Latest Mountain West Conference football News

Avalos comes full circle from player to coach at Boise State

Jan. 10, 2021 6:11 PM EST

Andy Avalos was still in the middle of his playing career at Boise State when he was first told coaching was in his future. “I said, ‘No, I’m not,’” Avalos recalled. “At that point in my life, I had tremendous love and obviously passion for the game. It took no more than...

Coming home: Boise State hires Andy Avalos as head coach

Jan. 9, 2021 1:20 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Andy Avalos is taking over as head coach at Boise State, returning to the school where he was a standout linebacker and defensive coordinator. Avalos was announced Saturday as the replacement for Bryan Harsin, who left Boise State to take the head coaching position at Auburn just before...

Auburn's Harsin hires Mike Bobo, Derek Mason as coordinators

Jan. 7, 2021 7:45 PM EST

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn's Bryan Harsin hired former head coaches as his coordinators on Thursday, bringing in Mike Bobo to run the offense and Derek Mason to lead the defense. The new Tigers coach, previously the coach at Boise State, first announced he had hired his former Mountain West Conference...

Ball State running back Tye Evans (30) scores a touchdown against San Jose State in the first half of the Arizona Bowl NCAA college football game, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Ball State beats No. 19 San Jose State 34-13 in Arizona Bowl

Dec. 31, 2020 7:44 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tears were shed when Ball State coach Mike Neu told his players this summer that the season had been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. When the Mid-American Conference changed course and decided to start a truncated season in November, the Cardinals were given a second chance....

San Jose State quarterback Nick Starkel (17) hands off to running back Tyler Nevens (23) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Boise State for the Mountain West championship, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Arizona Bowl pits No. 19 San Jose State against Ball State

Dec. 30, 2020 1:05 PM EST

Arizona Bowl: No. 19 San Jose State (7-0) vs. Ball State (6-1), at Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona, Thursday, 2 p.m. EST (CBS). Line: San Jose State by 10. Series record: First meeting. WHAT’S AT STAKE Both teams are looking to cap breakthrough seasons with a win. San Jose State is having its best season...

San Jose State quarterback Nick Starkel (17) throws against Boise State during the first half of an NCAA college football game for the Mountain West championship, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

No. 19 San Jose State faces Ball State in Arizona Bowl

Dec. 30, 2020 12:37 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — San Jose State was unable to play on its home field most of the season due to COVID-19 restrictions and faced scrutiny over its travel plans to play Ball State in the Arizona Bowl. The 19th-ranked Spartans have shrugged off everything that's come before them and kept on winning....

Hawaii linebacker Darius Muasau (53) holds up the trophy after the team's 28-14 win over Houston in the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Frisco, Texas, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)

Hawaii beats Houston 28-14 in New Mexico Bowl -- in Texas

Dec. 24, 2020 9:17 PM EST

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Chevan Cordeiro threw three first-half touchdown passes, Calvin Turner broke the New Mexico Bowl record with a 92-yard kickoff return had another long scoring play to help Hawaii beat Houston 28-14 on Thursday in the New Mexico Bowl. The game was moved to Frisco from its usual location...

San Jose State head coach Brent Brennan speaks with players during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Boise State for the Mountain West championship, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

San Jose State finalizing extension with Brent Brennan

Dec. 23, 2020 4:24 PM EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Jose State is finalizing a contract extension with football coach Brent Brennan after he led the school to its best season in more than 80 years. Brennan’s current contract runs through the 2023 season and athletic director Marie Tuite said the school wanted to make a...

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2020, file photo, Houston quarterback Clayton Tune looks to throw a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Florida in Houston. Hawaii and Houston are in Texas to play in the New Mexico Bowl. The Christmas Eve game was moved to Frisco, Texas, because of COVID-19 travel restrictions in New Mexico. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)

Hawaii vs. Houston rematch in relocated New Mexico Bowl

Dec. 23, 2020 12:35 PM EST

New Mexico Bowl: Hawaii (4-4) vs. Houston (3-4), at Frisco, Texas, Thursday, 3:30 p.m. EST (ESPN) Line: Houston by 7 1/2. Series record: Hawaii leads 1-0. WHAT'S AT STAKE Hawaii will try to finish with a winning record for the third season in a row, something the Rainbows haven't done since 2001-04. The Cougars...

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 file photo, Boise State coach Bryan Harsin watches his players warm up for the Las Vegas Bowl NCAA college football game against Washington at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. No. 25 San Jose State will face perennial conference powerhouse Boise State in the Mountain West championship on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020 in Las Vegas. The game is usually played on the higher seed’s home field but this year it will be held at Sam Boyd Stadium.  (AP Photo/Steve Marcus, File)

Auburn hires Boise State's Harsin to lead football program

Dec. 22, 2020 10:04 PM EST

Auburn hired Boise State's Bryan Harsin as its head coach on Tuesday, luring him away from his alma mater and into the powerful Southeastern Conference. The 44-year-old Harsin is 69-19 with three Mountain West titles in seven seasons at Boise State, but winning in the SEC affords greater chances for playoff...