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Finally, the Colors Have Turned!

July 19, 2010

Caught this little tidbit of information on a Cowboy Joe Club twitter update. The powers that be at UW have finally changed the colors at the War to reflect the “new” yet old school colors. This has been something that has stuck in my craw for years now. I mean how hard is it to apply some bright yellow (game day gold) paint? All I know is it looks good! Can’t wait for the 2010 season to start.

We are in the dog days of summer folks and I have been enjoying the summer weather a little too much to update this blog on a regular basis. Do not worry though because when August comes Cowboy Tough will be getting ready for the season with some potentially exciting changes to the site.

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Adios Utah!!!

June 17, 2010

Maybe Joe Glenn had it right vs. Utah?

 

For almost one full week the Mountain West was knocking on the door of an automatic BCS birth after this coming seasons  evaluation period but those chances took a hit once again. Why? The Utah Utes are chasing the money (who can blame them?) and are leaving the MWC in favor of the Pac-10 who now has 12 teams after adding Colorado to the mix last week. I am very surprised about this development in general because I never thought Utah would leave the MWC if they couldn’t take BYU with them. Now the people in Utah are trying to justify their move by claiming going to the Pac-10 makes “The HolyWar” more intense . This is a pretty crazy statement but good for them, they are cashing in their recent football success for a major pay-day that will help sports programs and academics. Now let’s send them a nice parting gift by taking it to them at the War on October 16th!!!!!

Welcome Aboard Boise State!!!!

June 11, 2010

Quick turnaround from Monday folks. My guess is the major conerence shifts are not going to happen but either way the MWC decided Boise was a good fit for the league. Here is the official press release:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ? The Mountain West Conference announced today that Boise State University has accepted an invitation to join the MWC as its 10th member institution, effective July 1, 2011.

“We are pleased and excited to welcome Boise State University to the Mountain West Conference,” said Commissioner Craig Thompson. “Since our inception just 11 short years ago, the Mountain West has experienced tremendous success, and the addition of Boise State will further enhance that strength. The MWC continues to strategize regarding potential membership scenarios and bringing Boise State into the Conference is an important part of that evolution.”

“The invitation to join the Mountain West Conference reflects the excellence that Boise State University has demonstrated academically and athletically,” said Boise State President Robert Kustra. “It will be a privilege to compete and partner with such a successful group of member institutions. This move is in the best interests of Boise State’s future, and the university is excited to be part of one of the nation’s most outstanding conferences.”

The Mountain West Conference was founded with eight members in 1998. Boise State is the second institution to join the Mountain West since that time; TCU became a member in 2005.

No Soup For You Boise St. !!!

June 7, 2010

After much talk and speculation, the Mountain West decided not to expand at this time. With so much uncertainty the conference presidents and leadership are going to see what plays out among the “power” conferences (Big-10, Big-12, Pac-10). Once those moves are made, I am certain the Mountain West will make the proper moves in order for its institutional members to gain access into the BCS. Expansion plans of almost any number are still on the table but my guess is 12 will be the magic number when it’s all said and done. A scenario I like the most is where the Big 12 falls apart due to teams leaving for the Pac-10 and Big-10 leaving the MWC to add Boise St, Kansas and Kansas St to form a 12 member league. Who would you like to see in the MWC?

Mountain West Expansion On Hold ………For Now

June 7, 2010

UPDATE: The MWC has scheduled a 11:45 MST press conference. It is expected they will announce if the conference is expanding or not. My  initial guess of Boise being added looks to be wrong as no MWC presidents will  be speaking. When TCU was added the president at BYU spoke. Full details to follow!!!!

The giant elephant in the office of every college athletic director is still in the room and it looks like he may be staying for a while. The MWC was already to issue an invite to Boise St. as early as today but it looks like that is on hold for now according to reports out of Idaho. This is due to the fact that there is great uncertainty in the air after the Pac-10,    Big-12 and Big-10 had meetings over the weekend (hit up the conference links for the latest from each conference). The Pac-10 is looking to raid the Big-12 south with the Big-10 going after Big-12 north teams Nebraska and Mizzou. This puts the Big-12 “leftovers” in play for the Mtn West, those teams could possible include, Kansas, Kansas St., Iowa State, Colorado and Baylor. So the Mountain West has put a hold on adding Boise to see what the other power conferences will do in the next few weeks. A 10, 12 or 16 team MWC is in the very near future and Boise would be included in each of those scenarios so their invite could still come sometime this month. Although all of this is un-needed in Cowboy Tough’s opinion is interesting to watch as college football as we know it is reshaped.

Football Recruiting Update

June 3, 2010

Dave Christensen and the Cowboys landed their first two verbal commitments for the 2011 season. According to Rivals.com  and Scout.com Texas products DB Chad Reese (Tyler, TX) and LB Kevin Palin (Aldine, TX) have initially pledged their services to the brown and gold. These are non-binding commitments of course and these players can’t officially become Pokes until next February. Overall, I’m surprised it has taken this long to land a commitment coming off the bowl win but I would expect the Pokes to have a total of 5-6 players committed after a summer of high school football camps.

According to the recruiting services, no other schools were noted as recruiting Reese and Palin was being recruited by Tulsa as well as I-AA (FCS) member SE Louisiana. So neither of these players have “star” quality but they fit the rigorous evaluation system coach Christensen has set in place. I hope these young men honor their commitments and are in Laramie in 2011.

2011 Wyoming Football Commitment List

LB Kevin Palin – Aldine, TX, 6-0, 195 

DB Chad Reese – Tyler, TX, 5-11, 174

Meet The New Assistant Basketball Coach

May 19, 2010

 

UPDATE: The hire is now official, get the presser HERE.

If the rumor mill is correct, Nate Dixon who was an assistant last year for Louisiana-Lafayette is the new Wyoming assistant basketball coach. During his Division I coaching career he has had stops at New Orleans, Louisiana-Monroe, Florida, and Stetson. Dixon has the reputation of being an outstanding recruiter and should help the Pokes land players from the southeast.

As you may notice, Louisiana and Florida are nowhere near the state of California so Cowboy Tough’s early speculation that the new assistant would have ties to the golden state was wrong but hey at least we gave it a shot.