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Kansas hires former New Mexico DC Jordan Peterson as new safeties coach

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A coaching change at New Mexico has wound up working out for Kansas.

The Jayhawks confirmed reports on Saturday that former Lobos defensive coordinator Jordan Peterson has joined the program as KU’s new safeties coach.

“We are pleased to have Jordan join our staff at Kansas,” head coach Les Miles said in a statement. “He is an excellent teacher and has strong recruiting ties in Texas, an area that is vital to us. A rising star in the coaching profession and a true family man, Jordan is a great fit for what we are looking for in our program.”

A Lone Star State native, Peterson also coached safeties in Albuquerque in addition to his duties running the defense this past season. Prior to arriving at New Mexico in 2017, he was also an assistant at Fresno State. A former Texas A&M defensive back, he also spent two years on the Aggies coaching staff as a graduate assistant as well.

That wasn’t the only change Miles and Kansas announced recently either as the school confirmed that Emmett Jones was been promoted to Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach and given a multi-year contract to remain in Lawrence.

“Emmett has played a vital role in the development of our wide receivers and we look forward to their continued growth this season,” said Miles. “This promotion was well deserved and will be beneficial to our overall offensive scheme.”

The former Texas Tech and longtime high school coach getting a title bump and new deal comes after reported interest by Texas to bring him to Austin in a similar role coaching receivers.

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.

New Mexico, Danny Gonzales reunion made official

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With that, Danny Gonzales and New Mexico have filled the last open FBS head job (for now).

Earlier Tuesday, reports began to surface that New Mexico was circling in on Gonzales.  Late that night, the Mountain West school confirmed that the Arizona State defensive coordinator is its next head football coach.

Gonzales replaces Bob Davie, who parted ways with the program after nine seasons.  Weber State head coach Jay Hill and Montana State’s Jeff Choate were considered serious candidates as well.

Gonzales is an Albuquerque native who played safety and punter for the Lobos in the late nineties, then immediately joined the football staff. He remained there for the next 15 seasons, rising from graduate assistant (1999-02) to safeties coach/special teams coordinator (2006-08) under Rocky Long.

When Long was fired, Gonzales left the coaching profession for three seasons. He returned as part of Long’s San Diego State staff, first as safeties coach (2011-16) before being promoted to defensive coordinator for one seasons.

The 43-year-old Gonzales left SDSU for Arizona State after the 2017 season.  He spent the past two years as Herm Edwards‘ defensive coordinator with the Sun Devils.

“I would like to thank Danny for all that he has done for this program in just these last two seasons,” Edwards said in a statement. “We had a vision in mind when we arrived in Tempe and he was pivotal in helping turn that vision toward fruition. He is obviously one of the great young defensive minds in the country and when you have that kind of talent on your staff, you have to accept other places will take notice. We want all of our assistant coaches to succeed, because that means that our program is succeeding. I will always put our coaches in a situation where they have the best opportunity achieve that level success for themselves and for their families.

“I know that Danny will represent us well in Albuquerque and embody everything that he excelled at here while he was a Sun Devil.”

Gonzales will be taking over a program that has won eight games the past three seasons after winning nine in 2016. Outside of four New Mexico Bowl appearance, the Lobos haven’t been to a postseason game since 2004.

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.

New Mexico announces Bob Davie will not return to coach program in 2020

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The Bob Davie era of New Mexico football is officially over. Or, it will be after this upcoming weekend.

New Mexico announced on Monday Davie will not return to coach the football program in 2020. The school also confirmed Davie will coach the team for the regular-season finale against Utah State this Saturday.

“After meeting with Coach Davie this morning, we both agree that the time has come for a new direction for our football program,” New Mexico Director of Athletics Eddie Nuñez said in a released statement. “I’m appreciative of the work that coach Davie has done at UNM.”

Davie was hired by New Mexico in 2011. Since then, New Mexico accumulated a record of just 35-63 over the past eight seasons. Despite the losing record, the 35 wins are the third-most in program history, which is perhaps more a testament to the longevity Davie managed to have with New Mexico more than anything else. New Mexico did go to back-to-back bowl games in 2015 and 2016, with one loss in the New Mexico Bowl in 2015 and a victory in the same bowl game the following season. Those were the only two winning seasons for the Lobos under Davie.

Davie took over the job at New Mexico a little more than a decade after his five-year run as head coach at Notre Dame came to an end. He spent time as a TV broadcaster between coaching gigs. Davie currently has an all-time coaching record of 70-88 including his time with the Fighting Irish. Time will tell if we see Davie on a sideline again. Davie took a brief absence from the program earlier this season due to a health scare.

The Davie news comes on the same day UNLV announced its own coaching change. It’s that time of the year.