September 5, 2009 |
UCLA has had a rough time with the Mountain West Conference recently. That is expected to change today, as oddsmakers have installed the Bruins as a 19 1/2 -point favorite over San Diego State. The Aztecs have a new coaching staff and are coming off a 2-10 season, but UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel leaned heavily on coach-speak throughout the week when asked about playing San Diego State in the opener. "This is a great coaching challenge," he said, adding, "After last season, we're not in a position to take anyone lightly."
March 26, 2014 |
No. 1 Arizona (32-4) vs. No. 4 San Diego State (31-4) Thursday, 7:17 p.m. TV: TBS . Update: This has been some rebuilding season for San Diego State, which was supposed to fall back after losing stars James Franklin and Chase Tapley. The Aztecs won the Mountain West Conference regular-season title after being picked to finish fourth. Senior guard Xavier Thames has been the catalyst in the team's second Sweet 16 appearance in school history. In wins over New Mexico State and North Dakota State, Thames had 53 points and only four turnovers in 78 minutes.
September 21, 2013 |
Big West Conference football has come to town. Well, the remnants of it. New Mexico State dropped by the Rose Bowl on Saturday night to pick up a hefty check and, probably, another loss. Across town, Utah State gave USC everything it could handle before losing, 17-14. These schools are alumni of the Big West. The conference dropped football after the 2000 season, sending teams off into the wild. “I still follow the programs,” Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell said.
June 17, 2010 |
The questions now facing Pacific 10 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott will be more along the lines of "what's next?" instead of "who's next?" The University of Utah on Thursday officially accepted an invitation to join the Pac-10, giving the conference 12 teams and prompting Scott to declare "we're done" when asked about further expansion. A name change, a decision on internal alignment and the pursuit of a television network would be the next steps. The name change would occur "relatively soon," Scott said.
December 31, 2010 |
Ed Wesley knew about the tradition ? and it frightened him a bit. Coach Gary Patterson and his staff built Texas Christian into a Mountain West Conference power and perennial bowl participant by identifying athletes and plugging them into their system, often at positions they had never played. The 5-foot-9 Wesley had been a standout running back at MacArthur High in Irving, Texas. He hoped to remain one after he signed with TCU in 2008. "I was so scared," Wesley, grinning broadly, said Thursday.
August 5, 2013 |
Playing quarterback is tough enough without having a sports hernia that causes your body to jackknife with every nose tickle. Derek Carr suffered quietly, but his 2012 season was nothing to sneeze at. He led Fresno State to its first share of a conference football title since 1999, throwing for 4,104 yards and 37 touchdowns. He was the Mountain West Conference player of the year and was also named to the all pain-tolerance team. "A lot of my teammates didn't know," Carr said of the injury.
October 18, 2009 |
at No. 12 Texas Christian 44, Colorado State 6 -- Jeremy Kerley tiptoed the sideline, then came to a near stop before finding an open lane to the end zone for his second punt return for a touchdown in three games to lead the Horned Frogs (6-0, 2-0) over the Rams (3-4, 0-3) in a Mountain West Conference game. Kerley's electrifying 69-yard return just before halftime made it 17-6, and came less than 2 1/2 minutes after TCU had finally taken the lead on Joseph Turner's two-yard touchdown run. No. 18 Brigham Young 38, at San Diego State 28 -- Max Hall threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for another score to lead the Cougars (6-1, 3-0)
March 28, 2014 |
Arizona and San Diego State did not meet in 2011 when both schools advanced to the NCAA tournament's West Regional finals at Honda Center. They met Thursday night -- like a fist meets a face. Maybe it was the underdog factor that produced so much ferocity in San Diego State's play, the upstart Mountain West Conference taking on a Pac-12 Conference powerhouse in a Pac-12 town. Whatever it was, shots flew, elbows flew and sparks flew Top-seeded Arizona had to scrap for every point and possession to escape with a 70-64 win before a crowd of 17,773.
February 9, 2010 |
The Mountain West Conference is the baby of Division I basketball, only in existence for a little more than a decade. But it's growing up fast. This week, for the first time, the conference has three teams in the top 25 of the Associated Press media poll -- No. 15 New Mexico, No. 17 Brigham Young and No. 23 Nevada Las Vegas. Those same teams are tied for first in the Mountain West standings, each with a record of 7-2 in conference play. "The exposure for the league is great," UNLV Coach Lon Kruger said Monday during a teleconference.
January 2, 2011 |
Many thought tiny Texas Christian would be brought to its knees, and they were right. In the wondrous moments that lighted up the Pasadena darkness late Saturday afternoon, several Horned Frogs staggered behind their bench, dropped to the ground and wept. "This was our national championship," said running back Waymon James. "This was enough. " Many thought outsider TCU would lose its composure, and they were right. Through the Arroyo Seco chill they danced, preschoolers in shoulder pads, running in circles, heaving their helmets, sticking out their tongues to catch the purple confetti as if it were an unexpected winter snow.