MWC Roundup: ‘Ice cream fixes everything’ for San Jose State edition

935_-mountain_west_conference-primary-2011San Jose State coach Rob Caragher has stolen a page out of the kindergarten handbook in an attempt to lighten the dour mood around the South Campus.

After a lifeless performance in a loss to Nevada on Saturday,  he decided to bring some levity to this week’s practices by having the fat guys on the offensive and defensive line participate in a kicking contest, with ice cream as the prize.

It ended in a tie, so everyone got sweets, writes Jimmy Durkin of the Mercury News. It makes the players take their mind off the task at hand at least, but it doesn’t necessarily fix the fact that the Spartans let the last really good opportunity to wrap up a bowl berth escape and run for a touchdown.

Now, it means having to do it against a 6-4 Navy team that runs the ball as well as anyone or an undefeated Fresno State program that is firing on all cylinders.

Around the Mountain West

  • Wyoming’s confidence as a team is hurting after another big loss, writes Robert Gagliardi of WyoSports.net. The Pokes lost 48-7 on Saturday to Boise State to fall to 4-6 on the season, and with a tough Utah State team that can still win the Mountain division crown left on the schedule, a bowl doesn’t look likely.
  • San Diego State is 6-4 and likely going bowling this year, but it’s important to remember where they came from. They were 2-10 in 2008, the year before Brady Hoke arrived, and opened this seaosn 0-3. In mid-September, they looked like one of the worst in the nation.
  • The Aztecs will take on UNLV on Thursday on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m.
  • Oops on Nevada basketball.
  • The new way the Mountain West Conference pays out money for nationally televised games is starting to get noticed. The Reno Gazette-Journal notes that Nevada lost out on $300,000 from the switch because they only had one nationally televised game on one of the required networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, ESPN, ESPN2). Under the previous system, which split the money evenly, the Wolf Pack would have netted $600,000. The system was designed to help it keep Boise State, which makes it not surprising that the Broncos benefit the most from it this year.
  • Ron Kantowski wants people to hold up a little bit before people anoint Bobby Hauck a god in Las Vegas.
  • 60 percent of New Mexico’s offensive output will not be suited up for Saturday’s Fresno State game, but the Bulldogs are worried about the Lobos’ Clayton Mitchem, a more athletic and better passing quarterback than regular starter Cole Gautsche.
  • Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs, fresh off an astounding game in which he ran for six touchdowns against New Mexico, is putting the school on the map again, coach Jim McElwain said.
  • In volleyball news, Colorado State’s volleyball team is still damn good. They’ve wrapped up a share of the Mountain West title this year so far.
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