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Mountain West Conference lands rich new TV deal with two TV partners

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The Mountain West Conference has a brand new TV deal locked in, and it’s a big one for the conference. The Mountain West announced it has agreed to terms on a new media rights deal with CBS Sports Network and FOX that will run through 2025-2026. The six-year contract is valued at $270 million for the conference.

The new media contract with CBS Sports and FOX will send 23 Mountain West Conference football games to CBS, CBS Sports Network, FOX, or FOX Sports 1, and an additional 10 games may be added to CBS Sports Network or CBS’s streaming digital platform, which is a paid service. FOX will air game son both network television and FOX Sports 1. FOX will have first dibs on any Boise State home games as part of the deal. FOX will broadcast the Mountain West Conference championship game as part of its package of games on either FOX or FOX Sports 1.

Boise State continues to be a winner in the new deal with a higher percentage of conference TV revenue share. However, it has been noted this will be the final time Boise State gets such an advantage.

Also of note, Hawaii will be keeping its own local rights agreement. In return, Hawaii will hand over conference games as part of the TV deal. Hawaii’s revenue share will be calculated differently as well.

The new media deal is certainly heavy on traditional television outlets as opposed to the push for digital streaming options. Even though the media landscape continues to move away form traditional cable options, the Mountain West Conference going with a relatively shorter contract shows the conference is still comfortable with the media landscape’s stability for the near future. And for how much the conference will distribute to conference members for the next six years, everyone should be pretty happy about the deal. As far as Group of Five conferences go, the Mountain West has a very good deal in place with multiple viewing options to expand the visibility of the conference’s football and basketball brands.

Fresno State confirms hiring of Kalen DeBoer as head coach

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Fresno State’s next head coach will be a familiar one to the Bulldog faithful.

Tuesday afternoon, Fresno State confirmed that Kalen DeBoer has been hired as its next head football coach.  DeBoer replaces Jeff Tedford, who stepped down earlier this month after three seasons with the Bulldogs amidst health concerns.

His replacement will officially be introduced at a five p.m. ET press conference this evening.

DeBoer spent two seasons (2017-18) as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Fresno State under Tedford.  He left to take the coordinating job at Indiana, spending one season with the Hoosiers.

The South Dakota native has been a head coach once at the collegiate level, at alma mater Sioux Falls from 2005-09.  In that span, the Cougars won three NAIA national championship s (2006, 2008, 2009).

At the FBS level, DeBoer has also served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Eastern Michigan.

With DeBoer’s hiring, just one FBS head job, New Mexico, is open at the moment.  That could be closed shortly, though, as UNM is said to be zeroing in on Arizona State defensive coordinator Danny Gonzales.

Jeff Tedford confirms he’s stepping down as Fresno State’s coach

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It’s officially official.

Earlier Friday, reports surfaced that Jeff Tedford would be stepping down as Fresno State’s head coach due to unspecified health concerns.  It was expected that an official announcement would be made at some point later in the day.

Early in the afternoon Eastern Time, Tedford, who spent the last half of his collegiate playing career at Fresno and graduated from the university, confirmed in a press conference that he has indeed coached his last game with the Bulldogs.

Tedford had just completed his third season with the Bulldogs.  The first two, FSU won 22 games, a school-record for a two-year period.  Included in that were a pair of MWC West division titles and a conference championship in 2018.

This year, however, saw Fresno drop precipitously to a 4-8 record and end the season on a four-game losing streak.  Those four losses, though, came by a combined 20 points.  In fact, just one of their eight losses, 43-24 to Air Force in mid-October came by more than 10 points.

Prior to his time at Fresno, Tedford was the head coach at Cal, where he posted an 82-57 record.

Health concerns prompt Jeff Tedford to step down at Fresno State

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For the 14th time this season, there’s a change at head coach for an FBS program, although this is one of the most unexpected.

Myriad media outlets overnight reported that Jeff Tedford is stepping down as the head coach at Fresno State due to unspecified health concerns.  All of Tedford’s assistants who had been on the road recruiting have been called back and will return to Fresno.

A school official confirmed that an announcement on the future of the football program will be made later today.

Tedford had just completed his third season with the Bulldogs.  The first two, FSU won 22 games, a school-record for a two-year period.  Included in that were a pair of MWC West division titles and a conference championship in 2018.

This year, however, saw Fresno drop precipitously to a 4-8 record and end the season on a four-game losing streak.  Those four losses, though, came by a combined 20 points.  In fact, just one of their eight losses, 43-24 to Air Force in mid-October came by more than 10 points.

Prior to his time at Fresno, Tedford was the head coach at Cal, where he posted an 82-57 record.

Boise State looms large as MWC hands out individual honors

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As Boise State looks to claim its second Mountain West Conference title in three years and third in six, the Broncos will be dragging some personal hardware along for the ride.

Wednesday afternoon, the MWC announced its individual award winners for the 2019 regular season. Of the five announced awards, three went to members of the Broncos football program:

  • Defensive Player of the Year: junior defensive end Curtis Weaver
  • Special Teams Player of the Year: junior return specialist Avery Williams
  • Freshman of the Year: running back George Holani

The other two honors went to San José State senior quarterback Josh Love (Offensive Player of the Year) and Hawaii’s Nick Rolovich (Coach of the Year).

Rolovich’s Rainbow Warriors will be playing in their first first-ever MWC title game this Saturday. Their opponent? Bryan Harsin’s Broncos, of course.

At the time of this posting, the Broncos are listed as 13.5 favorites for a game that will be played on the famed Smurf Turf.

The conference also released its All-MWC teams. Boise State, not surprisingly, dominated that group as well with 14 first- and second-team selections, while San Diego State was a distant second with nine.

Included in that group of Broncos is Weaver, of course, who became a three-time first-team All-MWC performer. Another Boise player, offensive lineman Ezra Cleveland, was named to the first-team for the second time, as is the case for Utah State kicker Savon Scarver, Fresno State linebacker Mykal Walker, San Diego State linebacker Kyahva Tezino and Colorado State punter Ryan Stonehouse.

For the complete first-team All-MWC squad, click HERE.