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Mountain West alters revenue distribution plan based on TV appearances, but Boise State keeps sweetheart deal

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One of the more obscure remnants of the realignment era in college athletics is the way the Mountain West distributes television revenue. Most notably, Boise State was allowed to keep a certain slice of the pie (slightly less than $2 million) as part of the condition that they would stay in the league, then the rest of the remaining members would split what was left — with a catch.

That catch turned out to be a form of a bonus system that gave a little extra to schools who appeared on national television on conference partners like ESPN and CBS Sports Network. It appears the MWC has had a change of heart about how things are being distributed because that is changing going forward next season.

Per the Idaho Statesman:

The conference determined the formula and bonus structure was not performing as it had been intended. Now, Boise State’s membership agreement and its ESPN deal were honored, meaning the school gets $1.8 million up front annually. That’s the average bonus payout Boise State got from 2013-15 under the contract it agreed to when deciding to stay in the Mountain West. The remaining revenue will be divided among the 11 football-playing schools outside Hawaii, worth approximately $1.1 million per year, meaning a total of $2.9 million for Boise State.

The bonus system was a bit of a sore spot for many schools in the league, something commissioner Craig Thompson conceded in an interview last July. The new deal looks to be a little more fairer to everybody in the league and probably won’t draw as many complaints as before (though that Boise State sweetheart deal from realignment remains). While the overall figures aren’t anywhere close to their Power Five peers, it’s still a nice chunk of change for many of the Mountain West athletic departments.

Fresno State formally announces Jamar Cain as DL coach

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Jeff Tedford‘s first coaching staff at Fresno State is once again whole.

As first reported earlier this month, the Bulldogs have confirmed that Tedford has hired Jamar Cain as his defensive line coach.  Cain will replace Tony Tuioti, who left last month — after less than two months with the football program — to coach outside linebackers at Tedford’s former employer, Cal.

“We’re excited about Jamar, I’ve had my eye on him a long time,” said the head coach in a statement. “He had a proven track record as a winner at North Dakota State, he’s highly respected in the field, a quality person, a great recruiter, and cares about the student-athletes on-and-off the field.”

Cain comes to Fresno from San Jose State, where he had spent less than two months as the line coach for the Mountain West rivals.  Prior to that, he spent three seasons (2014-16) as the line coach at FCS power North Dakota State.

Prior to NDSU, Cain was an assistant defensive line coach at Wyoming (2013), Cal Poly (2009-12), and Missouri State (2006-08). While with the Cowboys, Cain was promoted to interim defensive coordinator at midseason after Chris Tormey was “relieved of his duties.”

Longtime Pac-12 assistant returns to San Jose State as DL coach

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In the end, it’s a homecoming reunion for Joe Seumalo and his new boss.

Late this past week, San Jose State announced that Seumalo has been hired as the Spartans’ defensive line coach. Seumalo spent the 2005 season overseeing the same unit at SJSU.

The Spartans’ wide receivers coach that season? Current SJSU head coach Brent Brennan.

“One thing I know about Joe is his players love him,” Brennan said in a statement. “His players will play their butts off for him. That’s what you need in the defensive front. You need guys to be relentless and to play hard, care about each other, care about the people they are playing for and I know we’ll get that with Joe.

“He spent 10 of the last 11 years in the Pac-12. He’s coached at a high level, year in and year out. He’s coached multiple NFL players. I know he is a great coach on the field and a great man off the field.”

Seumalo spent the 2016 season at Arizona State and nine seasons at Oregon State (2006-14), serving as the line coach at both of those Pac-12 stops. In between, he was the line coach at UNLV for one season (2015).

The school noted in its release that, in addition to their time together at SJSU, the two have previously worked on the same coaching staffs at OSU, Hawaii and Cal Poly.

Seumalo will replace Jamar Cain, who left SJSU earlier this month for the same job at Fresno State. Cain came to the Spartans less than two months earlier after leaving FCS power North Dakota State.

Oregon State, Fresno State announce home-and-home in 2022, ’24

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Oregon State and Fresno State will meet in a home-and-home in 2022 and ’24, the schools have announced.

“It’s important that we schedule strategically with a mindset of the rigors of the nine-game Pac-12 Conference slate,” Oregon State AD Scott Barnes said in a statement. “I believe we have developed a future schedule that will enable Beaver Nation the opportunity to travel to attractive locales and also present appealing matchups at home.”

Fresno State will host the first game on Sept. 10, 2022, and the Beavers will host the final game on Aug. 31, 2024.

The two squads have met 13 times previously, though not since 2003. Fresno State won the last meeting and holds an 8-5 edge in the series.

Ohio adds pair of assistants to Frank Solich’s coaching staff

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After losing two coaches last month, Ohio University replaced them this month.

The school has announced that Frank Solich has hired De’Angelo Smith and Pete Germano to be part of his coaching staff for the 2017 season.  The former will coach cornerbacks, the latter defensive line.

Smith replaces Anthony Perkins, who left for a job with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while Germano takes the place of Jesse Williams, now with the Kansas Jayhawks coaching the same positional group.

Smith has spent the past three seasons with Michigan State, the last two as a graduate assistant working mainly with the Spartans’ defensive backs.  This will mark Smith’s first on-field job at the FBS level.

The past five seasons, Germano worked as the line coach at Fresno State.  Prior to that, he was an assistant with the Bobcats for 11 seasons.  During that span, he worked with the defensive line, tight ends and outside linebackers.