I apologize for my posts abruptly stopping yesterday. I made it to the airport early, where I thought I’d blog some more, but construction has messed up the wireless there. So today I’ll be putting in a few more thoughts from media days in a series of posts.
First, here’s the story I wrote for today’s edition of The Gazette about Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson’s state of the conference address (some Air Force notes are tacked on the bottom).
One thing I didn’t fit in the story: Thompson said he’s been asked a bunch why the MWC signed the BCS deal with ESPN that runs through the 2013 season if it’s so against system.
Basically, it’s because the slight chance of a MWC team breaking into the BCS (and even slighter chance of playing for a title) means more than making a point.
“Our board of directors felt we had only one opportunity for the postseason, and that was the BCS,” Thompson said. “We cannot deny our student-athletes that opportunity.
“Our student-athletes will not be made a pawn. This is not their issue. This is our issue.”