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ESPN, MWC agree to TV deal as well

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The Big East — or, what will soon formerly be known as the Big East — announced yesterday that it had inked its new television deal with ESPN through 2019-20. That deal is said to be worth $126 million over its seven-year life. Today, ESPN and the Mountain West followed in kind.

The MWC announced an agreement in principle for ESPN to carry the rights for football and men’s basketball starting in 2013 and ending after the 2019-20 season. The amount of the deal wasn’t disclosed, but it’s previously been reported to be in the range of $116 million over its life. That number is said to include the MWC’s existing deal with CBS Sports Network, the conference’s primary rights holder, but does not include a to-be-negotiated conference championship game.

“As part of this new agreement, CBS Sports Network and ESPN will alternate game selections (after initial picks by CBSSN) in football and men’s basketball with ESPN controlling the rights to Boise State home football games,” the release from the MWC states. “CBS Sports Network retains the rights to Bronco road football contests.”

Boise State will receive a minimum of three home games broadcast on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC, and three remaining home games will be made available on the ESPN family of networks.

The MWC will pay $300,000 for conference-controlled games that air on national networks (i.e., ESPN, CBS, NBC, Fox, etc), and there is an additional $200,000 to be made if those broadcasts come on a Saturday.

As the Idaho Statesman points out, Boise is in line to make, at minimum, nearly $1 million off this new agreement.

The deal is still expected to come out less than what Big East football members will make on a yearly basis, but as noted above, Boise State will be getting a nice deal out of it.

Report: Myles Jack leaves UCLA, will enter NFL Draft

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Well here’s a bit of a shocker for you this morning. UCLA running back Myles Jack has reportedly withdrawn from UCLA and will prepare to enter the NFL Draft in 2016. The news was first reported, via Twitter, by Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated.

Jack has played linebacker and fullback for the Bruins, and his decision to turn pro now comes off feeling a bit strange. Head coach Jim Mora certainly questions the decision by Jack.

“I think it’s very risky to do this. There’s a lot of speculation to ….where he fits,” Mora explained, via Thamel. “I’ve been in 25 Draft rooms. I’ve never seen a guys taken off (two games of junior tape)… Myles’ talent is without question. I hope he’s put enough out there where they can get a true evaluation.”

Jack suffered a season-ending knee injury last month in a practice. The injury led USC Athletics Director Pat Haden to send him a letter wishing him well in a sign of good sportsmanship between conference and crosstown rivals. Perhaps the season-ending injury led Jack to consider the consequences of returning in 2016 in a UCLA uniform, with players not being compensated for their play. The question then becomes if Jack is a good enough talent to go in round one, or even round two, considering the latest injury situation for him.

Well, here is the instant opinion of our friend Josh Norris of Rotoworld and an NFL Draft analyst…

Jack was a two-time second team All-Pac-12 selection and Pac-12 Defensive and Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2013.

Hokies QB Brewer a gametime decision, but RB Williams out for the year

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Virginia Tech has been playing just about the whole season without starting quarterback Michael Brewer after the Hokies signal-caller broke his collarbone in the first game of the season. Now, Brewer is on his way back to the field. Brewer has been medically cleared to return to practice in Blacksburg. It may still be another few weeks until he gets back in a game for Virginia Tech.

Brewer broke his collarbone in Virginia Tech’s season-opening loss to Ohio State. Once he left the game, it seemed the Hokies were unable to give the defending national champions much of a fight for a second straight season. He was originally expected to miss eight to 10 weeks of action, which would have meant a return for a Halloween game against Boston College as the earliest likely date. Virginia Tech has a bye week after the Boston College game, meaning Brewer could then be available for a Thursday night division game against Georgia Tech on November 12. Considering all of that, the chance Brewer might be available to play this Friday night against N.C. State is quite a pleasant surprise for a Virginia Tech team in need of some help after dropping to 2-3 after a second straight loss last weekend. Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times says Brewer could be a gametime decision for Frank Beamer.

The outlook is not quite as possible for Hokies running back Marshawn Williams. Williams will be out for the rest of the season after reinjuring his left knee in practice in late September. It is the same knee that was surgically repaired last December. Williams can use this season as his redshirt season as he has not played in a game this season. He will still have three years of eligibility remaining when he returns to the team next fall.