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  1. Tim Duryea - hot seat?

    Pretty simple. This. Nevada, Boise, and Fresno all first place in MWC in basketball. Boise continuing to win in football. WAC teams are doing just fine. USU football didn't struggle because competition changed after their first 3 years in MWC. USU football struggled because they lost a great coach and replace with a not so great one. Ditto for basketball. Switch coaches 3 years ago in basketball between Nevada and USU and where do you think each school is today? My guess is USU is top 3 and competing for title. It's coaching.
  2. OT: For you Texas Expansionists

    As an NMSU fan, i approve.
  3. Tim Duryea - hot seat?

    It is not a different animal at all. Nevada, Boise, Fresno are number 1,2,3 in basketball. They all came from the old WAC and have no issue competing and beating the MWC teams here before. USU has the resources to compete just fine and proved it when they initially joined the MWC by winning a ton in football. It comes down to coaching. UNLV, CSU, UNM are all down in basketball. There was no big step up for the old WAC schools. If there was, the old guard would be dominating. With the exception of SJSU and Air Force, any team in the MWC can be at the top in basketball in any given year with the right coach and recruits. You could probably make an argument about money with respect to football and winning consistently in the MWC because it takes so much more resources, but certainly not basketball. One recruiting class can completely change the order of teams 1-10 next year in hoops. Nevada can be like USU before the dropoff at end of Stew's run. Riding high today and one bad hire away from middle of the pack if and when their coach leaves.
  4. Tim Duryea - hot seat?

    He lost his mojo the last few years. Not saying he forgot how to coach, he just wasn't able to put the whole package together from recruiting to development to chemisty among players. It happens. He had a great career though, no doubt. I enjoyed the heck out of the NMSU USU battles back in the day.
  5. OT: For you Texas Expansionists

    I think we are in the final round of split in football between P5 and G5. I am not sure what will trigger the "official" separation, but once that happens i think more regional conferences will make sense. Splitting CUSA/Sun Belt into 2 new conferences with schools closer in proximity could happen. Maybe looking at something 5-7 years away. MWC could be spared in a new G5 realignment if B12 stands pat, but if the conference is pulled apart by Texas/Oklahoma departing for example, all bets are off. It would be chaos again and B12 and MWC could end up looking completely different. 2024 when B12 GOR expires could be the last chance any of the G5 teams can make a move before the train leaves the station, if not sooner.
  6. Tim Duryea - hot seat?

    There are only a few schools that are consistently bad, really bad, year in and year out in basketball out west. With the right coach anyone can compete in the top half or top third of the mid major leagues, especially programs with a history of winning. Of course, by the same logic, even if you won for years, one bad coach can set the program back year.
  7. Tim Duryea - hot seat?

    USU in the old WAC competed against Nevada, Boise, and Fresno. Those teams are currently 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. I don't follow your logic. USU basketball was already on a downswing before joining MWC, just like football was on the upswing. They won 16 games in basketball the last year in WAC. It just continue in MWC and didn't hire a good coach to replace Stew. USU did just fine in football the first few years, lost the coach and is struggling with the new coach. I don't think they are out of their league resource wise competing in the MWC at all. They just need the right coaches.
  8. OT: For you Texas Expansionists

    i guess i should be more clear. When i talk adding schools, i am implying that MWC has lost teams, not that it needs to expand currently. UTEP should have been added over SJSU, but understand the whole theory about markets and tv contracts. Don't agree that it worked, but i understand the logic.
  9. OT: For you Texas Expansionists

    My guess is it can hold on a few more years, but long term it doesn't look good for attendance or tv revenue. Too many teams and too large a footprint for the size of schools.
  10. OT: For you Texas Expansionists

    They have a ton of history with schools from the original WAC. They are 4 hour drive from UNM. Their facilities are way better than say SJSU, USU, Air Force, Wyoming just to name a few. The Sun Bowl sits over 50k. Yes they do belong. But i understand how conference realignment worked out. I think the next realignment, assuming MWC loses a few schools, UTEP will easily be back in. But we'll see. That's just my guess.
  11. OT: For you Texas Expansionists

    It's hard to see the CUSA in its current format surviving. Schools are too spread out and attendance is way down across the board. TV contract is bad. I think eventually conferences are going to need to go to smaller footprints with regional rivalries. Maybe if you took all the CUSA and Sun Belt and tried to tighten the footprint and mix and match schools that would help. UTEP belongs in the MWC.
  12. Bracketology Update Feb. 19

    I thought we had a good chance if we ran the table and only lost in the championship. Now it's 3 wins in Vegas. Hopefully we get back into a better shooting groove. Both games were right there if we could have made shots late. UVU was tied around the 5 minute mark and they hit some late three pointers and we missed a few shots. Seattle went to OT. Costly free throw misses at end hurt us in last couple minutes of regulation. NMSU actually didn't play bad. UVU in particular shot really well from three and put a lot of pressure on our offense. They are big inside and match up with us well. Seattle isn't as big but can be really streaky. Add in GCU and there are 3 teams that can beat us on any night in Vegas. We'll be favored but need to play well for sure. Unfortunately the 2 losses knocks us off a potential 10 seed and push us down to the 12/13 range. That's where it really hurts, again assuming we can win the WAC tourney. I can't see us dropping down in the 14 seed range without more losses.
  13. Bracketology Update Feb. 19

    Correct that it's all about the WAC tourney. The WAC is currently ranked 14 out of 32 conferences per article in Las Cruces Sun News today. MWC is still at 9. 6 years ago when the conference fell apart it was nearly last. So it's been a steady climb to the point WAC 2.0 is ranked above Sun Belt, CUSA, Big West, Big Sky. I mention those because at one point they were talked about as potential conference for us. Losing to second place UVU and third place Seattle wasn't a huge surprise, although many of us thought we would sweep road trip or worst case lose one close game. It's still been a heck of a year. The last several games, including a comeback against GCU at home, the offense has struggled. Shots haven't been falling at same rate. UVU is tough at home. I think on a neutral court we are the better team, but i expect really good games starting round 2 in Vegas. Here are top 4 teams heading into last stretch. NMSU ends up with bottom 2 teams of conf at home, so we will win the regular season and get the 4 seed in second round of WAC tourney. I haven't heard from a fan that isn't happy with Jans. He is the real deal. We should be good again next year with several recruits ready to go already. Zamora, transfer from Utah, will step in for our leading scorer Lofton next season. We have a good core from current team coming back as well. We are currently sitting at RPI of 46 which i think would put us at third in MWC. Nevada has had a great year by the way so congrats. NMSU 22-5, 9-2 conf UVU 19-8, 8-3 conf Seattle 19-9, 8-3 conf GCU 17-10, 6-5 conf
  14. Rember the days of UNLV, SDSU, and UNM?

    Can't replace TCU, Utah, BYU with SJSU, USU, Fresno, Nevada and not take a hit. Bigger schools with bigger budgets left. I can see with the right group of coaches a 2-3 bid league, but i think that's the ceiling and it would have to take really good runs for 3 teams. The thought of trying to get a Gonzaga or Wichita is intriguing for that reason, but just not feasible. Still a solid league either way, just not like before.
  15. Bob Davie Suspended

    Here are last couple articles from Albuquerque Journal. Suspension starts Saturday. https://www.abqjournal.com/1134203/unm-football-davie-suspension-begins-saturday.html https://www.abqjournal.com/1134378/unm-coachs-tenure-clouded-by-investigations-suspension.html
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