The Mountain West Still Has a Lot to Learn

Media days wrapped up for the Mountain West which by all accounts was a success, however something was missing.  With media days around the country going on the past week there are some things that the MWC could do better in their coverage.

While The Big 10 Network brought out the fireworks with live coverage on their network as well as high quality streaming and other interaction on their website, as did the SEC with their online coverage; The Mountain West had zero live coverage and eventually posted videos on the league’s site.

One would think that with their three television partners — Versus, CBS College, and The Mtn. — that there would be live coverage somewhere.¬† The past two years the league has had live coverage of medias on either CBS College or The Mtn. ¬†Then the quality of video and audio currently on the leagues site is similar to someone who takes a low quality video camera to record something on their television and then post it to Youtube.

Just a joke, well sort of.

Now to defend the league, they first they are one of two leagues to have their own network —The Mountain West Sports Network — and the league is planning on prepackaged interviews from media days to run Monday at 8 and 9pm MST. ¬†Why not do both? ¬†It would make sense to have a high quality stream and a live show during media day and then get other interviews to have another show.

This is not the only complaint about the television deal, besides not being on Dish Network the league unlike the Big 10 does not stream games for free on-line for The Mtn.  The games on CBS College are streamed but they are at a few to access their very extensive online sports vault.  If The Mtn. had at least that it would be an improvement, because if you do not have access to DirecTv or you are in an area that the cable company does not have The Mtn you are screwed.

Also, a good idea for more fresh content would be to broadcast the nine teams spring game. ¬†What a novel idea, know I know broadcasting a spring game like a regular season game can be expensive, however it can be done with out a sideline reporter because those are not needed plus all of the camera angles are not necessary. ¬†So, if you have the traditional view with a few others and the on-air talent would be enough, plus that will fill out 18 hours of live content — something the league desperately needs in the summer — which can be rerun all summer up until the regular season. ¬†That would bring viewers to a college channel that has very little of new content.

The league still has much to learn.

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More 2009 Mountain West Media Day Videos

Here is the entire official videos from MWC media  days.  Here on wordpress I am unable to embed them unless they are posted on Youtube.  The league would be smart to add them to  youtube as well, however they are smart and use Twitter and if you go to my Twitter page which is @MWCConnection all of the media day videos are posted and while you are there feel free to subscribe.  Enjoy the videos.

TCU Projected to win the Mountain West in 2009

TCU is picked to win the Mountain West for the 2009 year. Mountain West Conference preseason football poll and it is not as close as I would have thought.  TCU is a runaway favorite, which is a surprise because of the number of first place votes they received.  Besides that there is nothing too shocking, just remember it was here that you read it that UNLV is the darkhorse to screw things up.
2009 Mountain West Conference Football Preseason Poll
Rk. Team (first place votes) Points
1. TCU (15) 207
2. BYU (6) 190
3. Utah (3) 179
4. Air Force 130
5. UNLV 108
6. Colorado State 107
7. New Mexico 60
8. San Diego State 53
9. Wyoming 46

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2009 Media Preseason All-Conference Team

The 2009 preseason all-conference teams were announced earlier today.¬† There were only three unanimous decisions with Utah’s LB Stevenson Sylvester, TCU’s DE Jerry Hughes, and BYU’s TE Denis Pitta.

Somewhat odd that BYU QB Max Hall was not a unanimous choice and the only other options would be Andy Dalton from TCU, but that seems far fetched as Hall’s 2008 numbers dwarfed Dalton’s.

The only quasi selection comes from San Diego State in wide receiver Vincent Brown, because most of his yards came from the Aztecs trailing and having to throw the ball to catch up.

Besides that nothing to shocking here; TCU leads the way with seven total selections, BYU with five, and Utah also with five.

2009 Preseason All-Mountain West Football Team
QB Max Hall** Sr. BYU
WR Ryan Wolfe* Sr. UNLV
WR Rashaun Greer** Sr. Colorado State
WR Vincent Brown Jr. San Diego State
RB Harvey Unga** Jr. BYU
RB Matt Asiata Sr. Utah
OL Zane Beadles* Sr. Utah
OL Nick Charles** Sr. Air Force
OL Shelley Smith** Sr. Colorado State
OL Erik Cook** Sr. New Mexico
OL Marshall Newhouse** Sr. TCU
TE Dennis Pitta*# Sr. BYU
Note: Three wide receivers were selected due to a tie in the voting.
DL Jan Jorgensen* Sr. BYU
DL Jerry Hughes*# Sr. TCU
DL John Fletcher** Sr. Wyoming
DL Koa Misi** Sr. Utah
LB Daryl Washington Sr. TCU
LB Jason Beauchamp** Sr. UNLV
LB Stevenson Sylvester**# Sr. Utah
DB Chris Thomas** Sr. Air Force
DB Rafael Priest** Sr. TCU
DB Nick Sanders Sr. TCU
DB Robert Johnson Sr. Utah
P Anson Kelton So. TCU
PK Mitch Payne Jr. BYU
Ret. Jeremy Kerley* Jr. TCU
Offensive Player of the Year:
Max Hall, Sr., QB, BYU
Defensive Player of the Year:
Jerry Hughes, Sr., DL, TCU
Special Teams Player of the Year:
Jeremy Kerley, Jr., KR/PR, TCU
Freshman of the Year:
Ed Wesley, RB, TCU
# – unanimous 2009 preseason selection.
* – member of the 2008 All-Mountain West Conference first-team.
** – member of the 2008 All-Mountain West Conference second-team.

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