, Fresno State, San Jose State, UNLV, and Wyoming. As with football, though, if you don’t see a team mentioned here, don’t hesitate to reach out.


We don’t typically dive too deeply into recruiting but, if that’s your thing, it would provide some content to which we don’t usually attend. Football and basketball are the go-to sports in this area.

Pro Sports

Obviously, there are a lot of pros who got their start in the Mountain West, so if you want to give updates on MLB, NFL, NBA or other pros from the league, that would be a different angle we like to cover.

We also want to cover the various pro drafts throughout the year, so if you’re a film junkie, most interested in examining how the conference’s best will make the jump, we’d be happy to have that.


Want to cover Olympic sports within the Mountain West? Now’s your chance.

This includes things like Mountain West baseball and softball, women’s basketball, soccer, track and field or any of the conference’s varsity other sports. Whether you want to focus on one team or the whole conference, let us know!

Additionally, e-sports has been a recent addition to the conference, too. Not many people write about collegiate e-sports at the moment, so this could be a chance to find a niche and provide some exposure to those in the Mountain West who are participating.

Finally, we could also use someone with an interest in creating short videos to embed in each post so, if that’s your field of expertise, you can contact us about that.

School/topic not listed? If your interest isn’t mentioned above, we still want to hear from you. It takes a team to provide the peak of Mountain West Conference coverage, so join us today!