Tom Guadagnoli, Examiner.com: The Las Vegas Bowl is getting a new sponsor and date for the 2009 season. The date is still pre-Christmas and is December 22nd, and the sponsor is now MAACO which is a company that repairs and paint cars. The game still pits the Mountain West conference champ or first choice against Pac-10 4th or 5th place team.
The precios sponsor was Pioneer which gave out sweet swag as flat screen televisons, monitors, stero speakers, and cool electronics. So this year the players get a gift card to get their car repainted?
Jake Schaller, Colorado Spring Gazatte: Air Force starting cornerback and kick returner Reggie Rember is suspended from the team for unspecified violation of academy standards. The time frame of the suspension is not given, however it is not any criminal charges, and Rember is able to practice with the team during his suspension.
Rember was also one of the teams most markatable players as he appeared on the teams media guide in 2008, and any loss of games for him will hurt the team in their 2009 campaign.
Lya Wodraska, Salt Lake Tribune: Wide Receiver Aiona Key was to step in last year and compete for playing time, however his junior college grades were delayed and Key was unable to play much on offense. Key however played on special teams and made and impact with three blocked kicks with one of those being scored for a touchdown in the Wyoming win.
This year in Key’s last year of eligibility he plans to be a force on offense with the top receivers gone from last year. With the other wide outs gone from last year Aiona has a chance to become a real threat and play maker at the receiver position.