Today's show sees a long time friend of the program make a return trip to the show. Adam Nettina; former contributor to GoMids.com, former editor of the Utah Statemen and current freelance writing journeyman extraordinaire joins us to cover some serious ground as we start to look ahead to the 2011 season. Adam is back folks and he's one of our go-to guys when it comes to the service academies as well as the wild, wild west that makes of the WAC, throw in some BYU and our guy has got a full plate of info to dine on.
We kick it off by introducing you to the WAC, as of this season that is. We've got Fresno State, Nevada, Hawaii, Utah State, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Louisiana Tech and Idaho for the duration of this season. Fresno State, Hawaii and Nevada will still get the star treatment as the best teams in the league, even as they're on their way out, headed for the Mountain West in 2012. Adam talks all things WAC, fills us in on why I shouldn't feel that bad that the window of opportunity has closed for Pat "isn't the greatest guy" Hill and we look at why LaTech, Idaho, NM State, SJSU and Utah State should be on anyone's radar for anything.
Talk turns to BYU as we look at what sort of a leap the Cougars are making by shoving off into the independent ranks with Bronco Mendenhall at the helm. We look at what the BYU faceful were thinking as they steered on this course and both Adam and I agree; with the ESPN money, their TV money from ESPN and of course their own coffers continuing to swell their in good shape. We'll see what their defense can do this season; hopefully the old adage "a year older, a year better" holds true for them.
Finally we get into the Service Academies and wonder if Rich Ellerson at Army can continue to improve on the Black Knights record from a season ago. Will Air Force be able to withstand playing TCU, Utah and the rest of their slate this season. Of course, Navy is looking to reclaim their stranglehold on the Commander in Chief Trophy by getting back to their winning ways. Adam offers up a solid point as Kriss Proctor and his inability to throw at the level of Ricky Dobbs will allow the Midshipmen to get back to their run-centric ways.
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